A Mexican populist rises to face Trump’s America

2/16/2017 The Washington Post

Abel Flores, a 45-year-old day laborer, left central Mexico three decades ago and has not voted regularly in its elections. And yet, as the sun was setting on a recent evening, he was jammed with hundreds of Mexican Americans into a tree-shaded Los Angeles plaza to cheer on a rabble-rousing politician who could take Mexico in a very different direction.

“I don’t normally do this kind of thing,” Flores said, referring to the rally for Andrés Manuel López Obrador, widely known as AMLO. But the day laborer felt Mexico was threatened by President Trump, who has vowed to build a border wall and renegotiate the historic free-trade agreement with the United States.

“AMLO is the only person who can do anything to protect Mexico,” Flores declared.

The outrage in Mexico over Trump’s proposals has elevated a longtime politician who has unnerved the country’s business community with his nationalist views and leftist rhetoric. Political opponents have compared López Obrador with the late Hugo Chávez, a strongman who steered Venezuela toward socialism. While that may be an exaggeration, López Obrador, 63, can bring thousands into the streets on command. His critics worry that his penchant for stubborn resistance could provoke confrontation with the United States, while his fans see him as a defender of the common man.

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Safran Identity & Security to modernize Mexico’s multi-biometric identification system

12/21/2016 Nasdaq Global Newswire 

election's guide vote imageSafran Identity & Security has been awarded a five-year contract by the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) for its multi-biometric identification system and related services. With this new contract, INE confirms its trust in Safran to conform and update the Mexican national voter registry that enables fair and efficient elections.

As one of the world’s largest systems of its kind, the multi-biometric identification system ensures each voter has a unique identity by detecting false or double-identity cases in real time. It uses both fingerprint and facial recognition to help ensure that each Mexican citizen is registered only once in the national voter rolls.

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With an unfriendly neighbour, Mexico needs to strengthen itself

The Economist 11/26/16 

us mex flagALMOST 25 years ago a Mexican president, Carlos Salinas, took a historic decision. He decreed that his country’s future lay in setting aside its fear and resentment of its mighty neighbour to the north and embracing economic integration with the United States through the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The agreement underpinned the modernisation of part of Mexico’s economy. So the imminent arrival in the White House of Donald Trump, a critic of NAFTA who threatens to build a migrant-blocking wall between the two countries, looks like a disaster for Mexico.

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How a One-Time Political Star in Mexico Ended Up Campaigning for Clinton

11/6/16 The New Yorker

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Marcelo Ebrard

Marcelo Ebrard was the mayor of Mexico City from 2006 to 2012, the time when that city gained a reputation as a dynamic, sophisticated world capital, even while the country’s image as a place of dark and ever deepening crisis, corruption, and violence steadily worsened. He implemented numerous urban quality-of-life initiatives—a wildly popular bike-sharing program, an expansion of the rights of sexual minorities, a reduction of crime, and an attack on the air-pollution problem (an initiative in which the Clinton Foundation was involved).
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Mexico town women vote locally for first time

09/22/16 BBC News

Elections.JPGWomen in a community in southern Mexico have voted in local elections for the first time, after winning a three-year battle for the right to choose a mayor and councillors alongside their male relatives.

Women have had the vote in Mexican presidential, general and regional elections since 1953, but the persistence of traditional law in parts of Oaxaca state means many towns have men-only voter lists for local polls, El Universal newspaper reports.

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Mexico cannot work with ‘crazy guy’ Trump, says former Mexican president Fox

08/19/16 Vice News

Vicente_Fox_2Former president Vicente Fox has urged the current Mexican government to make it clear that a Donald Trump presidency would be unacceptable to Mexico.

“You cannot work with a crazy guy,” Fox said of the Republican presidential nominee.

In an interview at his ranch-turned-presidential library in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, Fox added that reasons of “political correctness” were not enough to persuade him of the need to “accept as my neighbor country’s president a crazy guy.”

The former leader’s comments directly challenged the recent softening of the current Mexican government’s tone on Trump.

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Short Sellers Pile Into Mexico as It Lands in U.S. Crossfire

08/01/16 Bloomberg

An exchange-traded fund focused on the Latin American nation’s shares has the most bearish bets of any country, while hedge funds including Finisterre Capital in London are pouring into credit-default insurance on Mexican bonds. Societe Generale SA projects the peso will keep underperforming emerging-market peers as the country comes under attack in one of the most rancorous U.S. election campaigns in memory.

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