Mexico

Los Angeles: One thousand protest Mexican student massacre and disappearances

By Rafael Azul, 22 November 2014

Workers and students spoke about the massacre and abduction of teaching school students in Iguala, 43 or whom are still missing.

The disappeared students and Mexico’s deepening political crisis

By Don Knowland, 14 November 2014

The disappearance of 43 rural teaching students has contributed to a growing popular rejection of the major political parties in Mexico.

Angry protests sweep Mexico after government says 43 students are dead

By Don Knowland, 11 November 2014

The attorney general’s presentation of gang confessions claiming that the 43 missing students were killed and burned has further incited an outraged Mexican public.

Peña Nieto implicated in rail contract scandal

By Our reporter, 11 November 2014

The Mexican president’s private mansion has been linked toa multibillion-dollar contract awarded to a corporatesupporter.

More than 100,000 march in Mexico City over disappeared students

By Rafael Azul, 7 November 2014

Marchers demanded the resignation of President Peña Nieto over the government’s handling of the September 26 massacre and mass kidnapping.

Relatives of disappeared students confront Mexico’s president

By Rafael Azul, 31 October 2014

At a meeting with Peña Nieto, relatives of kidnapped students voiced anger over federal government inaction.

Political crisis deepens in Mexico as army is called on to testify on Iguala massacre

By Rafael Azul, 29 October 2014

A Congressional panel is calling on the defense secretary to testify on the role of the Army in the disappearance of students.

Mass protests in Mexico over Iguala Massacre

By Rafael Azul, 24 October 2014

Students are demanding that the investigation into the killing and abduction of their classmates be taken out of the hands of the government.

Mexico’s disappeared students

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2014

The disappearance of the 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero is bound up with the rising inequality and savage violence that go hand in hand with Mexico’s free market “reforms.”

Thousands protest disappearance of Mexican teaching students

By Don Knowland, 18 October 2014

Outrage remains widespread as the Mexican government has failed to reveal what happened to the missing students.

Protests across Mexico over disappearance of students

By Rafael Azul, 16 October 2014

At least 29 universities joined the protest walkout, and in Guerrero, 87 percent of schools were on strike.

Street battles erupt in Guerrero over disappeared Mexican students

By Rafael Azul, 15 October 2014

Students, education workers and families mobilized in Guerrero demanding the resignation of the governor and the return of the disappeared students.

Tens of thousands protest massacre of Mexican student teachers

By Rafael Azul, 10 October 2014

The killings have triggered a tidal wave of national anger that threatens the stability of the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Burned bodies of 28 Mexican teaching students pulled from mass graves

By Don Knowland, 8 October 2014

Guerrero state authorities confirmed that a local gang tied to the Iguala mayor killed the students.

Mass grave found near disappearance of student protesters in Mexico

By Don Knowland, 6 October 2014

After a protest over school resources and jobs a week ago, teaching students in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero were shot at by local police and then rounded up and turned over to gang members.

Mexican government imposes education “reform” over teacher protests

By Don Knowland, 1 October 2014

Mexican President Peña Nieto signed into law a national system implementing standardized evaluations of public school teachers.

Peña Nieto pushes oil privatization in Mexico

By Eric London, 15 September 2014

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto used his September 2 State of the Union address to promote his agenda of turning over Mexico’s energy resources to foreign corporations.

Toxic wastewater from copper mine spills into river in northern Mexico

By Matthew Brennan, 20 August 2014

The disaster has cut off water supplies for over 20,000 people in Sonora.

Fourth major party formed as Mexican Congress passes oil legislation

By Don Knowland, 11 August 2014

The politics of López Obrador’s MORENA party serves sections of Mexican capital, not the working class.

Cargo train derails in Mexico, stranding 1,300 migrants

By Kevin Martinez, 12 July 2014

Wednesday's accident was at least the third derailment of trains carrying migrants across Mexico since last month.

Unrest grows as Mexico’s economy goes into slump

By Don Knowland, 12 June 2014

President Peña Nieto’s plan to modernize the Mexican economy has led to slower growth and widespread disaffection with government policies.

Mexico captures drug cartel head

By Don Knowland, 3 April 2014

The Mexican military has captured the number one narcotics trafficker in Mexico, Joaquín Guzmán of the Sinaloa cartel.

Battles between drug cartels and vigilante groups destabilize Mexico

By Don Knowland, 29 March 2014

The highest level of instability in Mexico in over 80 years has resulted from armed clashes between drug cartels and rural self-defense groups and the intervention of federal troops.

Violence in sports: Two more boxers die from head injuries

By Matthew Brennan, 12 February 2014

On February 3, Mexican featherweight boxer Oscar Gonzalez died from brain injuries sustained during a match with Jesus Galicia in Mexico City.

Mexican Congress approves oil privatization

By Don Knowland, 16 December 2013

Political and economic tensions dominate Mexico as the ruling parties push legislation through Congress opening up Mexican oil to international conglomerates.

Privatization draws foreign capital to Mexico

By Don Knowland, 16 December 2013

The investment flood surges despite the tepid pace of Mexican economic growth and the debacle for those who purchased bonds issued by the three largest Mexican housing developers.

Mexican government accelerates drive to privatize state oil industry

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2013

Encircled by riot police and metal security fences, Mexico’s congress is expected to soon enact constitutional amendments allowing the partial privatization of the state energy firm, PEMEX.

Cholera spreads beyond Haiti as Mexico suffers devastating floods

By John Marion, 9 November 2013

More than 176 cases have been reported in Mexico, with the cholera strain matched to the one causing Haiti’s epidemic

Intense storms cause death, destruction in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 21 September 2013

Twin storms have had a widespread impact across Mexico, causing floods and destruction.

Brutal police attack on Mexican teachers

By Rafael Azul, 17 September 2013

Protesting public school teachers were savagely expelled from Mexico City’s central square by security forces under orders from the Peña Nieto government.

Tens of thousands protest privatization of energy industry in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 10 September 2013

The protest against the privatization of PEMEX drew workers, high school and university students, retirees and sections of the middle class.

US spied on presidents of Brazil, Mexico, documents from Snowden reveal

By Tom Eley, 3 September 2013

Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA specifically targeted for surveillance leaders of the two largest Latin American countries.

Mexican government introduces bill to open up oil industry to foreign companies

By Don Knowland, 15 August 2013

Mexico’s ruling party proposal will partner the national oil company with giant oil companies.

Twenty-four dead in Mexican truck explosion

By Rafael Azul, 14 May 2013

A tanker truck carrying pressurized LP gas careened off a highway near Mexico City killing 24 people.

Obama visits Mexico and Central America to push for economic integration

By Don Knowland, 6 May 2013

With trade between the two countries totaling nearly half a trillion dollars last year, Mexico is Washington’s second-largest trading partner.

Mexico faces political and economic turmoil on the eve of Obama visit

By Don Knowland, 1 May 2013

Obama is arriving in Mexico in the wake of a political scandal over election tampering and amid changes in US-Mexico security arrangements.

Teachers’ struggles escalate across Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 30 April 2013

Tens of thousands of Mexican teachers are mobilizing against education reforms that attack job security and subordinate public education to corporate interests.

Teachers struggle erupts in Mexican state of Guerrero

By Rafael Azul, 26 April 2013

Guerrero teachers have repudiated state and federal education reforms.

Head of Mexican teachers union arrested

By Rafael Azul, 1 March 2013

Mexican teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo was arrested on charges of embezzling and money laundering .

Mexican government prepares a dirty war

By Rafael Azul, 25 February 2013

Mexico is heading increasingly toward a dirty war, as the US collaborates in the militarization of its society.

Explosion at Mexico City PEMEX headquarters kills 33

By Rafael Azul, 2 February 2013

Thirty-three are dead and 121 wounded from a mysterious explosion at the headquarters of the state-owned oil company.

Twenty-four dead in Mexican prison riot

By Rafael Azul, 22 December 2012

The death of 24 people in the course of an escape attempt at a Mexican prison shines a light on the deterioration of Mexican society during the drug war.

Peña Nieto moves toward privatization of Mexican oil

By Rafael Azul, 18 December 2012

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced plans to partially privatize state-owned Pemex Oil Company.

Sweetheart settlement for HSBC bank on drug money laundering charges

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2012

The financial mafia that bestrides the American economy and controls the political system is, in practice, above the law.

Thousands protest as new Mexican president takes office

By Rafael Azul, 3 December 2012

Across Mexico, workers and youth greeted the transfer of power to President Enrique Peña Nieto of the PRI with protests.

Amid mass protests, Mexican deputies approve labor counter-reform

By Rafael Azul, 3 October 2012

The Mexican Chamber of Deputies approved a labor reform law that attacks living standards and working conditions for the working class.

Mexican gas plant explosion kills some 30 workers

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2012

An explosion that ripped through a Patrollers Mexicanos (PEMEX) gas facility in northeastern Mexico near the US border has left as many as 34 workers dead and dozens more injured.

Police shootings raise questions over CIA role in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 5 September 2012

On August 24, Mexican police shot and wounded two American CIA agents.

Mexican officials to recount votes in last week’s election

By Rafael Azul, 7 July 2012

The controversy over the vote count coming out of Sunday’s elections in Mexico reflects a crisis of leadership in the Mexican ruling class.

Mexico: Enrique Peña Nieto wins presidential race

By Rafael Azul, 3 July 2012

Preliminary results indicate that the candidate of the PRI, the former longtime ruling party, has won the presidential contest in Mexico.

Mexican presidential candidates have no answers to social crisis

By Rafael Azul, 25 June 2012

There is less than one week to go before the July 1 elections in Mexico that will decide which presidential candidate, and which party, will rule during the next six years.

US Attorney General Holder faces contempt of Congress vote

By David Brown, 14 June 2012

A House committee will vote next week on whether to hold US Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over Operation Fast and Furious.

Mass student protests hit media bias in Mexican elections

By Rafael Azul, 31 May 2012

The run-up to Mexico’s July 1 elections has been suddenly overshadowed by a nationwide student protest movement denouncing the political bias of the country’s privately owned mass media.

Reports cite killings, disappearances and torture by Mexico’s security forces

By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2012

Reports issued this week by the US State Department and Amnesty International charge Mexico’s army and police with crimes against the Mexican people, even as Washington continues to funnel aid and arms to these forces.

Scores of decapitated bodies found in Mexico

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2012

In a brutal escalation of Mexico’s drug war, scores of decapitated and mutilated bodies were recovered outside of the northern industrial city of Monterrey.

Police assault protesting students in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 1 May 2012

Hundreds of police attacked students protesting for more resources for education in Morelia Mexico.

Mexico to hold elections in midst of social catastrophe

By Rafael Azul, 24 April 2012

The July 1 elections in Mexico will take place in the midst of a social crisis of historic proportions.

The Pope’s visit to Mexico deepens assault on the secular state

By Rafael Azul, 21 March 2012

Pope Benedict’s visit to Mexico is being preceded by a constitutional reform that overturns the principles of a secular state secured by the Mexican Revolution.

Famine devastates states of northern Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 24 January 2012

Mexico’s food crisis is turning into a famine for the marginalized groups such as the Tarahumara Indians in Chihuahua State.

Mexican students in Guerrero gunned down by government security forces

By Rafael Azul, 21 December 2011

Two Mexican student teachers were killed by Mexican police in the Southern State of Guerrero December 12.

Mexican workers face no alternative in 2012 vote

By Don Knowland, 7 December 2011

With Mexico’s three main parties, the PAN, PRI and PRD, all defending the existing capitalist setup, deteriorating social conditions are creating conditions for mass struggles.

Mexican teachers fight to defend public education

By Rafael Azul, 28 November 2011

Tens of thousands of teachers in 14 Mexican states carried out strikes and protests on November 22 to oppose the government’s attack on public education.

Mounting food crisis in Latin America

By Rafael Azul, 21 November 2011

News of a developing famine in northern Mexico coincides with a recently released report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean that reveals increasing food insecurity throughout this vast region.

Mexican police arrest protesters in Juarez

By Rafael Azul, 14 November 2011

On November 1, some 150 police officers in Juarez México attacked protesters who belong to a pacifist group, the Front of United Citizens.

Floods threaten Mexico and Central America with famine

By Rafael Azul, 26 October 2011

Two weeks of torrential rains have created an environmental crisis that threatens the food supplies of Mexico, Central America and Colombia.

Latin stock markets hit hardest by US credit downgrade

By Luis Arce, 12 August 2011

Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.

CIA, US military operating inside Mexico’s “drug war”

By Bill Van Auken, 9 August 2011

The Mexican government has acknowledged that US intelligence and military officials are deployed inside Mexico, but refused to confirm details on their role in the country’s “drug war” for reasons of “national security”.

Mexico’s former ruling party, the PRI, gains in governors’ races

By Kevin Kearney, 20 July 2011

Mexico’s PRI—which controlled national politics for 70 years before it was unseated in 2000—has managed to parlay popular opposition to President Calderon into electoral gains in three more Mexican states.

Mexican drug gang’s guns traced to US operation

By Bill Van Auken, 10 June 2011

An arsenal of assault rifles and other weapons seized by police in Mexico has been traced to a US government program that intentionally allowed guns to be smuggled across the border.

Global commission brands “drug war” a failure

By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2011

An international commission that includes former Latin American presidents and US officials issued a scathing indictment of Washington’s “war on drugs.”

Mexican teachers vote to end strike

By Rafael Azul, 2 June 2011

In occupying central Oaxaca, thousands of striking teachers are repeating the form of struggle that they carried out in 2006. Despite their militancy, today as in 2006, the teachers go into struggle without a clear political perspective.

US banks involved in money laundering operation for Mexican mafia

By Rafael Azul, 20 May 2011

As the brutal war between the Mexican Government and the drug cartels claims the lives of thousands of civilian victims, evidence piles up of the complicity of US and international banks in the financing and arming of the global drug trade.

Mexico: Opposition to government militarization of “drug war” grows

By Kevin Kearney, 11 May 2011

The peace march is a particular manifestation of growing national dissatisfaction with the bloody drug war that has effectively shredded the social fabric of Mexico.

Mine explosion in Mexico: Unsafe conditions and government corruption

By Rafael Azul, 9 May 2011

A May 3 explosion in a coalmine in northern Mexico exposes brutal conditions for miners as well as the corruption and indifference of the government. The mine was one of many precarious and unregulated mines in Mexico.

Mexico’s “left” and the Oaxacan teachers struggle

By Kevin Kearney, 1 March 2011

Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s provocative visit to Oaxaca last month reawakened the apparently dormant volcano of the region’s militant teachers and students.

Teachers battle riot police as violence flares in Mexico

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2011

Teachers fought a pitched battle with state and federal police in the city of Oaxaca Tuesday, as the death toll from Mexico’s drug war continued to mount elsewhere in the country.

Pentagon official: US could send troops to fight Mexican “insurgency”

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2011

The second highest civilian official in charge of the US Army warned Monday that US troops may have to intervene in Mexico to combat what he termed an “insurgency”.

Cables reveal US considered “state of exception” in Mexico

By Kevin Kearney, 15 December 2010

US and Mexican officials discussed imposing a “state of exception” to facilitate army operations in Mexico, cables released by WikiLeaks show.

Human rights groups expose gross abuse of Mexican orphans and disabled

By Rafael Azul, 11 December 2010

A recently released report describes abominable conditions for Mexican orphans and the disabled poor.

72 immigrants massacred in Mexico

By Kevin Martinez and Rafael Azul, 30 August 2010

The bodies of 72 undocumented immigrants were found in a ranch in northern Mexico by Mexican marines after a gun battle with drug traffickers on August 25.

Low voter turnout in Mexican state elections

By Rafael Azul, 6 July 2010

On Sunday, Mexicans went to the polls to vote for governors and legislatures in 12 states.

BP containment effort set back as government acknowledges undersea oil plumes

By Hiram Lee, 25 June 2010

BP was forced to remove the cap on the Deepwater Horizon wellhead on Wednesday following an accident with an underwater robotic vehicle used for examinations and repairs.

US Border Patrol murders Mexican teenager

By Jerry White, 10 June 2010

In the second killing of a Mexican citizen by the US Border Patrol in less than two weeks, an agent shot and killed a 15-year-old youth Monday evening at the El Paso, Texas-Ciudad Juarez crossing.

US, Mexico in crisis talks on “drug war”

By Rafael Azul, 24 March 2010

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading a high-level US delegation to Mexico City this week for crisis talks on the US-backed “drug war”.

Mexico: growing crisis over failed drug war policy

By Kevin Kearney, 15 February 2010

Mexico’s “war on drugs” is an unmitigated social disaster, having claimed some 17,000 lives over the last three years, while doing nothing to curb drug trafficking. Its failure has led to deepening fissures in the ruling party, the PAN.

Mexican government closes electric utility, sacks 44,000 workers

By Rafael Azul, 15 October 2009

Earning praise from Mexico’s financial sector and Wall Street, President Felipe Calderón ordered the sudden liquidation of Mexico’s Luz y Fuerza del Centro public electrical utility, wiping out the jobs of 44,000 workers.

Mexico: President Calderon calls for “doing more with less”

By Rafael Azul, 14 September 2009

Mexican President Felipe Calderon called for doing ‘more with less’ when he presented to Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies his 2010 budget.

Mexican economy in free-fall

By Rafael Azul, 26 August 2009

The Mexican economy shrank at an annual rate of 10.3 percent in the second quarter of 2009, the worst economic performance since 1981.

NAFTA summit papers over divisions between US, Mexico and Canada

By Rafael Azul, 14 August 2009

This week’s NAFTA summit in Guadalajara ended without any agreement on confronting the deep economic crisis that has swept the North American continent.

Mexican state of Michoacán under military state of siege

By Carlos del Rocío, 22 July 2009

The deployment of 2,500 more Mexican army troops to the state of Michoacán signals a major escalation of the US-backed “war on drugs” being waged by the Calderón government.

Mexican election results: an escalating crisis of class rule

By Rafael Azul, 13 July 2009

The defeat of México’s ruling National Action Party (PAN) at the hands of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the July 5 midterm election signals an escalating crisis of bourgeois rule.

Capitalism’s deadly toll: 44 children dead in Mexican day care fire

By Rafael Azul, 9 June 2009

A fire that swept through the ABC day care center in Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora state in northern Mexico June 5, has claimed the lives of 44 children, while leaving at least 30 others in critical conditions.

Mexico’s “war on drugs” employs army torture and police-state tactics

By Rafael Azul and Kevin Kearney, 25 May 2009

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, an independent government agency, has reported that the Mexican army is torturing citizens just across the US border in its war on drug cartels.

Mexico: Epidemic deepens the social crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2009

With the death toll in Mexico’s swine flu epidemic having risen to at least 159, measures taken to halt the spread of the disease are deepening the country’s economic slump. Meanwhile, criticism of the government’s handling of the crisis is growing.

Washington escalates “drug war” intervention in Mexico

By Bill Van Auken, 27 March 2009

With its reinforcement of federal agents on the border, increased aid to the Mexican military and visits by Secretary of State Clinton and other top US officials, the Obama administration is escalating its intervention in Mexico’s “drug war.”

Pentagon drafts border plan as Mexico hits US protectionism

By Bill Van Auken, 19 March 2009

The Mexican government imposed a set of tariff increases this week against some 90 US imports in retaliation for the Obama administration signing legislation that ended a pilot program allowing Mexican long-haul trucks to operate on US highways.

Pentagon warns of US military intervention in Mexico’s “war on drugs”

By Kevin Kearney, 9 February 2009

A report issued by the United States Joint Forces Command warns that “chaos” and a potential government collapse generated by Mexico’s “war on drugs” may pose a threat to US security requiring American military intervention.

Mexico: Energy reform referendum reveals impotence of the PRD

By Josué Olmos, 12 August 2008

A non-binding referendum organized by the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) on Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s proposed energy reform was held Sunday, July 27 in the Federal District of Mexico City, as well as in nine out of the 31 Mexican states. Behind Calderón’s reform is the clear aim of dismantling the state-owned oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). The Associated Press reported that approximately 2 million people voted nation-wide, and in Mexico City turnout was as low as 11 percent. The referendum reveals a widespread disaffection among workers with the populist program of the PRD.

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Mexican torture videos reveal ties with US military contractors

By Kevin Martinez and Rafael Azul, 11 July 2008

On July 1, videos surfaced on the Internet and Mexican television depicting police officers practicing torture techniques in the city of León, Guanajuato. The videos reveal ongoing ties between Mexican authorities and US military contractors, and an escalation of repressive measures against the Mexican working class, youth and peasantry. The tapes show an English-speaking private contractor training the officers, a chilling image that brought back memories of the “Dirty War” of the 1970’s and 80’s, when the Mexican government systematically hunted down and tortured left-wing students and peasants with the complicity and assistance of the United States.

Mexico: Election dispute threatens breakup of PRD

By Kevin Kearney, 7 May 2008

The results of the March 16 election for president and general secretary of Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) are still unknown, and it is increasingly unlikely that the final results will ever be determined.