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. Continue reading “Volume 3, No. 17: December 22, 1998”

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. Continue reading “Volume 3, No. 16: December 15, 1998”

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. Continue reading “Volume 3, No. 14: August 15, 1998”