Author: PMC

President Fox asked not to take sides

MEXICO CITY — President Vicente Fox is being asked to take a step back from this nation’s presidential campaign and not play favorites. Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Roberto Madrazo, in a letter to Fox publicized Tuesday, asked that the outgoing president not impede Mexico’s democracy by publicly supporting a candidate in the 2006 presidential race.

Mexico Politics have investors on edge

2006 is turning into the most anxious year for companies with investments in Mexico since, well, the last Mexican presidential election six years ago. Thanks to the North American Free Trade Agreement, an independent Mexican central bank and a firm peso, the state of the U.S. economy will continue to determine the health of the

Anything can happen in a Mexican Election

While Mexico City’s populist former mayor is far ahead in the polls, the coming presidential election is far from over, observers said at a conference here Friday. Anything could happen in an election in which the issues have yet to be defined and voters are fed up with politicians and impatient with democracy. That all

FIRST LOOK: Presidential hopefuls ready to campaign

The greatest show of the political season in Mexico has already started, with five presidential candidates starting their five-month campaigns. A variety of factors makes this electoral year a very interesting one. The Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE, has to prove its ability to keep the electoral process transparent. Then, there has been great disappointment

Leftist hopeful aims for center

MEXICO CITY — Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador strove to portray himself as a moderate while formally registering his presidential candidacy Sunday, promising to reduce emigration to the United States and maintain a balanced foreign policy. Portrayed as a radical or populist by detractors, the former mayor of this capital city has worked to move

Testing Mexican Campaign Law

CORPUS CHRISTI — For three weeks, Laredo produce importer José Carmona has been on a whirlwind tour of Texas, one that could spell a direct challenge to Mexico’s election law and change the pace and tone of its upcoming presidential campaign. Carmona, a Mexican citizen, has logged more than 2,800 miles across the state on

Mail Ballots may play a role in Election

MEXICO CITY — Adding to the drama of the presidential election — a high stakes battle that has seen massive government ballot fraud, an assassination and, most recently, a ruling party knocked from power after 70 years — is the first chance in for Mexicans living abroad to vote. The millions of possible votes could

Road Trip to the Presidency – AMLO

LA PAZ, Mexico — While rival parties still are choosing their candidates, populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador already was out of the gate Thursday, launching a road trip designed to keep momentum as the early frontrunner for the 2006 presidential election. With promises to provide public-works jobs for the poor, government pensions for the elderly

Mexico City Earthquake – 20 years later

Mexico City recalls quake of 1985 MEXICO CITY — The sun had just risen as a 70-year-old woman, alone beside a 100-foot cement slab that was once the base of an eight-story apartment building, lit the candles she had placed beside her walking cane and a bouquet of flowers. She made sure the wicks were

Whose land is this anyways?

Mr. Kruschev, meet Mr. Kennedy. Mr. Simcox, meet Mr. Delgado. OK, maybe the posturing that’s going on between the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps of Texas and the Brown Berets isn’t anywhere near the nuclear standoff between the U.S. president and Soviet premier, but it sure has people worked into a tizzy. Chris Simcox organized the


THE TRUTH TEN TRUTHS BLACK AND HISPANIC PEOPLE KNOW, BUT WHITE PEOPLE WON’T ADMIT: 1. Elvis is dead. 2. Jesus was not white. 3. Rap music is here to stay. 4. Kissing your pet is not cute or clean. 5. Skinny does not equal sexy. 6. Thomas Jefferson had black children. 7. A 5 year

Mexico City Mayor Resigns

MEXICO CITY — Do a Google search on “AMLO,” the initials by which the populist front-runner for the presidency is known, and you’ll get a prompt: “Did you mean: malo?” Spanish for “bad.” Whether Andrés Manuel López Obrador — whose initials are as widely recognized here as JFK and LBJ in the U.S. — would

Governor’s Election to be key

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — The contenders in today’s election for governor of Mexico’s largest state could be the cast from Hollywood’s latest comic book-inspired movie. One candidate is a woman with a mysterious alter ego whose real name most people in Mexico can barely pronounce or spell. Another is a man who has cast himself as

Plans for border fence draw fire

TIJUANA, Mexico, – Hurling himself over a steel fence into the no-man’s-land between Mexico and California, an undocumented migrant sprints across a narrow strip lit by harsh arc lights and watched over by video cameras on tall posts. Before he can shin up a second barrier of tall concrete pillars topped with seismic sensors and

Putting a face on Rascism in America

The Nativists Around the country, an anti-immigration movement is spreading like wildfire. An array of activists is fanning the flames. One of them says he’d like to bring nuclear weapons to the border. Another vows to stop the alleged Mexican invasion of Idaho. Several have links to white supremacist hate groups; others are given to

Rascist Myths

So, just who are the “illegal” in California and elsewhere, and who has a greater right to live and work here? As he stated was his goal was on his inaugeration night, President James Polk stole California (and much more) from Mexico by violent force, just a few generations ago. Now we pass laws making

Rascism Alive and Well in Mexico

Mexico’s President Vicente Fox is having a tough year. During the much-publicized Minuteman Project in Arizona last March, Fox’s arrogant comments and dismissive attitude didn’t win him too many fans north of the border. Then in May, while making yet another speech about how America couldn’t function without illegal immigrants from Mexico, Fox managed to

Road Trip NL-Celaya

I just returned from my third trip this year to Celaya and wanted to share a few thoughts on the experience. Driving in Mexico For the third time, I have returned from a 1200 mile round trip to the interior although this time it was not a trip of pleasure. A few things I have

Road Trip 3 NL-Celaya

I just returned from my third trip this year to Celaya and wanted to share a few thoughts on the experience. Driving in Mexico For the third time, I have returned from a 1200 mile round trip to the interior although this time it was not a trip of pleasure. A few things I have