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Volume 3, No. 18: December 25, 1998

THE DYNOSAURS ARE WINNING:

The strong showing of Manuel Bartlett, governor of Puebla state and close political ally of ex-interior minister Chuayffet, is the front runner for year 2000 presidential candidate in president Ernesto Zedillo's ruling PRI is but one of many signs that the liberal, technocratic wing of the party is losing its grip. (more…)

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Volume 3, No. 17: December 22, 1998

SOME CHARACTER SKETCHES: I thought you might like to meet some people that I met along the way...

EMANUELE is 27 years old, a university graduate (early childhood education) who has traveled abroad (including the U.S., where Diana met him a few years ago). His father is a doctor, retired by law at 70 so as to make room for new doctors. Doctors, as everyone else, are in over-supply in Italy. (more…)

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Volume 3, No. 16: December 15, 1998

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY ARE THE SAME: PAN,

the conservative opposition party, once again sold out to the ruling PRI at the last minute, abandoning a "steadfast" position opposing the government's bank bailout plan, for undisclosed concessions. Following a week of tumultuous sessions in the lower House of Delegates which included fist fights, and a last-minute invasion by the debtors group El Barzon who threw flour and rotten vegetables, the House passed the administration's plan with few changes, on a party-line vote. The left opposition PRD cried "foul", but to no avail. (more…)

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Volume 3, No. 14: August 15, 1998

PRI WON GOVERNORSHIP THE OLD FASHIONED WAY:

They stole it. At least, so the opposition claims, and with some justification. It seems that in the midst of the vote count, the election computer experienced a 40-minute "crash" of mysterious origin. This is highly reminiscent of the 1988 presidential election, when a similar computer outage robbed Cardenas of victory and put the now reviled Salinas in power for what turned out to be the biggest grab-session in Mexican history. (more…)

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Volume 3, No 12: June 15, 1998

REPORTERS AND PAYOFFS: MORE THAN ONE SIDE TO THIS STORY:

On June 5, Mexican president Zedillo awarded reporter Luis Rubio a prize for his work. Rubio, in response to this prestigious pomposity, treated the prez to a reality sandwich: he talked about how pandemic government bribery of journalists is. (more…)

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Volume 3, No 11: June 1, 1998

US INVADES MEXICO YET AGAIN:

Acting in secrecy, and without leave from the Mexican authorities, the US Justice Department organized a "sting" operation on Mexican soil which resulted in the exposure of at least 26 bankers and other Mexican officials for money laundering practices which are contrary to both Mexican and US laws. (more…)

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Volume 3, No. 10: May 15, 1998

DISSIDENT LABOR PRODUCES STRONG SHOWING IN MAY DAY DEMOS:

As the trumpeted "two million" attendees failed to materialize on May Day, dwindling to only "hundreds of thousands" according to most newspapers, the non-PRI unionists of the Independent labor movement sent a rocket to the traditionally pro-boss CTM. (more…)

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Volume 3, No. 9: May 1, 1998

CHIAPAS UPDATE: IT'S STARTING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE GUATEMALA:

Recent arrivals from Chiapas are bringing depressing news. Long term residents, some of whom have lived there as long as 30 years, are selling up and moving out. Business owners are closing their doors and starting over in other states. Between their neighbors and the Migra, life is a little tense. (more…)

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