AL DÍA: ¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 5/22/12

The Mexico Institute, AL DÍA: News and Analysis from the Mexico Institute, 5/22/12

Each morning, through the Mexico Portal feature, “¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día”, we will bring you an assortment of op-ed pieces from five major Mexican dailies: Reforma, El Universal, La Jornada, Excelsior and Milenio. Enjoy!

Cada día, por la entrada titulada, “¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día”, vamos a traerles un surtido de artículos de opinión de cinco periódicos populares de México: Reforma, El Universal, La Jornada, Excelsior y Milenio. ¡Que lo disfruten!


Templo Mayor: Manlio Fabio Beltrones wants to take charge in handling the PRI campaign with the youth; Enrique Peña Nieto canceled his participation in the Cumbre Ciudadana; Important PAN figures have been absent from public presentations of Josefina Vázquez Mota.

Federico Reyes Heroles, “De odios y votos”: How to distinguish between a healthy passion and one that is not? Reyes Heroles puts this into question in the context of the upcoming elections. He remembers how the 2000 election was marked by an unhealthy level of ant-PRI sentiment. Reyes Heroles calls for Mexico to learn the lesson and thus harvest votes instead of hatred.

El Universal

Bajo reserva, “AMLO y la confusa alerta en Ecatepec”: López Obrador rejected the offer from federal protection agencies to guard him during his campaign, given the incident of the armed man who approached López Obrador at a public presentation in Ecatepec; Army generals in Mexico and their contacts in Washington are discussing who else is in their black list of alleged criminals in the United States and Mexico; Director general of the IMSS, Daniel Karam, will give a presentation at the OECD in Paris on the results of the transparency program implemented by the Mexican institution.

La Jornada

Clase Política, Miguel Ángel Rivera, “Efectos de la sequía”: Governments of at least five states gathered to pressure the Calderón administration to grant them with the resources approved by Congress as post-drought assistance; The PRI denounced a negative campaign against their political party in social media circles; Enrique Peña Nieto summoned Mexicans from all political and social instances to come together in an open dialogue to discuss the building of a federal government; A PAN spokesperson commented on the possibility of having one of the presidential candidates in second or third place to decline in order to have a better chance to defeat Peña Nieto in the presidential race.


Jorge Fernández Menéndez, “Asesinos por naturaleza”: The detention of El Loco and El Chacho speak of the degree of moral deterioration that exists within Mexican criminal organizations.

Leo Zuckermann, “Un desastre la campaña de Josefina”: The political campaign of Josefina Vázquez Mota has been a disaster so far, and its electoral marketing is not working. There is not an effective message that synthesizes her political intentions. The phrase “diferente” is not clear in expressing that she is different from whom and why.


Trascendió: The cancellation of Enrique Peña Nieto as a participant of the Cumbre Ciudadana apparently has to do with allegations from his campaign team saying that they did not find the “necessary conditions” to deliver his presence; The person who led the presentation of López Obrador at Tlatelolco was reprimanded by the AMLO campaign team; The PGR sustains that there is nothing that will save the three generals and the lieutenant colonel from imprisonment.


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