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Nations in Crisis: Mexico
Articles on Mexico published before 2022


  • (december 2022) Nations in Crisis: Mexico
    Mexico is now run by Andres Obrador, which many Mexicans consider a left-wing version of Donald Trump, and a sort of Chavez 2.0 trying to undermine the democratic institutions of Mexico and to bring back the semi-dictatorship of the 1970s, except from a left-wing perspective. However, he recently declared that he has no intention of running again for president in 2024. He enjoys a high popularity rating thanks to a spartan lifestyle (he refuses to live in the presidential palace and wants to sell the presidential airplane). Obrador promised to end Mexico’s war on drugs, which was started by Felipe Calderon in 2010 and, besides failing to stem the violence of the drug cartels, has resulted in human rights abuses (notoriously, the massacre of 47 people in 2018 in Nuevo Laredo, and the massacre of 43 students in 2014 in Ayotzinapa by cartel Guerreros Unidos, for which not a single person has ever been arrested). There is also widespread collusion between the police, the army, the politicians and the cartels. In 2013 the New York Times obtained recordings related to the 2014 massacre that prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the police and the army were bribed by the cartels and actively collaborated in the massacre. Not much has changed though. More than 34,000 homicides were recorded in 2021, and some of these are committed by the newly created National Guard and by the armed forces (SEDENA). In 2021 police and army killed and burned 19 Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Mexican migrants in Tamaulipas state. Obrador promised a more peaceful strategy but his strategy doesn't seem all that different from Calderon's strategy, and in any case it has utterly failed to dismantle organized criminal networks. The drug cartels are estimated to control almost a third of Mexico. Some fear that Obrador has de facto capitulated to the drug cartels, especially after Obrador's government in 2020 quickly freed a corrupt general, Salvador Cienfuegos, who had been arrested in California and extradited to Mexico. This will affect the whole of Central America because the cartels have expanded their operations to Guatemala, Honduras and San Salvador. In 2021 the brother of the president of Honduras was sentenced to jail in the USA for drug trafficking.

    The USA won't admit it, but the "drug war" is largely caused by the USA: the USA is the main buyer of drugs and the USA is the main seller of weapons. Money flows from the USA to the cartels to purchase cocaine and then from the cartels back to the USA to purchase guns. The cartels get both money and guns from the USA, and it's hard to find a more lucrative business in those countries.

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Mexico is now run by Andres Obrador, which many Mexicans consider a left-wing version of Donald Trump, and a sort of Chavez 2.0 trying to undermine the democratic institutions of Mexico and to bring back the semi-dictatorship of the 1970s, except from a left-wing perspective. However, he recently declared that he has no intention of running again for president in 2024. He enjoys a high popularity rating thanks to a spartan lifestyle (he refuses to live in the presidential palace and wants to sell the presidential airplane). Obrador promised to end Mexico’s war on drugs, which was started by Felipe Calderon in 2010 and, besides failing to stem the violence of the drug cartels, has resulted in human rights abuses (notoriously, the massacre of 47 people in 2018 in Nuevo Laredo). Not much has changed though. More than 34,000 homicides were recorded in 2021, and some of these are committed by the newly created National Guard and by the armed forces (SEDENA). In 2021 police and army killed and burned 19 Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Mexican migrants in Tamaulipas state. Obrador promised a more peaceful strategy but his strategy doesn't seem all that different from Calderon's strategy, and in any case it has utterly failed to dismantle organized criminal networks. The drug cartels are estimated to control almost a third of Mexico. Some fear that Obrador has de facto capitulated to the drug cartels, especially after Obrador's government in 2020 quickly freed a corrupt general, Salvador Cienfuegos, who had been arrested in California and extradited to Mexico. This will affect the whole of Central America because the cartels have expanded their operations to Guatemala, Honduras and San Salvador. In 2021 the brother of the president of Honduras was sentenced to jail in the USA for drug trafficking.

The USA won't admit it, but the "drug war" is largely caused by the USA: the USA is the main buyer of drugs and the USA is the main seller of weapons. Money flows from the USA to the cartels to purchase cocaine and then from the cartels back to the USA to purchase guns. The cartels get both money and guns from the USA, and it's hard to find a more lucrative business in those countries.

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