Category Archives: Politics

Mexican Musings, Caribbean Winds and Border Destinies

As 2016 approaches a tumultuous end, possible changes in the U.S.-Mexico relationship are cooking. The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president, the apparent shelving of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership fervently supported by the Obama and Pena Nieto administrations and statements from north of the border of cancelling or renegotiating the North…
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The Race for the Mexican Presidency Begins

Special Report Amid the turmoil emanating from the U.S. election, Mexico is entering its own presidential transition period. Though political reforms have shortened the length of the formal campaigns (which don’t commence until early 2018 ), and placed some restrictions on media access by the political parties, for all intents and purposes the 2018 race…
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The Trump Effect on Mexico’s Political Scene

Like no other U.S. presidential election in modern times, the stunning victory of Donald Trump is shaking up Mexico’s political scene and shaping the ground for the country’s own presidential transition in 2018. Especially if the U.S. president-elect makes good on his promises to deport undocumented immigrants, build a bigger border wall and toss out…
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Chihuahua Political Leaders Charge Frame-up

The Chihuahua state government is pursuing legal charges against leading opposition political figures and social movement activists in connection with the June 22 disturbance at state government offices in Chihuahua City. Humberto Gonzalez Aguirre, state legal representative, filed criminal charges June 25 against National Action Party (PAN) state lawmakers Rogelio Loya Luna and Ana Lilia…
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Trump and Sanders Put New Mexico in the Political Spotlight

Editor’s Note: Today’s story is a first-hand account of the visits of Bernie Sanders and Donald  Trump to New Mexico in the run-up to the June 7 primary. It was written by FNS contributor Nicolás Cabrera. Nicolás graduated from New Mexico State University in 2015 with a master’s degree in Spanish. Trump and Sanders Put…
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Indigenous Community Police Bail out of Jail

After spending more than 32 months in jail, six members of an Indigenous community-based police force in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero bonded out of jail on Thursday, May 12. The six Mixtec men, members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC), were detained in an August 2013 operation spearheaded by the Mexican…
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The Political Weather Vane of May Day 2016

Celebrated as a holiday in Mexico, International Workers Day is a traditional time of official speeches and government-sanctioned parades bulging with workers marching to the beat of the pro-government Mexican Workers Confederation (CTM).  As an annual political ritual, official May Day provides a controlled channel for workers to air wage, shop floor and political grievances….
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Will the DOJ Investigate the Arizona Election?

Two petitions calling for a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation of the March 22 Arizona presidential primary election have gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures in the past few days. Though overshadowed by other stories in the mass media like ISIS, the Brussels bombings and the Trump-Cruz spectacle over wives and alleged affairs, the…
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The “N-Word” Sings Loudly in Chihuahua’s Explosive Election

The “N-Word” Sings Loudly in Chihuahua’s Explosive Elections With less than three months remaining before voters go to the polls in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua, the political thermometer is red hot.  A charged atmosphere pervades the political races for governor, state legislators, mayors and city council representatives, as mutual accusations of narco infiltration…
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Is a New Political Day Dawning in Ciudad Juarez

Is a New Political Day Dawning in Ciudad Juarez? A scan of recent developments might lead an observer to conclude that Ciudad Juarez, once monikered “Murder City,” is on the cusp of a new political era. Or is it? In another sign that the city is turning a historical page, the Mexican NGO Citizen Council…
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