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What the U.S. Media Didn't Tell You
By Alan Breslauer on 10/21/2006 10:35am PT  

Guest Blogged by Alan Breslauer

mexico vote graph

With the US election looming, Kenneth Anderson revisits the recent Mexican presidential election for the November/December issue of The Humanist (go directly to PDF).

Today It's The Seattle Times, with Ruben Navarrette Jr on Lead Pitchfork
... if you'll pardon the mixed metaphor ...
By Winter Patriot on 9/6/2006 11:20am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

In today's episode, Ruben Navarrette Jr brings a new depth of meaning to the "Op" part of his job as a writer of "Op/Ed" pieces.

Navarette writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune but he's also a syndicated Op/Ed writer and fortunately I found him in the Seattle Times, where he was saying:

Reason loses out in Mexico

Quite a headline, don't you think? That's the hook. Wonder what's inside? Come along with me!

--- Click here for REST OF STORY!... ---

Jeremy Schwartz of Cox News wields a mean pitchfork in today's Miami Herald
Calderon Declared 'President-Elect' ... Obrador Declared 'Marginal' ... We Report, but They Decide??
By Winter Patriot on 9/5/2006 11:08am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

I've been finding most of my internet-related news stories through Google News lately, and for the past 19 hours I've been wondering what story would succeed the death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin at the top of the charts... Now, suddenly, the wait is over.

From Will Weissert at ABC News: Calderon Named Mexico's Next President-Elect

MEXICO CITY Sep 5, 2006 (AP)— Felipe Calderon became president-elect of Mexico on Tuesday, two months after disputed elections, when the nation's top electoral court voted unanimously to reject allegations of fraud and certify his narrow victory.

And --- coincidentally? --- look at what else has floated to the top of the charts: a monstrous smear piece from our "old friends" at Cox News, in the person of Jeremy Schwartz this time.

From the Miami Herald: López Obrador's support dwindling : Mexico is starting to turn its back on Andrés Manuel López Obrador because of his refusal to concede defeat in the disputed presidential election.

MEXICO CITY - In the days after ballot results showed him losing an agonizingly close presidential election, candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador was in fine form, leading the largest rallies Mexico has ever seen and convincing most Mexicans of the need for a recount.

Six weeks later, the Mexican public has largely turned its back on the charismatic leftist, who has been transformed into a marginal figure --- to a degree even within his own party.

If the July 2 election were held now, conservative Felipe Calderón would trounce López Obrador by 24 percentage points, a recent newspaper poll showed.

Some analysts say the former Mexico City mayor has done irreparable harm to his political career by sowing unrest and refusing to accept the constitutional rules for resolving the close election.

We'll have to wait and see about that...

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Looking South: Organized and Passionate Activism
By Michael Collins on 9/3/2006 10:56pm PT  

Guest blogged by Michael Collins

Andres Manuel

It is a pleasure to be here at The BRAD BLOG. Many thanks to Brad Friedman, Paul Lehto, Winter Patriot, and Emily Levy, to name those I know, for their show of courage, intelligence, and patriotism in the California 50th Congressional District recount case. Sunshine is a great tonic.

Why does Mexico matter?

Mexico matters because the people and leaders knew election problems were coming and they did something about it. They protested in massive numbers, again and again. The Mexican people are offering the largest resistance to election fraud in modern history. Think of the demonstrations in the Ukraine, Belarus, the Georgia Republic, or any other post election protest. Over a period of 15 days, there were three Assemblies sponsored by Lopez-Obrador and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). These demonstrations attract over a million people (in a nation of 100 million). The corporate media tried to downplay the crowd size with Bloomberg News failing to mention a 1.1 million estimate it got on July 16 from police authorities. These are vibrant, involved people who work with their leaders, particularly Presidential candidate Lopez-Obrador, to develop plans and fend off attacks by the ruling party.

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Police Barricades are Up; Shock Troops and Attack Dogs in Place; Obrador Supporters Ready to March
UPDATE! Pro-Obrador Legislators Have Prevented Fox From Speaking! Details below...
By Winter Patriot on 9/1/2006 1:36pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

The time has come for Mexican President Vincente Fox to deliver his State of the Nation speech, but he may not be able to reach the Congress!

The American media seem to have noticed this story all of a sudden --- because of the threat of large-scale violence?

Here's AP reporter Julie Watson at
Protesters Threaten to Stop Fox Speech

Riot police, attack dogs and towering steel barriers sealed off Mexico's congress for miles in every direction Friday as protesters threatened to stop President Vicente Fox from delivering his state-of-the-nation address.
Leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has called on his supporters to gather in Mexico City's main plaza before the congressional session for a rally that some fear could turn a mostly peaceful civil resistance movement violent.

Lopez Obrador — who portrays himself as a champion of the poor — blames dirty tricks by the president for an official count showing him 0.6 percent behind the business-friendly National Action candidate, Felipe Calderon.

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Obrador vows to continue fighting
By Winter Patriot on 8/28/2006 10:13pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

We have two news articles and some analysis from Mexico:

BBC: Mexico court rejects fraud claim

Mexico's top electoral court has rejected claims July's presidential election was riddled with fraud.

The court decided not to order a full recount of votes from the disputed election, as demanded by leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Mr Lopez Obrador, who claims his narrow election defeat was rigged, has vowed to continue fighting the result.

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'what we have now is a low-intensity dirty war'
By Winter Patriot on 8/13/2006 1:40am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

As always, the news you get depends on where you go looking.

Here's some from the BBC: Violence flares in south Mexico

11 August 2006: Gunmen have fired on striking teachers marching through the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca, killing one man.

Protesters responded by setting fire to a house where the gunmen fled. They blamed Governor Ulises Ruiz for the attack, a charge his office rejected.
Mr Ruiz is accused of rigging the 2004 election to gain office and of using force to suppress dissent.

No kidding? Rigging the 2004 election to gain office? Who could imagine such a thing?

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No business as usual in Mexico City --- until the votes are counted!
“For the good of all, the poor first”
By Winter Patriot on 8/10/2006 8:20pm PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

Mexican sit-ins demand vote recount

Throughout Mexico, the movement for social justice continues to take to the streets to press its demands.

Supporters of presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador took over tollbooths throughout Mexico City on Aug. 8, preventing federal officials from charging tolls on the highways into the city, and blockaded the agricultural ministry, preventing employees from entering. (Reuters)

The actions were in response to a court ruling that dismissed a full recount of ballots from the July 2 presidential election, in which what appears to be massive fraud led to the victory of the big-business candidate Felipe Calderón over López Obrador by a margin of less than one percentage point.

Protesters have occupied the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s main thoroughfare, for nearly five miles since July 30. The 47 encampments have stalled traffic along a street containing government offices, the U.S. Embassy and luxury downtown hotels, with business in the area claiming losses of millions of dollars. They have also blocked the entrance to Mexico’s stock market.

Please read more.

Could something like this happen here?

Only if YOU want it badly enough!

Trade Union Leaders Say Government Diverted $227 Million From Educational Programs To Finance Calderon's Campaign
PLUS: An update from the protest in Mexico City
By Winter Patriot on 8/7/2006 11:33pm PT  

We almost missed this report from Prensa Latina, exposing claims of yet another way to "game" an election:

Mexico, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) Independent trade union leaders have denounced an alleged fraud in the July 2 elections orchestrated by the president of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), Elba Esther Gordillo.

The leaders of the National Coordinate of Education Workers (CNTE) assert that the government of President Vicente Fox diverted funds from social programs to be handled by Gordillo for election ends.

Artemio Ortiz told a news conference in the western state of Michoacan that the funds amount to more than 227 million dollars, which were initially allocated to educational programs.

Ortiz added that the money was used to finance the New Alliance Party of grassroots educators, to support the official presidential candidate, Felipe Calderon, and to set up a network of representatives at the polling stations.

What will they think of next?

And how long will it take before we start seeing this sort of thing here?

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Washington traffic moving normally
By Winter Patriot on 8/1/2006 5:00am PT  

Guest blogged by Winter Patriot

In my frozen heart of hearts I have been wanting to blog about Mexico for a long time now; at this point it's getting ridiculous that I haven't done so already. I don't have a lot of time but I can give you some links and some quotes and some photos. Special thanks to the San Jose Mercury News and Kevin Diaz of McClatchy Newspapers. (The Mercury News asks you to register before you can read news on their website; it's free! and well worth it, IMO.)

July 31: Protesters set up camp, show support for López Obrador

Thousands of protesters set up barricades along Mexico City's central thoroughfare Sunday night hours after the largest demonstration in Mexico's history filled the main square in support of leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador's election challenge.

Police made no effort to intervene as the protesters set up tents and blocked traffic, apparently in response to López Obrador's call for the establishment of 47 "permanent assemblies"' to press his claims of fraud in the July 2 elections. López Obrador lost the vote to conservative Felipe Calderón by less than 1 percent of 41 million ballots cast.

Protesters at one of the barricades on the Paseo de la Reforma said they would remain there until a federal tribunal hearing López Obrador's challenge orders a recount of every ballot.

The street action comes amid mounting tensions in the post-election dispute and was the first sign that López Obrador's supporters intended to take their protests beyond organized mass rallies.

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