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Guerrero mayhem rains on Mexican Moment parade

LightningMexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto must be getting that “I hate when that happens” feeling right about now. Just when he was starting to get some real traction in international media on the ‘Mexico rides energy reform to emerging market stardom’ theme, suddenly we’re back to hair-raising headlines trumpeting massacres and mass executions. During his nearly two years in office, Mr. Peña has worked very hard to overcome the image of Mexico as a scary, violent place and replace it with tales of middle class growth and a gleaming economic future. Unfortunately, the president has not worked nearly as hard on addressing the underlying causes and circumstances of the eye-popping violence that continues to land Mexico in worldwide news coverage. Continue reading Guerrero mayhem rains on Mexican Moment parade

New political parties line up for public funds

JackpotIn early July 2014, Mexico’s National Electoral Institute (INE) granted official registrations to three new political parties. As of August 1, these parties joined with the existing seven parties holding national registration to make a total of 10 political parties now slurping at the trough of public monies provided to parties with registration. The INE granted each of the new groups a welcome gift of approximately US$230,000 to tide them over through the end of the current year before their full annual subsidies kick in next year. Continue reading New political parties line up for public funds

Lopez Obrador scuttles unified reform referendum proposal

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In a post earlier this year on President Peña’s energy reform proposal, we predicted that the leftist opposition PRD’s efforts to organize a nationwide referendum calling for the repeal of the reform legislation would suit Mr. Peña just fine, as it would lead to indefinite fiddling around with no results. And now, just as it fuzzily appeared in our crystal ball, eternal caretaker of the fatherland Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is working hard to make us look smart. On August 21, a group of high profile intellectuals from academia and the creative arts presented a letter to the media calling upon the country’s leftist political forces, led by the PRD and Mr. López Obrador’s new Morena party, to unify behind a single referendum in order to maximize the potential for repeal of the reform. The group included long-time AMLO supporters such as writer Elena Poniatowska and other stalwarts of the intellectual left. Continue reading Lopez Obrador scuttles unified reform referendum proposal