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Mexico News & Analysis: Oct 29-Nov 4

WHY IS MEXICO ABSENT FROM US ELECTION DEBATE?
This coming week, about half the eligible voters in the United States will participate in a quadrennial exercise in limited democracy by electing 435 Representatives, one-third of the Senate, and a President - all wealthy, mostly white and male, and inevitably beholden to one sector of the capitalist class or another. Political commentators recently noticed that, aside from a few brief mentions of migration and Latino voters, Mexico has not been part of the electoral debate.  Why ignore our neighbor to the south? 

Well, from the perspective of the US capitalist class, Mexican affairs are very much in order, thanks largely to sitting President Felipe Calderon and his National Action Party (PAN).  For the past six years, Calderon has been a loyal minion, defending free trade agreements, maintaining a neoliberal economic agenda by cutting social spending and sustaining a relatively balanced budget, waging an increasingly violent “war on drugs,” and acting as US surrogate in Latin American political circles. Occasionally the US will step over a line that even the PAN can’t overlook, generating a few carefully measured words from Calderon, almost always delivered to the Spanish-speaking media - for example, when the Border Patrol murders Mexican citizens, not an uncommon occurrence.  But for the most part, US authorities say jump, and Calderon responds with “how high.”  Mexico’s political wagon is hitched securely to the US capitalist class, and as a result, Mexico boasts some of the wealthiest capitalists in the world, while more than half the country lives in poverty. 

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NEWS AND ANALYSIS JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 5, 2012

1 - OECD REPORT CRITICIZES PHONE INDUSTRY
2 - NEARLY $1 TRILLION LOST TO CORRUPTION AND CRIME
3 - POLITICAL CLASS FULLY ENGAGED IN FIGHT FOR POWER
4 - JUAREZ POLICE TAKE REFUGE IN HOTELS
5 - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ATTACKED AGAIN
6 - ACTEAL ASSASSINS RELEASED FROM PRISON

A report issued this week by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) criticized Mexico's telephone industry for monopoly pricing that overcharged consumers US$13.4 billion per year from 2005 to 2009, leaving many families unable to afford telephone or internet service. Carlos Slim, the world's richest man and owner of TelMex and America Móvil, rejected the report, accusing authors of "pulling data out of thin air." Slim's companies control about three-quarters of Mexico's telephone industry. The Mexican government commissioned the study as part of an ongoing battle between Slim and the National Action Party (PAN). Mexico's telephone industry generates over US$30 billion in sales per year, but the OECD report concluded companies missed out on an additional US$12.4 billion in sales because of high prices.

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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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