As Mexico celebrated its 203rd independence day this past weekend, teachers found themselves in the crosshairs of reactionary politicians.
The train was one of several Mexican and Central American immigrants call "la Bestia" -- "the beast." It goes from Southern Mexico northward to Mexico's Northern border with the United States.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, of the right-center Revolutionary Institutional Party, has announced long awaited plans for allowing private industry to play a bigger role in the finances of the national oil company, PEMEX.
An important peasant leader in Mexico's southern state of Guerrero, Raymundo Velazquez Flores, was murdered along with two companions.
On the night of May 1, 2013, a criminal gang attacked a group of impoverished Central American migrants, who were riding on the top of a freight train passing through Cosoalacaque, in Veracruz, Mexico.
The testing regime in Mexico is as entrenched as it is in the United States, and its political use is very similar - undermining the rights of teachers, and attacking unions that oppose it.
A Supreme Court ruling last week allows same-sex couples to legally marry, if they request special legal protection from federal tribunals.
Mexico, the large U.S. trading partner and southern neighbor, is on a path of "low-wage development," including weakening its labor law and oppressing independent unions.
A new center-left political movement, called the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) has emerged on the Mexican political landscape.
A plan to gut labor protections has spurred unrest in Mexico's streets.