Mexico on the Eve of AMLO – “So Far from God and So Close to the United States”

International capital is worried and the world is hopeful as Mexico is ready to buck an international right-wing tide, shifting its government from right to left-of-center with the presidential inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on December 1.

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The full quote by Porfirio Díaz is: “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.” Mexican President Díaz (1876-1880 and 1884-1911) got it at least half right. Mexico has suffered in the shadow of the Colossus of the North, but Mexico is not poor. Mexico is rich in many ways, yet it also has been impoverished. And Mexico has been

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Warnings Mount That Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 is Just Another ‘Corporate Giveaway’

Critics warn the new agreement would make it harder “to hold Big Oil and Gas accountable” while also threatening “efforts to protect consumers, workers, and the environment.”

Mexican activists carry signs that read in Spanish "Racism is not commerce," at a protest against the seventh round of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, renegotiations, in front of the foreign relations office in Mexico City, Feb. 27, 2018. Marco Ugarte | AP

Environmentalists on Monday slammed President Donald Trump's replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), with Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter warning that it "would enshrine and globalize Trump's deregulatory zealotry into a trade pact that would outlast the administration and imperil future efforts to

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Mexico’s Case Against NAFTA: An Economic and Environmental Wrecking Ball

If Trump were to be believed, Mexico somehow “won” with NAFTA. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, the country is still plagued by crime and full of people who risk leaving it for greener pastures.

Mexican activists carry signs that read in Spanish "Racism is not commerce," at a protest against the seventh round of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, renegotiations, in front of the foreign relations office in Mexico City, Feb. 27, 2018. Marco Ugarte | AP

MEXICO CITY -- There has been a lot of talk by President Donald Trump over the past two years about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and how it has hurt U.S. workers, but it is only reasonable to ask: What has it done to Mexico? During the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, a single issue united supporters of both Senator Bernie

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Trump Threats of WTO Pullout Spark Fear of “Law of the Jungle,” End to Neoliberal Globalization

The United States has employed the WTO as a means to establish its transnational corporations’ dominance in less-developed markets, using the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO to win far more trade disputes than any other country in the body.

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GENEVA -- President Donald Trump’s threat to the World Trade Organization (WTO) that a failure to treat the U.S. “properly” will mean “we will be doing something” has sent shockwaves rippling through Western capitals who fear that the “America First” agenda is increasingly leading to bruising fights with the other powers who comprise the

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Obrador Is on a Mission to Restore Mexico’s Sovereignty

For decades, the specter of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has haunted Mexico’s ruling elites. His triumph on Sunday could change the country’s domestic, regional, and international outlook, says Dan Steinbock.

International media touted the neoliberal reforms of President Enrique Peña Nieto for the past year or two. However, when the “reform” narrative proved hollow, Nieto’s approval rating plunged from almost 50 to barely 10 percent. So the establishment narrative changed: it shifted to a flawed portrayal of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as a Mexican Hugo

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What’s Behind the Central American Refugee Caravan Heading to the US Border?

While the Trump administration is busy blasting the incoming caravan, the US is actively supporting a budding Central American dictatorship that has sent thousands fleeing.

Central American migrants arrive to a sports center during the annual Migrant Stations of the Cross caravan or "Via crucis," organized by the "Pueblo Sin Fronteras" activist group, as the group makes a few-days stop in Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Monday, April 2, 2018. (AP/Felix Marquez)

On Saturday, March 31, President Donald Trump angrily tweeted that the Mexican government is laughing at the United States by doing nothing to stop Central American migrants from crossing Mexican territory to get to the U.S. He stated that this puts an end to all efforts to find a solution for DACA beneficiaries in the U.S. He also hinted that

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