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MEXICO NEWS AND ANALYSIS MAY 23-29, 2011

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
2 - OBAMA TO NOMINATE MEXICO AMBASSADOR
3 - WTO RULES AGAINST U.S.
4 - NO TELEVISION STATIONS FOR CARLOS SLIM
5 - ARIZONA SHERIFF FACES IN-HOUSE CORRUPTION
6 - MEXICO DECRIMINALIZES UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION

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Mexico News & Analysis: Nov 5-11, 2012

1 - LATINOS, ELECTIONS AND IMMIGRATION REFORM
2 - MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION CALLS "DRUG WAR" INTO QUESTION

1 - LATINOS, ELECTIONS, AND IMMIGRATION REFORM

175 Some Republicans are worried.  Only 27% of Latino voters supported Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy, and that number includes all the wealthy and historically Republican Cuban-Americans in southern Florida and New Jersey. Latinos accounted for 10% of presidential ballots and are the fastest growing segment of the electorate, leaving Republicans scratching their heads over their newly recognized "demographic problem."  Suddenly, the party of "self-deportation," increased border security, and overt racism is trying to "reposition."  Even right wing acolyte Sean Hannity of Fox News has "evolved" on immigration reform - only two days after the stinging national defeat.  Republicans and Democrats alike are rushing to see who can roll out the welcome mat for 12 million undocumented workers living in the shadows, though always with their own political fortunes in mind.

Within hours of the election, the "demographic problem" captured the attention of commentators and party hacks across the spectrum, but the mainstream analysis of this phenomenon is wrong on two accounts. First, the immigrant rights movement didn't suddenly become a force with Romney's election defeat, nor as a result of Obama's political machine.  In 2006, immigrants organized the largest public demonstrations in the history of this country. About 12 million people took to the streets protesting the draconian Sensenbrenner Bill that would have made undocumented status a felony. In 2009, a small but growing group of DREAMers began to come out of the shadows. Risking deportation to countries they hadn't known since they were small children, the DREAMers put a human face on undocumented status. This courageous group of youth deserves front row seats at the negotiating table, if comprehensive immigration reform is truly on the agenda. Their moral authority made this issue a subject of dinner table conversations, and a bunch of "Johnny-come-lately" politicians interested only in their own political hides should not be allowed to hijack it.

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News & Analysis: June 11-24, 2012

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1 - AGUA AZUL TOLL BOOTH UNDER ATTACK
2 - CIDECI IN DISPUTE WITH FEDERAL ELECTRICAL COMMISSION

3 - BREAD AND CIRCUS PASSES FOR POLITICS IN MEXICO CITY

4 - GREEN PARTY IS ANYTHING BUT

5 - NEW POLICY FOR YOUNG IMMIGRANTS

6 - MEXICO HOSTS G-20 MEETING

7 - GRAIN PRODUCTION FALLS, PRICES RISE

8 - SEX FOR VOTES?

9 - WALMART OF MEXICO CANCELS SOME EXPANSION PLANS

10 - VIOLENCE FORCES WORKER CENTER TO CLOSE

11 - MEXICO OFFERS $10 BILLION LOAN TO IMF

12 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728   

 

Ejido members from San Sebastian Bachajon recovered a toll booth leading to the Agua Azul waterfall on the morning of June 19, only to be attacked later in the day by twelve truckloads of police. The ejido members, part of a Zapatista support community, fled into the mountains and at least seven were reported missing. The toll booth provided funds for community development projects and has been the center of a series of disputes between Zapatista support bases and local power-brokers aligned with the PRI. As of this writing there was no further news on the dispute.

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News and Analysis: April 2 - 15

1 - CONTROVERSIAL NGO VIDEO GOES VIRAL
2 - CALDERON VISITS CUBA
3 - OBAMA AND CALDERON EXCHANGE BARBS
4 - PEMEX SUES US-BASED OIL COMPANIES
5 - MSN PROGRAMS:  Email us here or call (773) 583-7728   

A video featuring children in the roles of drug dealer, hit man, kidnapper, corrupt police officer, more corrupt politician, migrant smuggler, and crime victim drew the ire of Mexico's political class, while delighting civil society. The non-government organization Nuestro Mexico del Futuro posted the professionally produced video on their YouTube site, then pulled it after a day, apparently under pressure from the very politicians who were the brunt of the criticism. But not before over 3 million people viewed it. Mexico's business community financed at least part of the production. The four-minute clip ends a ten-year-old girl calling out all four of the presidential candidates, "If this is the future that is awaiting me, I don't want it. Enough working for your political parties and not for us. Enough fixing the country from the very top. Time has run out. Mexico has hit bottom. Are [the politicians] only interested in the throne or will they change the future of the country?" [see more at LA TimesInformador]

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NEWS AND ANALYSIS: DECEMBER 19-25, 2011

1 - OBAMA CUTS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ALONG BORDER
2 - VERACRUZ POLICE FORCE FIRED

1 - OBAMA CUTS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ALONG BORDER

The Obama administration will cut most of the National Guard troops working along the US-Mexico border, following an article criticizing the deployment published two weeks earlier by the Washington Post.  The Post found the Guard troops to be largely a publicity effort that wasted taxpayer money and pandered to Republican Party demands for more border security in the midst of a presidential campaign.  Obama will reduce the National Guard deployment in January from the current 1,200 troops to 300, saving about US$60 million annually.  The remaining troops will focus on aerial surveillance missions.  Military border deployments began under the Bush administration in 2006 and were extended by Obama, with a total cost of US$1.35 billion.

 

2 - VERACRUZ POLICE FORCE FIRED

The entire police force in Veracruz, Mexico's busiest harbor, was fired on Wednesday and replaced temporarily by 2,400 Navy troops.  More than 800 officers and 300 administrators, many either willingly or forcibly aligned with the powerful Zeta cartel, lost their jobs.  Governor Javier Duarte and recently appointed Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire made the announcement.  New police officers will have to pass federally mandated exams, including drug testing, a lie detector test, and financial reviews.  The testing program is relatively new, and it is unclear if it has been successful in cleaning up police departments where it has been implemented.

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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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