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Servicios Para una Educación Alternativa A.C. January 21, 2016 another journalist was gunned down in Mexico recently, his name is Marcos Hernández Bautista, 38 years old, journalist from “Noticias - Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca”. Hernández Bautista was killed in San Andrés Huaxpaltepec, in the coastal district of Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca. They found his body slumped by his car. He's the fifth journalist killed under Gabino Cué's term as governor. According to police forces, the communicator was killed instantly by a 9mm bullet in his head. January 10 and 11, agrarian authorities, communities and non-government organisms made the Caravan of Civil Observation and Solidarity for Chimilapas to San Francisco de La Paz community, in the municipality of Santa Maria Chimilapa, Oaxaca. Those present noted the repeated incursions against communal territory, particularly on the property of San Isidro la Gringa. They were also witnesses to the “call for justice and respect for human rights of the town and the indigenous families who live there.” looks like many Coca-Cola ads with long-haired teenagers teaching the world to sing or sharing a Coke and a smile. But the new “Open Your Heart” campaign by Coca-Cola Mexico is coming under fire.

Consumer rights and health groups are calling on the Mexican government to ban the promotional video depicting young white people handing out Coke as a service project at an indigenous community in southern Oaxaca state. the last week the "First International Congress on Comunalidad" about communal struggles and strategies has taken place in Puebla, México.  It was a plural space with the aim of engaging in rigorous and profound discussions on economic, social and political issues related to the horizons opened through community-popular struggles. This debates on comunalidad, communalism, and struggles for the commons have proven their relevance for the understanding of new social and political problems in moments of crises of capitalism.

Hereafter summary of the article about oaxacan comunalidad  by  the zapotec anthropologist Jaime Martínez Luna, who took part in the Congress:

The history of Oaxaca has been interwoven with principles and values that display its deeply rooted comunalidad. For the Oaxacan people across many centuries, this has meant integrating a process of cultural, economic, and political resistance of great importance. Since the Spanish conquest individualist and mercantilist as it was Oaxaca has responded with a form and reason for being communal that has permitted it to survive even in the face of an globalizing process. The concept of comunalidad, can be seen as the central concept in Oaxacan life. 

nos-faltan-43The report issued on September 6 by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) concludes that the Mexican government’s version of the fate of the 43 forcibly disappeared students from Ayotzinapa is wrong and not substantiated by scientific evidence.

Human Rights Activists deeply troubled by the government’s grave mishandling of the case. Experts’ call for the government to pursue further lines of investigation to clarify what happened to the students and provide truth and justice to their families.

The group of renowned experts on criminal prosecutions and human rights was formed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) based on an agreement with the students’ families, their representatives, and the Mexican government. Their report reflects six months of extensive work to search for the students, investigate those responsible, provide attention to the surviving victims of the attacks and victims’ families, and to develop proposals regarding enforced disappearances in Mexico.

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