"New famine", cries out the Guatemalan newspaper headline (La Prensa, February 7, 2015), threatening the lives of 874,000 people in 206 regions of the country.
Just in time for an election campaign in which Stephen Harper is positioning himself as a war-time prime minister, Bill C-51 (Anti-Terrorism Act 2015) was recently introduced to play a dual role: granting extraordinary new powers to already hyperactive and unaccountable state security agencies, and baiting as "soft on terror" anyone who questions the bill's necessity and the human rights violations it will further legitimize.
Four months after 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School were forcefully disappeared by Mexican authorities and organized crime drug gangs, the Mexican authorities are hoping to close the case. The Mexican federal prosecutor said that the version of the events in which the students were killed, incinerated in a dump, and their remains disposed of in a river is a "historical truth."
The World Bank is working closely with global (mainly Canadian) mining companies and the governments of Canada, United States, etc, to expand mining exploitation even further in Honduras, known since the 2009 military coup as the "Murder Capital of the World" and "Repressive Capital of the Americas".
The bodies of three university students are being exhumed in Guatemala to undergo further forensic examinations into cause of death. The three died under "mysterious circumstances" on CGN (Guatemalan Nickel Company) property just months after the Canadian company Hudbay Minerals sold CGN to the Solway Group.