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  • Former Mexican President Says Most Undocumented Immigrants Don't Want To Become US Citizens

    01/25/2015 7:22:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By David Sirota
    DAVOS -- The crackdown on illegal immigration combined with intensified border security has prompted large numbers of undocumented Mexican laborers to remain in the U.S. permanently -- even as many prefer to go home -- out of fear they will never be able to return, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon told International Business Times. “Many of them are currently trapped,” Calderon told IBTimes. “There are a lot of these people [who] want to be in Mexico eight months every year, but they are unable to go there, because if they cross the border, they will never be able to cross...
  • Double Standards on Death

    12/18/2012 12:17:29 PM PST · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Lloyd Billingsley
    “No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society,” President Obama said at the memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, “but that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this. If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to...
  • Mexico's Calderon makes new push for reform of labor laws

    09/03/2012 9:26:04 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 2, 2012 | Dave Graham and Miguel Gutierrez
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent a new proposal to liberalize the country's antiquated labor laws to lawmakers on Saturday as he seeks to fast-track the legislation before leaving office at the end of November. Calderon's draft bill, submitted at the start of the new Congress by Interior Minister Alejandro Poire, is aimed at helping spur stronger growth in Latin America's second biggest economy. Agreeing on labor reform has long proved difficult in Mexico, and the proposal could be a litmus test of how the PRI and Calderon's conservative National Action Party, or PAN, cooperate in the new Congress, which lasts...
  • Pemex's woes may clear way for Brazil to help

    04/02/2008 11:28:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies · 47+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 1, 2008 | THOMAS BLACK and ANDRES R. MARTINEZ
    Mexico's leader sees potential in progress of Petrobras Guillermo Najera, a 42-year-old machine operator at Mexican state-controlled oil company Petróleos Mexicanos, gets paid to do nothing all day. Pemex management can't fire the union worker or transfer him from the ammonia plant in Ciudad Camargo, where he still shows up for work even though the plant stopped production in 2002. "We don't have anything else to do except keep our areas clean," Najera says as he and dozens of other idle workers enter the gates of the plant for the 7 a.m. shift. "I want to go back to work."...
  • Mexico Unveils ‘No More Weapons!’ Sign Made Of Firearms Along US Border

    02/17/2012 11:12:36 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 17, 2012
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — President Felipe Calderon on Thursday unveiled a “No More Weapons!” billboard made with crushed firearms and placed near the U.S. border. He urged the United States to stop the flow of weapons into Mexico. The billboard, which is in English and weighs 3 tons, was placed near an international bridge in Ciudad Juarez and can be seen from the United States.
  • Mexico conservatives back woman presidential candidate

    02/06/2012 4:06:11 AM PST · by NCjim · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 5, 2012 | Lizbeth Diaz and Mica Rosenberg
    Voters from Mexico's ruling conservative party selected their first woman presidential candidate on Sunday, choosing a former education minister to battle the opposition's nominee, who has a big lead in the polls. National Action Party (PAN) voters threw their support behind former party congressional leader Josefina Vazquez Mota, pushing aside Ernesto Cordero, a close ally of President Felipe Calderon. Jose Espina, who organized the vote, announced Vazquez Mota was ahead with 55 percent support with around 87 percent of the votes counted, more than enough to secure the party nomination. Cordero came in second with 38 percent. National polls show...
  • Protest March in Mexico City Against Drug War (only 35,000 killed since 2006)

    08/15/2011 9:27:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Protest March in Mexico City Against Drug WarMonday, 15 August 2011 10:28 More than 1,000 people have joined a protest in Mexico City against the government's strategy in the fight against drug gangs. Carrying banners and pictures of dead relatives, the activists marched in silence to the presidential palace to demand peace. As reported by BBC, the protest was led by the poet turned activist Javier Sicilia, whose son was killed earlier this year. He wants President Felipe Calderon to pull the army off the streets. The activists are also demanding changes to a national security law reform being considered...
  • Mexican President Calderon speaks in San Jose

    06/11/2011 6:51:09 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    San Jose, Calif. (AP) -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon is in the San Francisco Bay area where he spoke at a San Jose job training center about immigration issues and other topics. Speaking at the Center for Employment and Training on Saturday, Calderon told a crowd of more than 600 people that walls or what he called "abusive laws" will not stop people from migrating to the U.S. He told the gathering that Mexico needs more labor opportunities.
  • Mexico: Obama Needs to Wake Up and Smell the Gunpowder

    10/29/2010 11:47:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10/29/10 | Ted Galen Carpenter
    While the Obama administration worries about security issues half way around the world in such places as Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea, a serious problem is brewing right on our southern border. Drug-related violence in Mexico has claimed some 29,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels four years ago. The situation is now so bad that some analysts worry that Mexico could become a “failed state.” That outcome is a relatively unlikely, worst-case scenario, but the violence is already bad enough that it warrants far more attention from America’s
  • Inside Mexico's drug war, Americans allege abuse

    07/17/2010 10:20:48 AM PDT · by thecodont · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal / online.wsj.com ^ | JULY 17, 2010 | By NICHOLAS CASEY
    (via The Drudge Report) CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico—Two Americans were driving back to El Paso, Texas, last December after an afternoon across the border in Ciudad Juárez. A few blocks from the border, they were surrounded by Mexican army trucks and pulled from their Dodge Ram. Mexico's military says it found two suitcases full of marijuana in the cab of the pickup truck. Two soldiers later testified that they drove the two Americans to a military compound on the outskirts of town, questioned them briefly, then turned them over to civilian authorities. The Americans were charged with possession of marijuana with...
  • BYRON YORK: As economic worries worsen, White House puts on the glitz

    06/01/2010 3:09:50 PM PDT · by Nasher · 14 replies · 877+ views
    Appealdemocrat ^ | June 01, 2010 | Byron York
    You know the basics. The unemployment rate is 9.9 percent. Jobs are still being lost. Worries about the global economy are causing breathtaking volatility on Wall Street. And millions of Americans who still have jobs are worrying more than ever about the safety of their retirement savings. What you may not know is that, during this moment of terrible economic anxiety, the Obama White House found the time -- and the money -- to turn itself, at least for a night, into a showcase of glitzy extravagance. On May 19, the White House held a state dinner for Mexican President...
  • Border Charade

    05/26/2010 5:39:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 454+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 26, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Security: After letting Mexico's president trash Arizona's immigration law and his immigration enforcement chief say he won't enforce it, the president wants to send a token National Guard contingent to the border. There's something disingenuous about the president's plan to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the Arizona border to help the Border Patrol catch illegal aliens. His director of immigration and customs enforcement, John Morton, has said he might not enforce immigration crimes reported by Arizona officials, though the state's new law merely copies federal law. Morton is director of ICE, not chief justice of the Supreme Court. He...
  • Calderon And Daley Want Your Guns

    05/24/2010 4:56:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 780+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 24, 2010 | Investors Business Daily
    Gun Rights: Not happy with interfering in our internal affairs by savaging Arizona's new immigration law, the president of Mexico wants to shred our Second Amendment too. And the mayor of Chicago wants to help. There stood Mexican President Felipe Calderon before Congress, blaming America for the violence on his side of the border and, among other things, the guns that fuel the Mexican drug war that has claimed more than 23,000 Mexican lives since he took office in 2006. Rather than taking responsibility himself, he shoved the blame on America. It would all stop, he implied, if America would...
  • Calderon blames U.S. guns for violence

    05/21/2010 8:00:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 54 replies · 1,098+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2010 | Kara Rowland
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon called on Congress on Thursday to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons that he said are ending up in the hands of violent drug cartels south of the border, using a highly contentious estimate of U.S. guns seized in Mexico when addressing Capitol Hill lawmakers. Mr. Calderone said he respects the Second Amendment, but argued that violence south of the border spiked in 2004 after the expiration of a U.S. ban on semiautomatic weapons. Echoing statements made by President Obama Wednesday, Mr... --snip-- "With all due respect, if you do not regulate the sale of...
  • Lights Out In L.A.?

    05/20/2010 5:09:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies · 1,289+ views
    Investors.com ^ | May 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Immigration: An Arizona official asks a good question: If California wants to boycott Arizona over the way it enforces federal law, what about the electricity California gets from there? The problem with righteous indignation is that when others call you on it and tell you to put your money where your mouth is, it can cause an embarrassing leak in your hot air balloon. Gary Pierce, a commissioner on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission, has done just that, calling the bluff of the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Pierce wrote Villaraigosa a letter saying in essence that...
  • Message to Mexican President and Obama apologybots: Go $&@# Yourselves

    05/19/2010 7:07:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 403+ views
    Six Meat Buffet ^ | May 19, 2010 | Nigel
    Allow me to share a personal note. Today a friend of mine obtained her US Citizenship (I’d share photos, but I don’t have permission). She’s beaming ear to ear. She has dropped a tear or two today in thankfulness. She proudly waves her American flag and has been talking all day about how now she has “freedom”. I’ve been choked up about it myself today. See…my friend EARNED her “freedom”. She jumped through all of the legal hoops, studied our Constitution, and learned all of the privileges and obligations of being an American and will share her experience with her...
  • Mexico Needs U.S. Help Against Cartels

    02/19/2010 5:42:31 PM PST · by raptor22 · 5 replies · 234+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 19, 2010 | Editorial staff
    A recent USA Today headline reporting that "drug cartels threaten Mexican stability" should have said "drug cartels threaten Mexican and U.S. stability." But it's not just the marked increase in violent crimes - including grisly murders, kidnappings, and heightened gang warfare - that threaten our security. Besides peddling their drugs, the cartels are happy to help international terrorists smuggle weapons, money, and suicide bombers into this country. "The danger here is clear and present," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs during a hearing on this issue last year. Homeland Security Secretary...
  • Prospects dim for Mexican firearms treaty

    08/10/2009 5:28:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies · 948+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10 August, 2009 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama's call for the Senate to ratify a hemispheric small-firearms treaty dominated his last visit to Mexico, but in the four months since, both the treaty pledge and the drug violence that prompted it have dropped off the radar - a victim of Congress' full schedule and gun politics. That means on Sunday Mr. Obama will go with an empty hand to Mexico, which blames the U.S. for many of the weapons used by drug cartels that have violently thwarted a crackdown by Mexican authorities. Both Mexican and Canadian officials bring to the meeting concerns that the U.S. is...
  • The Guns Of Calderon

    04/17/2009 6:33:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 794+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 17, 2009
    Weapons: Reporting on President Obama's visit to Mexico, the Washington Post parrots both governments' line that 90% of guns confiscated from the drug lords originate in the U.S. They're all shooting blanks.We've all heard the cliche about lies, damned lied and statistics. In political discourse, numbers put forth, such as of the homeless and uninsured, take on a life of their own, unquestioned and devoid of analysis or true meaning. In the liberal circles of the mainstream media and the current administration, not to be redundant, the example du jour was in the Post's coverage Thursday of President Obama's visit...
  • Obama warned at summit: No North American Union

    08/08/2009 8:06:01 PM PDT · by Man50D · 17 replies · 1,202+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | August 08, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    With President Obama expected tomorrow for the North American Leaders' Summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, a coalition of American legislators and activists took a message to the Mexican media, denouncing economic partnerships that would undermine national sovereignty and blasting Obama's failure to keep his promises on transparency and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Howard Phillips, chairman of The Conservative Caucus and head of the Coalition to Block the North American Union, spoke to Mexican print, television and radio media about the summit, which was known in previous years as the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership, or...
  • Obama Blames U.S. Guns in Mexico

    04/18/2009 8:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,338+ views
    Black Enterprise / The Washington Times ^ | April 17, 2009 | Stephen Dinan
    Meeting face-to-face with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, President Obama on Thursday said the U.S. is to blame for much of Mexico's drug violence, and he set up a major congressional gun-control battle by calling on the Senate to ratify a treaty designed to track and cut the flow of guns to other countries. Mr. Obama said he wants to renew a ban on some semiautomatic weapons but that it is not likely to pass Congress. Instead, he called for the Senate to ratify a decade-old hemispherewide treaty that would require nations to mark all weapons produced in the country and...
  • Obama, Calderon Meet, Sing Cheech and Chong Classic

    01/12/2009 5:35:45 PM PST · by bloodmeridian · 1 replies · 378+ views
    Feed Your ADHd ^ | 1/12/2009 | Dr. Dave
    "In a time honored tradition! (yeah, man, TIME HONORED!"), president-elect Barack Obama had lunch today with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. With two ongoing wars in the Middle East, one in Afghanistan, and a worldwide recession that has world leaders frantic, the first big-time leader Obama meets is...Calderon. That's...really...EXCITING! You can only imagine what they talked about...amnesty for illegals...the baja surf...and probably where Obama can score some good smoke, wholesale. They also sang a rendition of this Cheech and Chong classic.
  • Mexico faulted on human rights

    02/14/2008 12:43:02 AM PST · by restornu · 8 replies · 106+ views
    Houston Chronicle Mexico City Bureau World ^ | Feb. 13, 2008, 10:14PM | By DUDLEY ALTHAUS
    Some human rights groups in Mexico want Pres. Felipe Calderon, who visited Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday, to pull some Mexican troops away from the drug war. New York group says government is failing to halt or prevent abuses MEXICO CITY — A leading international organization charged Wednesday that the Mexican government's human rights commission has proved largely impotent in preventing abuses of its citizens. Human Rights Watch, the New York-based organization, said in a report that Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, a semi-autonomous body, has proved adept at criticizing violations of citizens' rights but has failed to halt or...
  • Mexican President Felipe Calderon arrives in Chicago

    02/12/2008 5:25:47 PM PST · by chicagolady · 9 replies · 87+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | Feb 12 2008 | Antonio Olivo and Gary Washburn
    During a private meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, about 30 Mexican immigrant leaders Tuesday pushed for more aggressive economic development in Mexico, calling on the president to double the country's "3 for 1" program that invests remittances from abroad in new schools, roads and other government projects. "We asked him to make it a $1 billion program in the next two years," said Salvador Pedroza, chairman of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and a local leader of Calderon's National Action Party, or PAN. "He was very receptive." Jose Artemio Arreola, not affiliated with PAN, called the private meeting...
  • Mexican president decries anti-immigrant perceptions in US, says migrants help economy

    02/11/2008 9:07:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 289+ views
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | February 11, 2008 | Steve LeBlanc
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday decried anti-immigrant perceptions in the United States and argued that Mexican immigrants complement American workers. On his first trip to the U.S. as Mexico's president, Calderon said he is working to combat anti-Americanism in Mexico and to improve job prospects there to reduce migration. He said he hopes that Americans resist anti-Mexican sentiments. "The worst thing that happened in this country is this anti-Mexican or anti-immigrant perception of people. We need to contain this," Calderon said after a speech at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. "I need to change...
  • U.S. self-government is in peril (SPP Alert)

    09/11/2007 5:33:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 98 replies · 3,458+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2007 | Phyllis Schlafly
    It's now leaking out that there was more going on than met the eye at the Security and Prosperity Partnership Summit in Montebello, Canada, in August. The three amigos - President George W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon - finalized and released the "North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza." The "Plan" - that's what they call it, with a capital P - is to use the excuse of a major flu epidemic to shift powers from U.S. legislatures to unelected, unaccountable "North American" bureaucrats. This idea was launched on Sept. 14, 2005,...
  • Can’t the United States act Unilaterally within its own borders?

    09/04/2007 7:31:33 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 11 replies · 227+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 9-4-07 | Alaphiah
    Question can the U.S. Congress legislate without consulting with foreign powers? No they can’t according to Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Why?
  • After One Year, Pro-Life Mexican President Gets 75% Positive Rating

    08/31/2007 7:24:08 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 12 replies · 382+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 31, 2007
    After One Year, Pro-Life Mexican President Gets 75% Positive Rating MEXICO CITY, August 31, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- After one year in office, Mexico's pro-life president Felipe Calderon is receiving positive poll ratings from a majority of Mexicans, according to a recent survey. The survey, sponsored by the Mexican publication Milenio, asked recipients "Has Felipe Calderón fulfilled his campaign promises?".  Eleven percent said "yes" and sixty-four percent said "Yes, to a certain extent", for a total of 75%.  Only 18% responded "No."  When asked if Calderon had performed better or worse than expected,  50% responded "better" and only 31% responded "worse"....
  • Bush doesn't deny plans for N. American Union (more tinfoil)

    08/22/2007 7:28:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 109 replies · 2,165+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | August 21, 2007 | WorldNetDaily
    MONTEBELLO, Quebec – President Bush today sidestepped a direct question about whether he'd be willing to categorically deny there is a plan to create the North American Union. Instead, he ridiculed those who believe that is taking place as conspiracy theorists. The exchange came at a news conference held by Bush, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who met at a resort in the rural woods outside of Ottawa, Quebec, to discuss their latest work on the Security and Prosperity Partnership. After the trio presented their prepared statement about the SPP, several reporters who had been...
  • A North American road to nowhere

    08/21/2007 4:59:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 95 replies · 1,740+ views
    Toronto Globe and Mail ^ | August 21, 2007 | Gloria Galloway
    OTTAWA — It's a threat that has left-wing Canadian nationalists and right-wing U.S. congressmen in rare and dismayed agreement: a freeway, four football fields wide, stretching from Mexico to northern Manitoba. Groups on both sides of the political spectrum say the corridor - dubbed the NAFTA superhighway - is a primary goal of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America established two years ago by the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico. At separate press conferences in Ottawa yesterday, the road was held out as an example of the potentially repugnant effects of the trilateral partnership....
  • [ Mexican President Felipe ] Calderon popularity jumps in new poll

    05/09/2007 10:32:14 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 437+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, May 9, 2007 | unattributed
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon's approval rating jumped by 10 percentage points as memories fade of last year's bitter election fight when he was accused of winning by fraud, a newspaper said on Wednesday. An opinion poll published by El Universal daily gave conservative Calderon 68 percent, up from 58 percent in its last poll in February... Mexico's top election court and foreign observers rejected Lopez Obrador's claim that Calderon won the vote by cheating. El Universal said only 17 of the 68 points Calderon received in the poll were from people who strongly supported his performance. The rest is considered...
  • America’s ‘Berlin Wall’? (Excellent editorial on US/Mexico Border Fence)

    03/19/2007 3:00:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 625+ views
    PoliticalMavens.com ^ | March 16, 2007 | Paul Kengor
    I tend to avoid the immigration debate, which, for various reasons that agitate some of my conservative friends, does not get me riled up. Nonetheless, in the context of this debate, the Mexican leadership continues to make an outrageous analogy, one that needs to be answered. Both the previous Mexican president, Vicente Fox, and the new one, Felipe Calderon, have compared the U.S. decision to construct an additional 700 miles of border fencing—authorized in October by a Senate bill signed by President George W. Bush—to the decision to build the Berlin Wall. Fox called the move an “embarrassment for the...
  • Hugo Chavez Lashes Out and Insults Mexico and Felipe Calderon

    02/04/2007 7:00:07 AM PST · by StJacques · 47 replies · 7,396+ views
    Mexico News ^ | February 2, 2007 | Mexico News Staff Article
    Chávez lashes out at Mexico On the same day the Calderón administration took steps to ease rocky relations with Venezuela and Cuba, Venezuela´s Hugo Chávez on Thursday hurled personal insults at his Mexican counterpart Wire reports El Universal Viernes 02 de febrero de 2007 On the same day the Calderón administration took steps to ease rocky relations with Venezuela and Cuba, Venezuela´s Hugo Chávez on Thursday hurled personal insults at his Mexican counterpart. Chávez´s ire was raised as he attacked Calderón for comments the latter made in Davos, Switzerland, last week criticizing countries that "nationalize industries" and "interfere in the...
  • Latin American Christian Democrats Call for Removal of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro (Translation)

    01/28/2007 4:42:57 PM PST · by StJacques · 39 replies · 770+ views
    La Crónica de Hoy ( Mexico City ) ^ | January 28, 2007 | Jose Contreras and Adolfo Sanchez Venegas ( translated by self )
    The Christian Democratic Organization of America warns about risks of Populism and calls upon related parties to work to remove rulers like Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro from power. By: Jose Contreras and Adolfo Sanchez Venegas Sunday 28 January 2007 | Hour of publication: 12:47 p.m. The Christian Democratic Organization of America (ODCA) will promote the transition to democracy in Cuba and the liberation of political prisoners and will strive for the recovery of those governments in Latin America which are in the hands of the Left, the President of the body, Manuel Espino Barrientos, indicated. In a press conference,...
  • Mexico's President Calderon urges country to move on to reform (Translation)

    01/17/2007 5:34:43 PM PST · by StJacques · 29 replies · 450+ views
    El Universal ( Mexico City ) ^ | January 17, 2007 | Roberto Rock ( translated by self )
    Caleron: tension was surpassed; reform is urgent He recognizes that narcotics trafficking gangs can put the state in danger Roberto Rock El Universal (Mexico City) Wednesday 17 January 2007 Institutions and the constitutional regime will surpass the challenge which the electoral crisis of last year signified, President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa assured today. For the first time since his arrival to the presidency, Calderon made an evaluation of the post-electoral situation which [the country] lived through in 2006: "It was a panorama of generalized anxiety. I saw the imperious necessity of assuming power with all its consequences, with control of the...
  • Mexico to widen new crackdown on drug crime

    01/02/2007 7:20:30 PM PST · by indcons · 4 replies · 247+ views
    Reuters AlertNet ^ | 03 Jan 2007 | Reuters
    MEXICO CITY, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon is extending an army crackdown on drug gangs in western Mexico across the country, in an attempt to halt gang violence in which 9,000 people have been killed in six years. Calderon, who was sworn in on Dec. 1 and immediately sent 7,000 troops to round up drug smugglers in his home state of Michoacan, has now sent another 3,300 soldiers to the crime-ridden northern border city of Tijuana. "We are going to intensify our head-on fight against crime and drug trafficking," Calderon said in a New Year's message on...
  • Lopez Obrador Rages in Mexico City at Yesterday's Decision of the Electoral Tribunal (Translation)

    09/06/2006 3:47:16 PM PDT · by StJacques · 48 replies · 1,370+ views
    eluniversal.com.mx ^ | September 6, 2006 | El Universal redaction ( translated by self )
    The 10 Points of AMLO's Message Redaction EL UNIVERSAL.com.mx El Universal Mexico City Wednesday 6 September 2006 After the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) gave its qualification of the presidential election and declared Felipe Calderon President-Elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in his informative session [said the following]: 1. He accused the magistrates of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation of submission, "they did not have the courage, the dignity, the pride, the arrogance to act as free men," in ratifying the triumph of the PAN candidate. 2. He stated that he...
  • Excerpts from Vicente Fox's Presidential Address Last Night (Translation)

    09/02/2006 1:55:31 PM PDT · by StJacques · 36 replies · 1,283+ views
    eluniversal.com.mx ^ | September 1, 2006 | Vicente Fox ( translated by self )
    Entire text of the message of President Fox to the nation Message of President Vicente Fox Quesada to the Nation on the occasion of his VI Government Report Mexican men and Mexican women: As President of the Republic, the Constitution obligates me to attend the Congress each year, to present before the Deputies and Senators, a report about the results of the management of the Federal Government. On this occasion, a group of legislators of the Party of the Democratic Revolution prevented the President of the Republic from being able to direct his message to the Congress and to the...
  • Mexican Left Vows to Prevent Mexico's Annual "State of the Union" Address

    08/31/2006 11:29:35 AM PDT · by StJacques · 110 replies · 2,436+ views
    The Herald (Mexico) ^ | August 31, 2006 | Jonathan Roeder
    PRD vows to block Informe BY JONATHAN ROEDER/THE HERALD MEXICO El Universal August 31, 2006 Though presidential spokesman Rubén Aguilar on Wednesday said he trusted that President Vicente Fox´s annual State of the Nation Address (Informe) will be received with respect by congressmen, a top official from the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) countered that "at least 10" ways of preventing the speech from being delivered were under consideration. Guadalupe Acosta Naranjo, the PRD´s secretary-general, said he and three other party leaders will decide "exactly two hours" before the event on Friday what action will be taken. "There will be no...
  • Mexico's Electoral Tribunal Finds No Evidence of Fraud (Says Mexican Left Made No Case)

    08/29/2006 4:22:03 PM PDT · by StJacques · 49 replies · 834+ views
    The Herald (Mexico Edition) ^ | August 29, 2006 | El Universal wire services
    Tribunal finds no evidence of fraud Wire services El Universal August 29, 2006 The nation's top electoral court announced Monday that a partial recount of the votes in the disputed presidential election found no evidence of widespread fraud, a ruling that placed conservative Felipe Calderón tantalizingly close to victory. In a 7-0 ruling, the Federal Electoral Tribunal said it had found only minor mathematical and administrative errors in the initial vote count of the July 2 election. The tribunal said Monday its recount subtracted just 4,183 votes from Calderón's margin of victory, reducing it to about 240,000 over left-leaning candidate...
  • Mexico's Conservative Near Win as Court Backs Vote (Tribunal rules on recount numbers)

    08/28/2006 4:17:37 PM PDT · by StJacques · 33 replies · 934+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 28, 2006 | Chris Aspin and Kieran Murray
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's top electoral court threw out leftists' allegations of massive fraud in last month's presidential election on Monday, handing almost certain victory to conservative candidate Felipe Calderon. The seven judges voted unanimously to reject most of the legal complaints by left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who said he was robbed of victory in the July 2 vote. His supporters have paralyzed Mexico City with protests this month and he has vowed to make Mexico ungovernable if the court declares Calderon the winner of the country's most bitterly contested election in modern history. The initial result...
  • Lopez Obrador claims his "convention" can legally name him President-Elect of Mexico (Translation)

    08/24/2006 4:47:57 PM PDT · by StJacques · 90 replies · 1,859+ views
    Le Monde ^ | August 24, 2006 | Jean-Michel Caroit ( translated by self )
    Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: "They are stealing the presidency from me" Which are the elements making it possible to establish that there was fraud at the time of the elections of July 2 in Mexico? For more than three years we were victims of a campaign of all the state apparatus with the active participation of the President of the Republic because we represent an alternative project. Our adversaries wanted to destroy us politically. They tried to discredit me with the help of videos, but it was demonstrated that it was the acting out of a plot of former...
  • South of the Border (Washington Times Rips AMLO)

    08/23/2006 7:39:04 PM PDT · by StJacques · 25 replies · 600+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 23, 2006 | Washington Times
    In the more than three weeks since the firebrand populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador began his protests in Mexico City to dispute the slim victory of his conservative rival Felipe Calderon in the July 2 presidential election, the Federal Electoral Tribunal has rejected a full recount and, after conducting a limited recount, found no evidence of fraud or serious irregularity. Mr. Lopez Obrador's opposition has become more vehement, however, most likely in anticipation of a final decision due from the Federal Electoral Institute on Sept. 6. The protests have caused problems for commuters and turned away tourists and visitors, costing...
  • (Mexico's Presidential Election) Recount sees minor tally errors on Day 1

    08/10/2006 1:00:36 PM PDT · by StJacques · 53 replies · 865+ views
    mexiconews.com.mx ^ | August 10, 2006 | El Universal wire services
    Election authorities on Wednesday began a court ordered partial recount of the July 2 presidential vote that revealed minor errors during the first day´s ballot reviews. Officials from the Federal Electoral Institute supervised by 192 federal judges began reviewing ballots from 9 percent of more than 130,000 polling places. The recount is part of the process for the court to settle challenges brought by second-place candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who claims fraud. The court-ordered recount will probably narrow Calderón´s margin of victory, said Chappell Lawson, a political science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Such an outcome could...
  • Mexican Tribunal Rules Against Lopez Obrador's Request for a Complete Recount (Translation)

    08/05/2006 11:44:03 AM PDT · by StJacques · 67 replies · 1,264+ views
    eluniversal.com.mx ^ | August 5, 2006 | Arturo Zárate & Jorge Herrera ( translated by self )
    TEPJF rules against vote by vote recount The Electoral Tribunal presented the legal-electoral obstacles that the For the Good of All coalition1 did not surpass to attempt a precinct by precinct, vote by vote recount. The Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) rejected this morning the aspiration of the For the Good of All coalition that they carry out a recount of all the votes of all the precincts set up for the presidential election of this past July 2. To the hope of leaving it to judge this aspect of the vote, the Secretary...
  • Mexico's Electoral Tribunal Will Decide Tomorrow Whether to Recount Votes (Translation)

    08/04/2006 12:58:13 PM PDT · by StJacques · 49 replies · 754+ views
    La Crónica de Hoy ^ | August 4, 2006 | Notimex ( translated by self )
    The TEPJF Decides Tomorrow if There Will Be a Recount of Votes The Superior Court of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF) will convene1 a public session at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, to resolve 175 received incident reports and will make a special pronouncement with reference to the challenges to the presidential election. The seven magistrates who make up the Superior Court should pronounce their decision with respect to the electoral packets2 to determine whether or not it will carry out a recount of votes of the presidential election of July 2. At 10:15 a.m....
  • A Commentary on the Christian Science Monitor's Reporting of the Mexican Post-Election Controversy

    07/27/2006 2:14:58 PM PDT · by StJacques · 5 replies · 751+ views
    July 27, 2006 | StJacques
    I am posting this independent blog for the benefit of my fellow Freepers who have been watching the post-election controversy in Mexico, following a ping I received from Freeper SAJ -- thanks again SAJ -- to another thread posted earlier today on a Christian Science Monitor article reporting the closure of a popular foklore festival in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca due to local political protests and relating the matter to the larger post-election controversy in Mexico. To get to the point of why I am posting this separate from that thread, beyond the mere length of what I...
  • AMLO ALERT! Mexican Leftist Coalition Threatens to Radicalize Protests (Translation)

    07/22/2006 3:49:29 PM PDT · by StJacques · 35 replies · 572+ views
    eluniversal.com.mx ^ | July 22, 2006 | Jorge Octavio Ochoa ( translated by self )
    Coalition threatens to harden protest mobilizations Fernández Norońa, spokesman for the For the Good of All Coalition,1 asserts that, if after the meeting of July 30th,2 the PAN Party continues to reject the opening of the electoral packets,3 the coalition will initiate "energetic radical actions." Gerardo Fernández Norońa, spokesman for the For the Good of All coalition, made known that after the protest meeting that will take place Sunday July 30th, "if the PAN Party continues to reject the opening of the packets, we are going to make important decisions for absolutely forceful and energetic radical actions that will not...
  • Actual Reuters Headline: 'Leftist Raises Hopes in Mexico's Forgotten Towns'

    07/02/2006 10:40:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies · 603+ views
    Reuters/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 2, 2006 With Mexicans going to the polls today to elect a new president, Reuters leaves little doubt as to who it's pulling for: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, of the Democratic Revolution Party The headline tells you all you need to know, but here are a few choice excerpts to flesh out the picture of an heroic 'leftist' bringing hope to the little people, versus the other major candidate, Felipe Calderon, who is given the shortest of shrift, merely being described once, and then only as a 'conservative.' Nuff said! "When the air reeks of sewage,...
  • Conservative leads Mexico polls

    05/03/2006 6:24:58 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 17 replies · 847+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 4 May 2006 | Kieran Murray
    MEXICO'S ruling party presidential candidate appears to be pulling away from his leftist rival after aggressive TV ads propelled his dramatic surge in an election race being fought on economic policies. A closely watched poll in the Reforma newspaper overnight showed Felipe Calderon, a conservative, with 40-per cent support among probable voters and his left-wing challenger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador trailing at 33 per cent. Mr Lopez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor who promises to put the poor first, had been Mexico's most popular politician for three years and was the clear election front-runner until last month. A Reforma...