Mexico

Daily News - McClatchy Headlines for Thursday June 2, 2011

  • Posted on: 2 June 2011
  • By: Roxy

Mexico's July 4 Election - Has the Narco State Arrived?

  • Posted on: 4 July 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

Missed front-paging this earlier. First posted ~2010-07-03 17:44:40 -0400. -- GH

Michael Collins

Nearly 50 candidates and public figures have been assassinated in the run up to Mexico's 2010 state elections. Former presidential candidate Diego Fernández de Cevallos, major leader of the ruling PAN party, was kidnapped on May 16 and has not been heard from since. Three days ago, Rodolfo Torre, the odds on winner for governor in the state of Tamaulipas, was murdered in a highway ambush. Torre's murder represents the highest ranking politician of the 50 assassinations this election cycle.

The political murders by the drug cartels are not focused on one party. The Los Angeles Times suggested that the goal may be to create chaos and elevate the drug cartel control over the entire Mexican political system.

Mexico's July 4 Election - Has the Narco State Arrived?

  • Posted on: 3 July 2010
  • By: MichaelCollins

Michael Collins

Nearly 50 candidates and public figures have been assassinated in the run up to Mexico's 2010 state elections. Former presidential candidate Diego Fernández de Cevallos, major leader of the ruling PAN party, was kidnapped on May 16 and has not been heard from since. Three days ago, Rodolfo Torre, the odds on winner for governor in the state of Tamaulipas, was murdered in a highway ambush. Torre's murder represents the highest ranking politician of the 50 assassinations this election cycle.

The political murders by the drug cartels are not focused on one party. The Los Angeles Times suggested that the goal may be to create chaos and elevate the drug cartel control over the entire Mexican political system.

A prediction - Mexico's July 5, 2009 Elections Without any doubt, the winning party will be …

  • Posted on: 6 July 2009
  • By: MichaelCollins

 



The boycott of the election by registered voters will gain a clear plurality, around 48%, and possibly a majority, of registered voters.


The 2009 Mexican boycott includes those who deliberately nullified their ballots and those who simply chose not to vote.  Early reports indicate that 8% are actively nullifying their vote (voto nulo) and that another 40% of registered voters are not showing up at all.  That combined figure, 48% or so, will handily beat the vote totals for the ruling PAN Party and the former rulers, the PRI, without out any doubt.  While totals will change, there is no way that PAN and PRI can overcome the anulistas and those who stayed away from the polls.


A Nation on the Brink - Mexico's July 5 Legislative Elections

  • Posted on: 4 July 2009
  • By: MichaelCollins

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-07-04 09:09:21 -0400. -- GH

A Nation on the Brink Mexico's
July 5 Legislative Elections

Part 2 of a three part series (Part 1)

Michael Collins and Kenneth Thomas

Mexico approaches this election confronting the rise of a narcostate, growing economic chaos, social inequalities, citizen disenchantment--or worse

As Mexico approaches the July 5th mid-term elections, the nation confronts two critical problems. An expanding an increasingly violent "war on drugs" threatens to convert Mexico into a narcostate. This will lead to the inevitable compromise of the members of all political parties. An expanding economic crisis in the wake of NAFTA and the global financial situation, threatens private companies, the Central Bank, and government programs -- as well as the income and employment of most citizens. Rising social inequality and a workforce crisis mean that many, perhaps most, Mexicans live in conditions parallel to those of sub-Saharan Africa.

Disenchantment and dismay reign. The volatile political situation foreshadows a change in the air. Close to 80% of Mexicans voted in mid-term elections in the 90's. Tomorrow, turnout is expected to be less that 50%. An attempted "no confidence" vote on the government looms. Members of the various parties engage in what has been called "fratricide." And there is talk -- talk which hearkens back to the Revolution of 1910 -- that it's time for the people to ignore the major parties and take matters into their own hands.

A Matter of Trust - Mexico's July 5 Legislative Elections

  • Posted on: 30 June 2009
  • By: MichaelCollins

 



A Three Part Series   Part 1


In the wake of Felipe Calderon’s surprising electoral win over Andrés Manual Lopez-Obrador in 2006 Presidential Elections, demonstrators protesting alleged election fraud occupied the center of Mexico City from July through December.  On three occasions, crowds of over one million were reported.   Image:  Erasmo Lopez


Open Thread -- Border War Edition

  • Posted on: 26 August 2008
  • By: Open Thread

This isn't the type of thing that we need right now:

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Border Tightened After Cartel Threats

(AP) Security is being heightened along the southern U.S. border because of a threat that warring Mexican cartels may send hit men into the United States, authorities said Monday.

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Article continues at the link in the title.

With what appears to be an escalating trend toward violence, the last thing we need is a bunch of hit men (or women) making their way to across the border knock off their targets.

What hit your attention meter today?

This is an Open Thread.