In Mexico, the “war on drugs” was never about drugs at all, but about repressing social movements, smashing unions, and creating a shock-doctrine atmosphere for conservative governments to privatize pensions, health services, and the oil sector. The AMLO administration must dismantle the narco-state.
Kurt Hackbarth is a writer, playwright, freelance journalist, and the co-founder of the independent media project “MexElects.” He is currently co-authoring a book on the 2018 Mexican election.
It’s been a year since Andrés Manuel López Obrador took power in Mexico. Against the odds, his administration has won a host of important progressive victories. But it’ll need to do more to withstanding pressure from Washington and the more conservative parts of the MORENA coalition.
In attacking President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration over a recent botched raid on the Sinaloa Cartel, the Mexican right is cynically using a crisis of its own making in an attempt to destabilize AMLO, taking Mexico's people as hostages.
The AMLO government has made progress creating a more just Mexico. But it has more work to do when it comes to women’s rights.
American gun manufacturers are responsible for arming the El Paso shooter. They’re also responsible for arming the bloody drug war that's killing Mexicans by the thousands.
Trump is threatening a trade war if Mexico doesn’t fall in line with his depraved migrant policy. But a trade war might actually hurt the US more than Mexico. AMLO should call Trump's bluff and refuse to do his bidding.
Both Mexican and international elites want to scuttle AMLO's progressive agenda. He’ll only overcome their resistance with mass mobilization.
AMLO’s first one hundred days in office has shown what the Mexican left will need to do throughout his term: defend him against attacks from the Right, while building a movement to push him from the Left.
The Mexican and international right are united in their efforts to delegitimatize the AMLO presidency.
AMLO takes the reins of a traumatized Mexico. He'll be fighting for vital reforms, but much more is needed.