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Mexico News and Analysis: May 30 - June 5

1 - INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION CRITICIZES FAILED "WAR ON DRUGS"

2 - CARAVAN FOR PEACE CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AND CORRUPTION

3 - PRI LEADER ARRESTED IN TIJUANA

4 - PEMEX SUES US COMPANIES FOR ILLEGAL OIL IMPORTS

5 - OBAMA CHANGES CHARACTER OF IMMIGRATION RAIDS

6 - RENE ARCE SWITCHES TO PRI

7 - CHIAPAS "MODEL CITIES" QUICKLY DISINTEGRATING


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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 JULY 2 - 8, 2012

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1 - PRI STEALS ANOTHER ELECTION
2 - REMITTANCES INCREASE IN MAY
3 - CALDERON VETOES CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION LAW

The PRI is back, suborning Mexico’s already limited democracy with a not so subtle mixture of the most up-to-date digital vote-buying techniques and well-worn old school practices to re-install last century’s “perfect dictatorship.”  Remember 1988, when a mysterious “computer malfunction” saved PRI candidate Carlos Salinas de Gotari from certain defeat?  Salinas became perhaps the most hated man in Mexico when, in 1994, he handed a bankrupt country and the pending “tequila crisis” to another PRI President, Ernesto Zedillo.  While that election may have been technically clean, the real contest was decided months earlier when populist PRI candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, in some ways the anti-Salinas, was assassinated during a campaign stop, almost certainly the result of internal party struggles, though the case was never solved.  In 2000, former Coco-Cola president Vicente Fox captured the “voto util” (useful vote), a popular response to 70 years of PRI corruption that was really a vote for “anyone else.”   Then in 2006, PAN candidate Felipe Calderon called on former PRI operator extraordinaire Elba Esther Gordillo and a stacked Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) to manipulate returns and guarantee a presidency marked by six years of death – 55,000 and counting – in a failed “war on drugs.”  Reload to 2012, and another parody of democracy that will likely give the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto, a cute but largely vacuous “new face of the party,” yet another perverted presidential victory. 

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News and Analysis: May 14 - 20, 2012

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN
2 - TENS OF THOUSANDS PROTEST PRI CANDIDATE
3 - WALMART INVESTIGATION WIDENS
4 - FOUR ARMY OFFICERS IN CUSTODY
5 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn at mexicosolidarity dot org or (773) 583 7728   

• Thursday afternoon, fifteen armed agents from the Tlaxcala Attorney General arrested Hector Perales Malacara, a leader of the Consejo Nacional Urbano y Campesino (CNUC), and five street merchants from Huamantla. Malacara was charged with blocking a roadway, a federal offense that can result in long jail terms and is often used by authorities to prosecute leaders of popular organizations. CNUC quickly mobilized supporters in both Mexico and the US, and Malacara was released on US$1,000 bail that same evening. The charges stem from an incident in Huamantla, one of the main market centers in Tlaxcala, in which the mayor tried to dislocate dozens of street merchants from a traditional market. In reality, Malacara's only "offense" was taking photos of the police action.

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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: January 16-29, 2012

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN - http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/
2 - PRI AND GORDILLO SPLIT
3 - BORDER PATROL INCREASING PENALTIES FOR UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS
4 - NAFTA TRIBUNAL TO HEAR SME CASE
5 - HACKERS SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENT WEB SITES
6 - NAZAR HARO DEAD

-The Union of Campesinos in Defense of the Land, Water and Ejido Coahuila denounce forced dislocations from their lands and waters.
-The Digna Ochoa Human Rights Center denounces government repression directed against the National Network against High Electricity Tariffs in Veracruz.
-The Fray Bartolome Human Rights Center denounces repression against Zapatista support bases by groups affiliated with the PRI in Tenejapa, Chiapas.

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Mexico News and Analysis: November 14-27, 2011

1 - PRI WINS MICHOACAN GOVERNORSHIP
2 - IMMIGRATION NEAR ZERO
3 - PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DYNAMICS
4 - CALDERON NAMES FIFTH INTERIOR SECRETARY
5 - GOVERNMENT ADMITS DIRTY WAR DISAPPEARANCE
6 - WTO RULES AGAINST U.S.
7 - INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CASE NAMES PRESIDENT CALDERON
8 - HISTORIC DROUGHT AND EARLY FREEZES DEVASTATE AGRICULTURE

The PRI candidate won the gubernatorial election last Sunday in Michoacan, Felipe Calderon's home state, defeating the President's sister, Luisa "Cocoa" Calderon, in a close race. The PRI took 35% of the vote, apparently winning many former PRD votes, against 33% for the PAN and 29% for the PRD. The election was marred by illegal use of federal resources by the PAN and probable PRI and PRD links to organized crime. The vote may be a harbinger of 2012 presidential elections in which PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto leads all candidates by substantial margins. Michoacan is a major producer of marijuana, opium and methamphetamines, and home to the Knights Templar, a cartel with strong roots in popular barrios.

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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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