Wednesday - Jan 16, 2019

OAS calls an extraordinary session on Nicaragua


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The meeting had been requested in an emergency by the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro

by the El Reportero‘s wire services

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) convened an extraordinary session to address the crisis in Nicaragua for this Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 a.m. (US Pacific time).

The Chancellery of Costa Rica confirmed that, this Thursday, it was called to an extraordinary session of the OAS to evaluate the situation in Nicaragua, after the secretary general of that organization, Luis Almagro, requested to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the newspaper reported. Costa Rican.

Zapatistas are back and preparing to confront AMLO over Maya Train, other projects
Their army has linked up with indigenous organizations to create a national network of opposition

January 1 will mark 24 years since the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) emerged from the rainforests of Chiapas to declare war on the Mexican government.

Now they plan to mount another protest movement, this time against President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his Maya Train project.

The former army is now a political movement and is preparing to raise its voice against the train and other development projects on the first day of the new year, according to a report by the newspaper Milenio.

The organization and two indigenous groups met in October and drafted a text that claimed the new federal government represented a threat to indigenous communities with the Cancún-Palenque train, its trans-Isthmus projects and expansion of the economic zones.

In response, they said, they would create the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion to fight the federal government’s plans.

They also expressed opposition to López Obrador’s plan to plant a million hectares with fruit and other trees in the south of the country, a project intended to promote economic development, the government’s support for mining, its plans to incorporate 50,000 youths into the armed forces and its approval of the new trade agreement that replaces NAFTA.

Pedro Faro Navarro, director of the Frayba Human Rights Center explained that the networks would not only try to bring together indigenous peoples, as it has in the past, but anyone who opposes the country’s system of government.

He said the Maya Train project is only “the tip of the iceberg” for the EZLN and its allies because bringing such a project into Chiapas represents “the dispossession of the indigenous peoples’ lands” and will translate into “confrontations between the government of the ‘Fourth Transformation’ and the native peoples of southern Mexico.”

Large-scale public works projects like the Maya Train provoke the exclusion of the autonomous organized peoples who outright oppose the project, the activist said.

López Obrador has won support for his plans from some indigenous communities and was even honored by indigenous representatives at his official inauguration as president.
But not all see the new president and his Morena party as their political home.

Source: El Sol de México (sp), Milenio (sp).

Mexico to Accelerate census to implement social welfare programs

Mexico”s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged regional delegates to accelerate a population census in the 32 states of the country to help implement social welfare programs, the Jalisco coordinator revealed on Thursday.

Carlos Lomeli Bolaños, from Jalisco, admitted there are delays and by the end of the year only 50 percent have made progress in the registry.

These programs, about fifty, are part of the National Security Plan that the president is deploying in his fight against corruption and criminal violence, which has a coercive and a social policy.

The first, aimed at changing the constitution to create a National Guard integrated in its initial phase by the armed forces, the Navy and the federal police. It will be organized by the state governments but with the presence of special coordinators who respond to the federal Executive.

The second, considered the most important by López Obrador because it attacks the roots and causes of crime and corruption, includes dozens of economic and social development plans to generate employment, train citizens in all fields of knowledge, create a scholarship system and give priority attention to young people.

The president believes it is necessary to carry out a population counting with many details called social welfare census, in order to implement the specific plans whose financing is contemplated in the 2019 budget approved by the House of Representatives.

Mexico Reiterates Firm Rejection of US Taxation on Migrants

The Mexican government on Monday reiterated its firm rejection of an imposition by the United States to declare Third Safe Country and receive the Central American migrants who remain on the border in a legal limbo.

Last week, President Donald Trump declared Mexico a safe country that would receive the Central Americans, whom he described as frozen because US immigration authorities did not respond to their asylum requests, and at the same time, Mexico denied that there was an agreement of such nature.

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