There is an important election coming up, in July and the killing of candidates.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A wave of Independent Politicians Seek to ‘Open Cracks’ in Mexico’s Status Quo

Posted by DD Republished from NYT


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Lopez Obrador driving a lot of Mexicans loco


What happens in Mexico, well it’s not Los Vegas. We need to pay at least some attention. Not the end of National Action Party [PAN] about as close as you get to a Republican party, or Institutional Revolutionary Party [PRI]  I think we may see a move even further Left here.


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    Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico’s leading presidential candidate, declared that if he wins the July 1 elections, his choice for head of NAFTA renegotiations will be Oxford economist Jesús Seade Helú. Seade Helú has worked as senior advisor at the IMF, principal economist at the World Bank, ambassador to the GATT, and chief negotiator at the World Trade Organization. He is currently professor of economics at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

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    Only one of the three independent candidates have appeared to fulfill the necessary requirements to compete in the Mexican presidential elections on July 1st, AP reports. The National Electorate Institute (INE) stated that conservative lawyer Margarita Zavala, two-term elected legislator and former First Lady during Felipe Calderón’s administration, was able to gather more than 866,593 signatures, or 1% of the electoral register, across at least 17 Mexican regions. The other two candidates—Nuevo León state Gov. Jaime Rodríguez and Guerrero state Sen. Armando Ríos Piter—were unable to pass the signature threshold, an INE spokesperson stated. Expected to have four contenders, the final presidential ballot is set to be announced on March 29 by the INE.

    Mexican presidential frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Sunday that, if elected on July 1st, he will ask outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto to halt two upcoming oil auctions scheduled to occur before assuming office on Dec. 1st. Speaking in Mexico City on the 80th anniversary of Mexican nationalization of oil, the left-wing candidate of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) spoke about the prospect of reducing the privatization of energy, enshrined in a 2014 reform that aimed to eliminate state-owned oil monopoly.

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    Monday, April 2, 2018
    Narcos promise Bishop they will “try” not to kill more candidates
    Canadiana for Borderland Beat republished from Mexico Daily

    How Violence Could Hijack Mexico’s Presidential Elections
    ANALYSISWritten by Patrick Corcoran – MARCH 28, 2018

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    In narco mantas, leader of Los Rojos advises of ” rivers of money” for the Anaya campaign
    Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Proceso article

    Sunday, April 8, 2018
    3 body guards of the Chihuahua Governor shot in attack
    Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat from Noreste and Chihuahua Governors Facebook page

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    Friday, April 6, 2018
    “Is Mexico’s democracy at risk? Is electoral fraud possible in the presidential elections?” Interview with John Ackerman
    Posted by DD from TeleSur

    Thursday, April 19, 2018
    ‘We are watching you’: Political killings shake Mexico election
    Posted by DD Republished from Reuters
    By Lizbeth Diaz

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    As vote nears, cartels stalk, kill
    35 office hopefuls slain; 1,000-plus abandon races.
    This story is part of the American-Statesman’s in-depth coverage of the July 1 Mexican
    presidential election, which will have significant consequences for the evolving
    relationship between Mexico and the U.S.
    The stakes for the U.S. and Texas are high: Mexico’s next president will shape issues
    including the flow of Central American migrants to the Texas border, the cooperation
    with the U.S. in Mexico’s drug war and the future of commerce with Texas’top trading
    A record number of Mexican immigrants living in the United States and Central Texas
    are expected to vote, potentially playing a crucial role in determining Mexico’s next
    Around 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning earlier this month, a convoy of trucks carrying
    heavily armed men entered the small, rural town of Ignacio Zaragoza, about 200 miles
    south of El Paso in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua.
    A half-hour later, a dozen buildings were ablaze and eight people were dead. The
    extreme violence was targeted against candidates and officials with a left-leaning
    political party hoping to gain seats in upcoming municipal elections.
    Liliana García, a city council candidate with the Revolutionary Democratic Party, known
    as the PRD, was among those assassinated. Mayoral candidate Felipe Mendoza, also a
    PRD member, disappeared, his businesses burned to the ground and three of his
    campaign workers killed.
    The May 7 Ignacio Zaragoza massacre was the latest in a series of killings that have
    claimed the lives of a record number of Mexican political candidates ahead of July 1
    elections, when citizens will choose not just a new president, but thousands of state
    and local office holders.
    According to the Mexico City-based risk analysis firm Etellekt, at least 35 political
    candidates have been killed since the campaign season started in September. An
    additional 60 sitting office holders were killed over the same time period. The firm has
    counted more than 300 “aggressions,” which include threats and assaults, against
    candidates and elected officials in 222 municipalities, a staggering 9 percent of the
    Mexican political landscape.
    Some experts say the violence threatens to topple democratic norms in wide swaths of
    the country.
    As a result of the violence, candidates have dropped out of local races by the hundreds,
    leaving electoral vacuums in parts of Mexico. In the state of Chihuahua alone, more
    than 80 candidates have withdrawn from their races, according to the state election
    secretary. The Excelsior newspaper has counted more than 1,000 resignations across
    the country.
    “It’s a troubling phenomenon, but what’s troubling is not just the violence, but the
    underlying causes of the violence,” said Michael Lettieri, a senior research fellow at the
    Washington-based Council on Hemispheric Affairs, in an interview.
    As powerful drug trafficking cartels have fractured into smaller crime groups in recent
    years, they have branched into peripheral activities like oil theft, extortion of local
    businesses and kidnapping, activities that bring them into more conflict with local
    To some extent, the violence is aimed at installing friendly politicians or ensuring local
    police won’t interfere.
    But Lettieri said some groups now view municipal governments themselves as moneymaking
    In the state of Michoacán, crime groups have demanded a percentage of municipal
    budgets. In other parts of the country, they have demanded lucrative construction
    contracts or forced local officials to put cartel members on municipal payrolls.
    That means elected officials and government workers have become “unavoidable
    targets,” according to Lettieri.
    “The central problem is not necessarily the potential for corruption of elected officials,”
    he wrote in a January analysis. “But the risk that local politics become a sort of plaza,
    disputed by competing groups.”
    Candidate undeterred
    Against that backdrop, some analysts and supporters have expressed alarm about the
    lack of personal security for presidential front-runner Andrés Manuel López Obrador,
    who famously campaigns around the country without a noticeable presence of
    bodyguards. In April, he generated headlines when he attended a campaign rally with
    no apparent security detail in the tumultuous border city of Reynosa, across the Rio
    Grande from McAllen and suffering from a protracted battle between cartels.
    López Obrador, a left-leaning populist making his third run for the presidency, leads
    most polls by double digits, and analysts say the race is his to win. A López Obrador
    presidency would mark a dramatic shift from the current administration of Enrique
    Peña Nieto and his Institutional Revolution Party, known as the PRI, and some experts
    believe he would challenge the United States on issues like Central American migration
    and security.
    On the campaign trail, López Obrador has signaled he might step back from the
    strategy of direct military confrontation against the cartels and has floated the idea of
    providing amnesty in exchange for the laying down of weapons.
    The candidate, who left the PRD six years ago to form a new party called MORE NA, has
    remained unconcerned about his personal safety during the campaign.
    “My conscience is very clear; he who fights for justice has nothing to fear,” he told the
    newspaper Tabasco Hoy. “I don’t bring protection, and I’m going to keep acting the
    same way. Nothing is going to happen.”
    His campaign manager has said the candidate is more worried about “espionage” than
    his personal security.
    But Mexico is just 25 years removed from its most notorious campaign trail
    In 1994, another presidential front-runner, Luis Donaldo Colosio, was killed in Tijuana
    during a rally. Colosio had vowed to reform the PRI, which at the time was in the midst
    of what some scholars call the party’s “perfect dictatorship,” a 71-year run of
    uninterrupted rule based on deep electoral corruption.
    Though Colosio’s killing remains unsolved, many believe his political enemies sought to
    prevent the reforms he advocated.
    López Obrador supporter Alejandro Solalinde, a well known human rights activist and
    priest, has said he worries about political violence in the current climate, with a bitterly
    divided electorate and more traditional candidates aligned with entrenched interests
    trailing badly in polls.
    “If they killed Colosio … my worry is that the same thing could happen to Andrés
    Manuel López Obrador,” he said earlier this year at a press conference in Oaxaca.
    “If they have taken out members of the opposition in a violent way, what says they
    won’t do the same with Andrés Manuel?”
    Recently, a well-known Mexican columnist was fired from several outlets after
    appearing to float the idea of a López Obrador assassination on Twitter.
    The statements by the journalist, Ricardo Alemán, have echoed the dark language used
    against López Obrador for more than a decade. During his ill-fated 2006 presidential
    run, López Obrador’s opponents labeled him a “danger to Mexico,” a strategy that some
    analysts credit with both Felipe Calderón’s razor-thin victory and an ever-increasing
    polarization of Mexico’s political life at the national level.
    Threat to democracy Yet the vast majority of violence this election season has not
    stemmed from clear political or ideological differences.
    The Etellekt firm’s analysis shows assassinations have been spread throughout the
    country’s major parties, with 32 assassinations of candidates and office holders with
    the ruling PRI, 17 with leftist PRD, 10 with the conservative National Action Party,
    known as PAN and six with López Obrador’s MORE NA.
    The PRI has the largest footprint at the local level.
    Laura Calderón, an analyst with the Justice in Mexico project at the University of
    California-San Diego, likewise found little correlation between political parties and the
    slayings of Mexican mayors between 2002 and 2017.
    “There is enough evidence as to say that corruption is not exclusive to a single political
    party,” she found in a January study. “(T)here is no substantial basis to target one
    political party over the other under the assumption that they tend to be more
    corruptible and bought by organized crime groups.”
    The bulk of recent assassinations have taken place in the center of the country, the
    scene of fights between crime groups over drug-producing areas, as well as the
    profitable practice of theft from pipelines belonging to the national oil company Pemex.
    Chihuahua and fellow border state Tamaulipas have seen a combined seven
    assassinations, according to Etellekt.
    In Ignacio Zaragoza, rival bands connected to the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels have been
    fighting an extended battle for control that has consistently targeted political officials.
    In March, the municipality’s treasurer, a PAN member, was taken from his government
    office by armed men.
    His body was later found in a neighboring town. According to El Heraldo de Chihuahua,
    politicians in the town have long been linked to the warring cartels.
    State officials with the PRD, to which the kidnapped mayoral candidate and slain city
    council aspirant in Ignacio Zaragoza belonged, have called on the federal election
    commission to suspend elections in the region.
    Lettieri said the violence represents a fundamental threat to democracy in Mexican
    towns and cities, a sad irony given that political action at the municipal level helped
    bring the PRI’s uninterrupted rule of the country to an end in 2000, when Vicente Fox of
    the PAN won the presidency.
    “Local elections is where you saw democratic culture take root, where democracy
    started in its embryonic form,” he said. “The risk is that if you have a withdrawal from
    local politics because of fear, you could have a rollback of democracy at the local level.”
    Despite the grim panorama, Lettieri believes there is reason for hope. He points to the
    state of Sinaloa, home to one of the country’s most powerful cartels, where there has
    been a rebirth of civic activism in some cities, as citizens struggle to reclaim public
    “We have to pay attention locally,” he said. “That’s where there are risks, but also
    Contact Jeremy Schwartz at 512-912-2942.

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    Sunday, June 03, 2018
    Presidente Lopez-Obrador?

    Mexico: Three More Female Politicians Murdered In 24 Hours

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    Thursday, June 7, 2018
    PAN headquarters in Tamaulipas attacked
    Translated by El Profe from La Silla Rota

    Friday, June 8, 2018
    Risk Atlas higlights vote buying and violence hot spots in Mexico
    Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Animal Politico

    Saturday, June 9, 2018
    Video: Piedras Negras Federal Candidate Killed as he exited debate
    By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
    “We took back the city from the Zetas!” said Purón in the debate minutes before his murder

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    “The Bullet of Impunity”
    Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: El País

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Authorities issue arrest warrants in the murder of candidate Purón..his widow announces pregnancy
    Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat ,,,Big thanks to mi Amiga Lacy
    Purón was 112th candidate murdered in the past 14 months of Mexico’s bloody election campaign

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    Friday, June 15, 2018
    Presidential Campaign in Mexico Gets Dirty (Dirtier)
    Posted by DD Republished from The Real News Network

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    Mireles: I ask Pena Nieto to keep his hands off the election
    Translated by Otis B Fly-Wheel for Borderland Beat from a Sinembargo article

    Mexico Elections: Candidates’ Security Proposals Lack Long-Term Focus
    ANALYSISWritten by Patrick Corcoran – JUNE 18, 2018

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    Mexico’s Hardball Politics Get Even Harder as PRI Fights to Hold On to Power
    By Azam Ahmed and Danny Hakim
    June 24, 2018

    18 mayoral candidates killed ahead of Mexico’s July elections, 2 in less than 24 hours
    The killings have particularly hit states like Michoacán, Guerrero and Oaxaca.
    by Associated Press / Jun.22.2018 / 9:43 AM ET

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    Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    129 is the new assassination tally, as another candidate is murdered and four others
    Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat from EFE

    Saturday, June 30, 2018
    With armed people, PRI candidate blocks access to populations of Oaxaca
    Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Aristegui Noticias

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