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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 & 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 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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NEWS & ANALYSIS: OCT 31 - NOV 6, 2011

1 - MEXICO ABANDONS PLANS FOR NUCLEAR POWER
2 - TROOPS UNEXPECTEDLY SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
3 - IMMIGRANT REMITTANCES INCREASE AS PESO SHRINKS
4 - OPPOSITION TO AMBITIOUS PLAN TO CLEAN POLICE FORCES
5 - PAN TRADES CEMENT FOR VOTES
6 - PARTIES REJECT POPULAR CONSULTATIONS
7 - GRAIN PRODUCTION DECLINES
8 - ANONYMOUS DROPS PLANS TO OUT ZETA CARTEL
9 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728   

Mexico has abandoned plans to construct as many as ten nuclear power plants in light of recent discoveries of huge natural gas deposits, perhaps as much as 300 million cubic feet in Coahuila and more in the Gulf of Mexico. Energy Minister Jordy Herrera announced plans this week to focus on new natural gas-fired electricity plants, and to search for US$10 billion in private investment during the next five years, despite constitutional prohibitions against private ownership in the energy sector. The re-orientation may also be related to the March 11 nuclear disaster in Japan. Mexico is one of only three Latin American countries that currently uses nuclear power. Herrera rejected renewable energy sources for the foreseeable future: "Until we find a model to make renewable energy more profitable, gas is more convenient."

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NEWS AND ANALYSIS SEPTEMBER 5-18, 2011

1 - ZAPATISTAS DENOUNCE PARAMILITARY ACTIVITY
2 - PEACE CARAVAN VISITS SOUTHERN MEXICO
3 - ELECTRICAL WORKERS ABANDON ZOCALO IN EXCHANGE FOR JOBS
4 - U.S. DENIES DEAL WITH DRUG LORD
5 - POLITICIANS CRACK DOWN ON SOCIAL MEDIA USERS
6 - MONTERREY MAYOR REFUSES TO RESIGN
7 - WTO RULES AGAINST DOLPHIN-SAFE LABELING
8 - HACKERS TAKE DOWN GOVERNMENT WEB SITES
9 - NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR'S GRANDPARENTS WERE UNDOCUMENTED
10 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728 

1 - ZAPATISTAS DENOUNCE PARAMILITARY ACTIVITY
The Roberto Barrios caracol, a political/cultural center of Zapatista resistance, denounced paramilitary activity that  left the autonomous municipality of La Dignidad under a virtual state of siege.  At least 160 armed paramilitaries surround the community and have established a "permanent presence" on Zapatista lands.  Authorities from Roberto Barrios report armed paramilitaries blocking roads, burning 40 acres of crops, stealing corn harvests and threatening to assassinate people in Zapatista support bases.

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