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NEWS AND ANALYSIS JULY 25-31, 2011

1 - OBAMA PLAYS POLITICS WITH IMMIGRATION REFORM
2 - POVERTY INCREASES UNDER CALDERON
3 - GOVERNMENT REDUCES SECURITY AID TO CIUDAD JUAREZ

1 - OBAMA PLAYS POLITICS WITH IMMIGRATION REFORM
President Barack Obama addressed the National Council of La Raza on Monday, promising to keep fighting for immigration reform while blaming Republicans for lack of progress.  Apparently in search of votes for his 2012 campaign, Obama contradicted the political advice of his former Chief of Staff and current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, who worked hard on enhanced border control issues but avoided pro-immigrant measures like the plague.  "We have a system that separates families and punishes innocent young people for their parents' actions by denying them the chance to earn an education," lamented Obama.  It's too bad the President hasn't done anything to rectify this deplorable situation.  Obama won 2/3 of the Latino vote in 2008, and hopes that this fast-growing sector of the electorate will help him to victory in 2012. 

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Mexico News and Analysis: July 18-24, 2011

1 - PRISON LABOR AND PRIVATE DONATIONS TO BUILD BORDER WALL IN ARIZONA
2 - WTO SUPPORTS MEXICAN TUNA COMPLAINT
3 - THREE HUNDRED PGR OFFICERS CHARGED OR FIRED
4 - LA FAMILIA REORGANIZES AS KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
5 - CHIAPAS POLITICAL PRISONERS RELEASED
6 - GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

PRISON LABOR AND PRIVATE DONATIONS TO BUILD BORDER WALL IN ARIZONA
An Arizona law that took effect July 20 allows state authorities to build their own border wall using donations from private citizens and prison labor.  Officials must also obtain permission from private landowners to allow construction on their land.  Donations can be made through a web site, and officials hope to raise US$50 million.  Steve Smith, the Republican state senator who sponsored the law, is appealing to donors across the US with racist comments like “those people don’t just stay in Arizona; they infiltrate the rest of the country.”

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Mexico News and Analysis: July 4-17, 2011

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
2 - GORDILLO SCANDAL BROADENS
3 - NEW GUN REGULATIONS ALONG BORDER
4 - OIL PRODUCTION DECREASES
5 - FALLING HOUSEHOLD INCOME
6 - FAST AND FURIOUS BECOMING COMPLICATED AND CONFUSED
7 - MEXICAN TRUCKERS WILL CARRY GOODS IN U.S.

NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/
The Junta of Good Government in La Garrucha condemns the federal government’s increasing counter-insurgency campaign, especially the private titling of recuperated lands that tends to pit campesinos against campesinos.

The Junta of Good Government in Oventic condemns threats and aggressions by political parties against Zapatistas in San Marcos Aviles.

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News and Analysis: June 27 - July 3

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN (http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/)

2 - PRI LIKELY TO SWEEP GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS

3 - FAST AND FURIOUS GENERATES REPORT ON U.S. GUN LAWS

4 - GORDILLO FISHING FOR POLITICAL OFFERS

5 - IMMIGRATION CHIEF ADMITS WIDESPREAD PROBLEMS


-The Fray Bartolome Human Rights Center denounces death threats, harassment and an imminent risk of forced displacement in the Zapatista community San Marcos Aviles.
-The Junta of Good Government in Morelia denounces forced displacement and violent actions by ORCAO (Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo) directed against Zapatista communities. 

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Mexico News and Analysis: June 20-26

1 - CALDERON AND SICILIA MEET
2 - BORDER PATROL AGENT KILLS IMMIGRANT
3 - "FAST AND FURIOUS" BECOMING "DODGE RESPONSIBILITY"
4 - MEXICAN MILITARY ASSUMES MORE POLICE FUNCTIONS
5 - HACKERS PUBLISH DOCUMENTS FROM ARIZONA POLICE

Javier Sicilia, the poet/journalist who inspires a growing national movement against corruption and violence, and Felipe Calderon, the spurious President who initiated a "war on drugs" in 2006 as his signature policy, met on Thursday in a televised encounter at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.  Sicilia, always the gentleman, awkwardly embraced Calderon at the end of a contentious three-hour exchange on militarization, social policy, political corruption and ineffective governance.  Unfortunately, the embrace was a photo op, carried on the front pages of many Mexican newspapers.

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