Volume 1, No. 16: December 15, 1996

ELECTION LOSSES AND DEFECTIONS ROCK PRI; MAJOR SHAKEUPS FOLLOW:

Heavy losses in the recent elections in the states of Guerrero, Mexico and Hidalgo have shaken the administration of president Ernesto Zedillo and his party, the PRI. Seen as a warmup for the upcoming 1997 election of a mayor in Mexico City– the first one: until now this office has been filled by presidential appointment — the victories of opposition PAN and PRD candidates at the municipal and state legislative levels are taken as the worst of signs for the PRI’s future. Continue reading “Volume 1, No. 16: December 15, 1996”

Volume 1, No. 15: November 15, 1996

EPR USED AS PRETEXT FOR MASSIVE REPRESSION IN SOUTHERN MEXICO:

Since the June 28 anniversary of the massacre of a group of peaceful camposinos on their way to a demonstration against clear-cut logging of virgin forest in Guerrero, the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) has attacked various police and army installations with astonishing effect. The attacks have occurred in most of the southern states, but have been concentrated in Guerrero, Oaxaca, and the state of Mexico. Continue reading “Volume 1, No. 15: November 15, 1996”

Volume 1, No. 13: October 1, 1996

PRI’S 17TH PLATFORM CONFERENCE ENDS IN CONFUSED SHAMBLES:

Last week, the ruling PRI met in plenary session to draw its’ party platform for the year 2000. Battle lines were quickly drawn between two “lines” of political thought: “social liberalism” and “revolutionary nationalism”. The first is a catch-phrase for the program of every Mexican president since de la Madrid: privatization of basic industries, neglect of domestic production sectors in favor of hard-currency foreign investment, and tightening of social safety net programs to meet the demands of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Continue reading “Volume 1, No. 13: October 1, 1996”

Volume 1, No. 12: September 15, 1996

“BORDERING ON CHAOS”: READ IT, BUT BE A SKEPTIC

Andres Oppenheimer, a Central America hand reporting for the Miami Herald, has put out a very interesting book on the roots — and likely outcome — of the current economic and social crisis in Mexico. His “insider” (he has personal relationships with several of the big players in the ruling party) accounts of the secret meetings and Byzantine plots that characterize the crumbling oligarchy are fascinating. His politics, however, sucks. Continue reading “Volume 1, No. 12: September 15, 1996”

Volume 1, No. 10: August 1, 1996

BRIGHT PREDICTIONS ARE BELIED BY GRIM REALITIES IN MEXICAN ECONOMY:

Despite the rah-rah razzmatazz published every day on the front page of the “News In English From Mexico City”, the “booster” paper for the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, there is much disquieting news leaking out around the edges. Acting as a counterpoint to upbeat announcements of peso and economic stabilization and growth, fed constantly to the tame media by the Zedillo administration, are scores of articles in other Mexican newspapers, most notably La Jornada and The Mexico City Times, and the magazines Proceso and Tiempo. Here are but a few: Continue reading “Volume 1, No. 10: August 1, 1996”

Volume 1, No. 9: July 15, 1996

NEWS FLASH: LOPEZ OBRADOR ELECTED LEADER OF PRD BY A SWEEPING MARGIN:

On Sunday, members of the PRD went to the polls to participate in the first ever open ballot election in the history of the party, and predictions as of this morning are that Manuel Lopez Obradór, the firebrand leader of the party in Tabasco, where he personally led demonstrations blockading entrances to storage facilities belonging to PEMEX, the nation’s petroleum monopoly will finish with more than 75% of the vote. Lopez’ victory will be seen as a victory for party founder Cuáuhtemoc Cárdenas, over outgoing president Muñoz Ledo. It will also mean that the PRD will resume the more combative stance that it took previous to the stolen 1988 election for president of the Republic, and eschew Muñoz’ more conciliatory, “get along” brand of dealing with the PRI. Continue reading “Volume 1, No. 9: July 15, 1996”

Volume 1, No. 8: July 1, 1996

AS WE GO TO PRESS: SECOND FRONT OR RED HERRING IN GUERRERO?

On Friday, June 28th, about a hundred masked, uniformed self-proclaimed guerrillas marched out of the jungle near Aguas Blancas, Guerrero, and interrupted a memorial commemoration being conducted by the PRD and the Frente Amplio para la Construccion del Movimiento de Liberacion (Extensive Front for the Construction of a Liberation Movement): FAC-MLN, a civil resistance organization. Continue reading “Volume 1, No. 8: July 1, 1996”

Volume 1, No. 7: May 2, 1996

THE END IS NEAR FOR THE OLD SALINISTA POWER BLOC

This is almost certainly an overstatement, but it contains enough truth to be explored further. You may remember that in a previous newsletter, I talked about the emerging “troika” of nuestro (our) Ernesto; the Minister of Defense, General Enrique Cervantes; and Interior Minister Emilio Chuayffet. Well, it appears that I may have stumbled on to something. Continue reading “Volume 1, No. 7: May 2, 1996”