Tag Archives: Mexican politics

Post-Election Shake-ups in Mexico

October 19, 2012

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Frontera NorteSur In the ongoing political realignments after last July’s disputed Mexican elections, new parties are taking shape while old ones grapple with questions of identity and direction. On Saturday, October 13, veteran politicians formerly associated with parties of different ideological stripes made public their intention of launching a new party called Concertacion Mexicana. The […]

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Texas Beer, Tamales and Gift Cards

July 20, 2012

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Point of View: By Andy Porres What is this political world coming to? Buying votes with plastic -gift cards- to assure those those in power stay in power are the latest charges making headlines in Mexico these days. Ho-hum. Haven’t we all been there at least once? Except for the plastic bit, the act remains […]

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Peña Nieto or Lopez Obrador?

June 15, 2012

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By Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSur With less than three weeks remaining before Mexicans elect new leaders on July 1, the presidential race appears to have narrowed between Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of a three-party coalition united in the Progressive Movement. If the polls and the […]

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“No Matter What The Result, We Will Continue to Resist”

June 8, 2012

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - 1SEPTEMBER11 - Trade union activists and other popular organizations protest in Mexico City's main square, the Zocalo, on the day Mexican President Felipe Calderon gave his annual speech about the state of the country. The protest, called the Day of the Indignant, was organized by unions including the Mexican Electrical Workers (SME) because the Mexican government fired 44,000 electrical workers and dissolved the state-owned company they worked for, in an effort to smash their union. Protestors also demanded jobs, labor rights and an end to the repression of political dissidents. SME members had been camped out in the square since May. Humberto Montes de Oca is the international secretary of the SME.

By David Bacon Humberto Montes de Oca is the international secretary for the Mexican Electrical Workers union. Two years ago, its 44,000 members were all fired, when the Mexican government took over generating stations by force to set the stage for privatizing electricity. Montes de Oca describes the role the union has played on the […]

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In Mexico Elections, It’s Old Media vs. Social Media

June 3, 2012

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By Louis Nevaer New America Media MERIDA, Mexico – Mexico’s presidential elections are less than six weeks away, and for now it appears that opposition candidate Enrique Peña Nieto remains the clear favorite. His party’s reliance on traditional media, however, has ignited a firestorm within the country’s “Facebook Generation.” Younger Mexicans expected this to be […]

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Carlos Fuentes, Champion of Mexican Democracy

May 25, 2012

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By Louis Nevaer New America Media MERIDA, Mex. – The sudden death of Carlos Fuentes, Mexican novelist, social critic and man of letters, last week at the age of 83, has cast a shadow over the nation just weeks before voters here will go to the polls to elect new leaders, including the president, in […]

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God, Gays, Ganja and Mexican Politics

May 25, 2012

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By Kent Paterson Frontera NorteSur In the United States, evangelical leaders have been at the forefront of pushing prayer in public schools. But in Mexico, they are in the vanguard in opposing it. While the so-called narco war and economic distress are generally regarded as the top two issues in this year’s electoral races, fundamental […]

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Mexican Scribe Javier Sicilia Brings Campaign for Peace to U.S.

May 4, 2012

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By José Luis Sierra New America Media LOS ANGELES — Javier Sicilia looks tired. The 56 year-old Mexican poet, essayist, journalist and novelist has been going non-stop since March 28th of last year, which is the day he acquired a distinction that is every Mexican’s nightmare: to be a member of one of the roughly […]

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The Politics of the Drug War in Mexico

April 27, 2012

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By Laura Carlsen The starting bell rang for the Mexican presidential campaigns on March 30, and the candidates are out of the gates. As the nation faces an unprecedented crisis in levels of violence and lawlessness, one of the big issues is who will have to take the blame for the disastrous war on drugs. […]

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Mexican Candidates Blast the Airwaves, Stir up the Social Networks

April 13, 2012

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Frontera NorteSur As Mexicans took off from work and school for the long Holy Week-Easter holiday celebrations, the country’s presidential and congressional candidates inundated electronic media with new ads designed to win over the voters. A sampling of spots aired on Ciudad Juarez’s public radio station 106.7 FM over the Easter weekend zoomed in on […]

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Border Security Outsourcing under Fire

March 30, 2012

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Frontera NorteSur A Texas state senator is calling for an investigation of border security contracts granted to a private, Virginia-based firm. In a letter earlier this month, state Senator Jose Rodriguez requested that the Texas State Comptroller probe a series of no-bid contracts awarded by the administration of Republican Governor Rick Perry to Abrams Learning […]

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Women in Mexican Politics

March 16, 2012

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Note: In the 20th century and the first years of the 21st, women made a big mark in the public life of Mexico. Whether as educators, entertainers, entrepreneurs, activists or athletes, women have been an indispensable part of the national story. Journalists like Lydia Cacho and Carmen Aristegui became important interpreters of the national reality, […]

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A Mexican Woman President…?

February 24, 2012

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Commentary: By Raoul Lowery Contreras Machismo is dead in Mexico. The United States of Mexico has leapfrogged over the United States of America politically in a manner not a single human being could have ever expected of and in Mexico. Where women (Hillary Rodham Clinton, Michelle Bachman) have failed in the United States of America, […]

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Old Faces and Ghosts Endure in Mexican Elections

February 3, 2012

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Frontera NorteSur  New fires are steadily igniting in different corners of the Mexican political system. As the country plunges head-long toward the July 1 elections, clashes over candidacies, bouts of negative campaigning and a new spying scandal are lighting up the political scene. A bizarre video game with a barely concealed subliminal message, “Super Ernesto,” […]

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Mexico’s July presidential election may put PRI back in power

January 27, 2012

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By Salvador Guerrero WASHINGTON– The United States isn’t the only country facing a contentious presidential election this year. Mexico will elect a new president in July, and some experts think the National Action Party (PAN) will be ousted from office by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which held power for 71 years before the PAN […]

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Special Report: Elections for End Times

January 20, 2012

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Frontera NorteSur  It’s full-tilt political boogie in the US and Mexico. Media in both nations are saturated with interviews, profiles and satires of the candidates. Cable blasts virtually nonstop news of the Republican primaries and the ones for president and Mexico City mayor south of the border. In 2012 the neighboring countries will experience national, […]

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POLITICAL NOTES:

January 13, 2012

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Se Anuncia Horario Especial del Módulo del Instituto Federal electoral en el Consulado para Registrarse en la Lista de Nominal de Electores residentes en el Extranjero  El Consulado General de México informa que el módulo del Instituto Federal Electoral (IFE) que funciona en sus instalaciones tendrá un horario especial esta semana para atender solicitudes de […]

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