Neo Lopez Obradores are PAN & PRI drop outs who are boarding Andres Manuel’s ship

Neo Lopez Obradores are PAN & PRI drop outs who are boarding Andres Manuel’s ship

Feb 21, 2018

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA THE BAJA POST/EDITOR Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is sailing cool waters, maybe he won’t be a good candidate as some people think, but people is fed up with both PRI and PAN (political parties) and Mexicans feel that the only one who can win the presidential election this year is Mr. Lopez Obrador, so everyday more and more people from all political parties join what Mr. Lopez has called “Project of a Nation”. Esteban Moctezuma and Manuel Bartlett, notorious PRI characters, German Martinez Cazares who used to introduce himself as “the Electoral lawyer for Vicente Fox”, Napoleon Gomez Urrutia, former leader of the Miners Union who has been a runaway for years and lives exiled in Canada, Gabriela Cuevas another former PAN militant and many other different characters of all colors see in Mr. Lopez a winner to which they must bet, and they are doing so. Nevertheless many people question Mr. Lopez about his income source, the most logical thing is to think that he makes a living from the million pesos budget that is delivered to MORENA (his own political party) every year. Many people think he’s a dangerous person for Mexico and that Mexico would wound up as Venezuela even as preposterous as it may sound, but one thing that can’t be denied is his taste for the cult of personality. Due to the social and political paralysis and common places of predictable political campaigns such as José Meade’s acts and statements, and the PAN members massive drop out that some think has been propelled by Ricardo Anaya’s imposition as candidate, many politicians from PAN and PRI have chosen to join the one who they feel might be able to win the election, an heterogeneous mix of political currents and ideologies, that may even become the real coalition government that Dante Delgado (Citizen’s Movement party) talks about. But there is another probability, in case Lopez won the election in July, some or all of this opportunists might be left aside from the new President’s...

Nestora Salgado, from convicted kidnapper to Senate Candidate

Nestora Salgado, from convicted kidnapper to Senate Candidate

Feb 21, 2018

When Mexican leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would give amnesty to criminals, many people thought it was just a campaign strategy. But the reality is that he’s already begun not only to give them amnesty, but to make them part of his den, such is the case of Nestora Salgado, who will be running for senator representing MORENA (Obrador’s political party), in this year’s election. Nestora was the coordinator of the community police in the town of Olinala, Guerrero, and was accused of having participated in at least 48 kidnappings, including those of four teenagers of 11, 12, 13 and 17 years of age, and was imprisoned for these crimes in the high security detention facility of Tepic, Nayarit. Salgado was detained on August 2013 for kidnapping and organized crime, and was released on March 2016, allegedly for lack of evidence (after almost three years in jail). And now, Nestora Salgado is looking to become one of Guerrero’s representatives in the upper house. According to www.razon.com.mx, in one of the recordings filed in the trial against Nestora Salgado, her voice can be heard threatening the father of a kidnapped girl: “This is Comandante Nestora Salgado speaking, I´m calling to tell you that in return for your daughter’s freedom you have to give me the amount of five thousand pesos. So, as soon as you hand me the money,  you get your daughter María back”. María’s father, a humble farmer of Olinala, did not have the $5,000 pesos to pay the ransom for his daughter, who was abducted at borad daylight by the then community police commander Nestora Salgado and her men. Salgado retained Maria because her family refused to “cooperate” with money to buy weapons for the community police. During her retention (according to her own testimony), Maria was awakened every day at 5 in the morning with a bucket of cold water, and taken out to work on the field all day. María declared that she was kept locked up in a construction site adapted as a prison, which they called “Paradise”, in the municipality of Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero. According to www.razon.com.mx, all these evidences are registered in...

Mexico 2018: Absurd and preposterous promises of three ambitious politicians

Mexico 2018: Absurd and preposterous promises of three ambitious politicians

Feb 20, 2018

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA THE BAJA POST/EDITOR National Registration for the Necessities of Each Person, a salary for each Mexican only for being Mexican, give 3 thousand 300 pesos a month for each NINI (young people who don’t study or work) a fast-track train from Cancun to Palenque, universal pensions for older senior citizens in Mexico, these are only some of the promises that the three presidential candidates with real chances to win the 2018 election are making Mexicans. Incoherence is the common point among José Meade and Ricardo Anaya, and it doesn’t allow them to see that people, regardless if they are good or bad candidates, are fed up with Mexico’s political system, so there are many Mexicans who will vote for Lopez Obrador only because they don’t want any more Blue (PAN) or Red (PRI) and that opens the doors to Andres Manuel so he may become President at last after trying two times in 2006 and 2012 Presidential elections. It seems pathetic and sad, Jose and Ricardo don’t seem to see Reality, and it doesn’t do them any good, they are making promises and illogical propositions, maybe due to desperation to keep the power as if they hadn’t been an authoritarian tyrant for about 75 years (PRI) or to come back to it (PAN) after twelve years doing nothing to maintain the power and having fallen to a shameful 3rd place electoral preferences of Mexicans. Nevertheless, the fact that Lopez Obrador is an alternative that many Mexicans see as the real opposition, doesn’t mean that he could be up to the people’s expectations in case he won the Presidential Election 2018, besides that many militants from all the parties and tendencies are joining him, and if he won the election there could be a riot among all those politicians joining him just to get to the power....

One thousand buildings destroyed or damaged in Oaxaca after Feb. 16 earthquake

One thousand buildings destroyed or damaged in Oaxaca after Feb. 16 earthquake

Feb 20, 2018

After walking the streets of the community of Pinotepa Nacional, in the southern state of Oaxaca, and the epicenter of the 7.2 earthquake which shook Mexico last Friday Feb. 16, Governor, Alejandro Murat, claimed a preliminary survey has thus far reported 1,000 damaged buildings. Joined by the Minister of Social Development, Eviel Pérez, Murat stated damages have also been reported in 44 municipalities of Oaxaca; for this reason, his administration has requested the Disaster Declaration to the Ministry of the Interior, agency which will assess the extent of the damage to determine the corresponding compensation. Classes at public and private institutions have been suspended at the disaster area until the damage survey is concluded, according to Murat. The Governor also said he has issued the order to the Civil Protection Coordination of Oaxaca to coordinate the reconstruction of homes and school buildings, and the implementation of temporary attention centers so citizens can file their reports before the proper authorities. No fatal victims have been reported, according to the information shared by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on his Tweeter account: “So far, the National Emergency Committee hasn’t reported any fatal victim of the quake.” said Peña on Twitter. Source: El...

National Indigenous Congress presidential candidate injured in BCS highway accident

National Indigenous Congress presidential candidate injured in BCS highway accident

Feb 17, 2018

Indigenous presidential candidate María de Jesús Patricio was among eight people injured in a motor vehicle accident on Wednesday Feb. 14, that left one person dead. Patricio, commonly known as Marichuy, was traveling with 10 campaign workers in a van on the transpeninsular highway in Mulegé, Baja California Sur, when it left the road and overturned.   María de Jesús Patricio Martínez (also known as Marichuy), is a Mexican Nahua indigenous person, traditional medicine healer and human rights activist, that decided to run for the presidency as an independent candidate, representing the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) in the 2018 general election. The candidate suffered a fractured arm and a head injury and was flown to a hospital in La Paz for treatment. Eloísa Vega, a state representative on the council that is coordinating Patricio’s campaign, was killed in the crash, which occurred between San Ignacio and Vizcaíno. Patricio had met earlier in the day with professors and students at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur and was en route to Baja California. With just four days to go until the deadline for independent candidates to collect the requisite number of signatures from supporters, Patricio is not likely to get her name on the ballot. As of Tuesday Feb. 13, she had collected just 241,000 of the 866,000 she needs. But on Wednesday Feb. 14,  she told her audience at the university that the indigenous community would win regardless of the election result, because her campaign had met its objective to raise awareness of the problems facing Mexico’s indigenous people. An outpouring of support via Twitter followed Patricio’s accident. President Enrique Peña Nieto was joined by several presidential candidates in wishing her well....

U.S. breaks ground on new Mexico embassy

U.S. breaks ground on new Mexico embassy

Feb 15, 2018

The United States broke ground on a new $943 million embassy in Mexico City on Tuesday February 13, a move hailed by officials from both countries as a win for diplomacy after months of tension over President Donald Trump’s plan to build a tall border wall. Officials gathered for a ceremony to mark the start of construction for the sprawling embassy, which is nestled close to the headquarters of Mexico’s richest man, Carlos Slim, and scheduled for completion in 2022. At the groundbreaking, U.S. Ambassador Roberta Jacobson underscored the importance of the bilateral relationship. “Mexico is one of the United States’ closest and most valued partners,” she said. Alabama’s Caddell Construction Co is handling construction. It was one of six firms that presented the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency with a prototype for Trump’s proposed border wall on the Mexican border. Trump’s rhetoric and policies have strained relations between the two countries. Trump has used the contentious issue of whether to shield from deportation young immigrants known as “Dreamers,” including hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, as a bargaining chip to get funding for the wall project. The influential Mexican newspaper Reforma incorrectly reported last year that the new embassy project had been put on hold indefinitely. Though the March story turned out be wrong, it was indicative of the tense atmosphere surrounding Trump’s early months in office. U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta S. Jacobson (3rd R) and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera (2nd R) attend a ceremony to place the first stone of the new U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico February 13, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido) Trump has threatened to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a lynchpin of Mexico’s economy, if he cannot rework it to better benefit American workers and interests. The uncertainty around the future of the $1.2 trillion trade deal has rattled markets and spooked investors. At the ground-breaking ceremony, Slim said he had not seen investment affected. “Investment is continuing. Look at all this. There is no better sign,” he told Reuters, pointing at the construction site. The work on the new diplomatic headquarters in Mexico City comes in the wake of Trump...