Tag Archives: Latin America

Mexico | MEXICO JULY 1 ELECTIONS: Organize to Defend the Will of the People and Impose Democracy

(Editorial of the June 2018 issue of Transición newspaper, published by CORCI-México)

After the second presidential debate [on May 20 in Tijuana], it is clear that Andrés Manuel López Obrador (or AMLO, as he is commonly known) will receive the overwhelming vote of the Mexican workers and people. According to the polls, the massive AMLO vote is also likely to be transferred to Congress, where it is estimated that his coalition “Together We Will Make History” will obtain between 236 and 298 of the 500 contested Assembly seats, and between 51 and 128 of the contested Senate seats.

Ecuador’s Ex-President Rafael Correa Denounces Treatment of Julian Assange as “Torture”

by Glenn Greenwald

Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, in an exclusive interview with The Intercept on Wednesday morning, denounced his country’s current government for blocking Julian Assange from receiving visitors in its embassy in London as a form of “torture” and a violation of Ecuador’s duties to protect Assange’s safety and well-being. Correa said this took place in the context of Ecuador no longer maintaining “normal sovereign relations with the American government — just submission.”

USA | All Bets Are Off in Mexico’s Upcoming Presidential Election

By ALAN BENJAMIN

Julio Hernández López, more widely known as Astillero, published an insightful column in the April 30 issue of La Jornada, Mexico’s large-circulation left-liberal newspaper.

Astillero writes that Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is running for president for a third time, has been backtracking on key programmatic points that had earned him wide popular support in previous elections. AMLO’s goal, Astillero writes, is to convince the elites in Mexico that he will not rock the boat and will govern from the center — pledges which may be futile because most of the elites don’t believe him anyway.

Cuba’s Diaz-Canel receives Maduro in first act as president

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Saturday in his first official act as the country’s leader.

Maduro is the first president to visit Diaz-Canel since he was selected by outgoing President Raul Castro to lead the island’s government earlier this week.

Colombia: Another Social Leader Killed, 4th of 2018

A total of 213 social leaders and human rights defenders have been murdered in Colombia since January 2017 to date

Colombian social leader Francisco Zabala was reportedly killed in Antioquia by gunmen.