Earthquake in Mexico Unearths Years of Corruption

September 20, 2017

The Mexican government learned some lessons after the devastating earthquake of 1985, but there hasn’t been an end to corruption, says Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy

30,000 Mexicans Have Disappeared in Past 10 Years

August 13, 2017

Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy says that as thousands disappear the Mexican government has turns a blind eye instead of investigating and preventing disappearances

Mexico Uses Israeli Spyware to Target Lawyers, Journalists and Activists

June 24, 2017

“We have an alliance between the Mexican government and the Trump administration against the Mexican people,” says John Ackerman, editor-in-chief of the Mexican Law Review. “We’re being massacred and spied on systematically in Mexico.”

Will Social Democracy Prevail in Mexico’s 2018 Election?

February 26, 2017

Andres Manuel Lopez Abradore and the Morena party could revive left-wing politics in Latin America, says National Autonomous University of Mexico’s John Ackerman

Mexican President Faces Crisis of Legitimacy Following Trump Feud

January 27, 2017

The end of NAFTA and the building of a wall along with a resurgent left movement in Mexico gives an opportunity for the nation to turn away from the neoliberal fantasy of North American integration, says Professor John Ackerman

Mexican Gov. Faces Crisis of Legitimacy After Consumption Tax on Oil Catalyzes Popular Protests

January 8, 2017

Deep disdain for President Enrique Pina Nieto has opened up the possibility of an electoral victory for the left, says Professor John Ackerman

Secret Mexican Government Report on Missing Students Shows Official Cover-up

December 20, 2016

The Unreleased Attorney General’s report about the investigation of 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa implicates the investigators, says journalist Anabel Hernandez

Mexicans Protest on Second Anniversary of Disappearance of 43 Students

September 28, 2016

The government continues to drag its feet in resolving the case of missing 43 Ayotzinapa students, says Laura Carlsen

Mexican Teachers Set to Strike On First Day of School Over Neoliberal Education Reform

August 17, 2016

Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas program at the Center for International Policy in Mexico City, says the families of the 43 disappeared students joined teachers in protest of the legislation

Despite Facing Threats of Force, Mexican Teachers Continue to Strike

July 8, 2016

As Mexico’s general strike spreads to the political centers of Mexico City and Monterrey, John Ackerman says international solidarity can play a role in preventing the use of governmental force

Resurgence in Left Politics in Mexico Following Oaxaca Teachers Strike Massacre

June 29, 2016

Law professor John Ackerman says the Morena Party is trying to mobilize social movements into a political force that has already brought hundreds of thousands to the streets

Commentary: Oaxaca Teachers Strike Is About Defending The Revolutionary Educational Tradition

June 24, 2016

John Ackerman of UNAD says that acts of state violence, like the police killings at the Oaxaca teacher strike and the “disappearance” of 43 students Guerrero, show that Mexico is not a democracy

Nine Killed in Police Crackdown on Oaxaca Teacher’s Strike

June 21, 2016

Teachers in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca are “defending probably what is the biggest neoliberal strike against the right to unionize, and to organize for labor protections and labor rights, in the hemisphere in the last four decades,” said Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas program at the Center for International Policy in Mexico City. This past weekend, Mexican police forces shot and killed at least eight teachers and one journalist in state of Oaxaca. The teachers were blocking a highway in protest against new education reforms. “It rolls back a lot of the historical conquest of the education workers over the past decades. And it essentially strips them of their right to representation — even the right to hold their jobs and have a fair hearing in terms of their dismissal,” said Carlsen. Carlsen also criticized the teacher evaluations as “a recipe for an arbitrary firing of a number of teachers, especially the ones who are working in the most difficult situation.” “If the teachers are successful in bringing together other sectors of society and creating a model where these reforms are opened up and actually debated in society to see if there’s a consensus on them or not, then their whole plan of imposition will fall apart, and that’s why the government has chosen repression,” said Carlsen.

Is Mexico a Democracy?

February 29, 2016

John Ackerman speaks about political violence, corruption, what has made democracy so dysfunctional, and how the Obama administration’s policies towards Mexico are not helping.

Parents Stage Hunger Strike to Demand Answers One Year After Disappearance of 43 Mexican Students

September 25, 2015

TRNN speaks with student activists in Mexico about the findings unveiled by the experts commission on the disappearances

Clinton Emails and the Privatization of Mexico’s State Owned Oil and Gas Company (1/2)

August 13, 2015

Steve Horn of says the emails confirm that Clinton’s State had a role in breaking up the state-owned oil and gas company, Pemex, paving the way for international oil to wreak the benefits of off shore drilling

A Second Mexican Revolution in the Works (2/2)

December 15, 2014

Climate of impunity persists in Mexico and only 6.8 % of the 33 million crimes committed in 2013 were ever investigated says John M. Ackerman, Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico

A Second Mexican Revolution in the Works

December 2, 2014

The case of the 43 missing students has sparked a second revolution in Mexico as the discontent over current socio-economic conditions grows, says John M. Ackerman, Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico

Will Mexico’s Successful Anti-Cartel Militias’ Seek Systemic Change?

February 2, 2014

Mexico’s anti-drug cartel and corruption vigilante groups are growing in power and influence, but whose interests do they serve?

Mexico’s Vigilante Groups Are a Force to Reckon with for Drug Cartels and Army

January 31, 2014

The Mexican Federal Government negotiated a deal with the “Autodefensas”, or community militias, as they fight to loosen the drug cartel’s monopoly on power and violence in the Mexican state of Michoacan