Despite the Trump Administration’s Declarations, There’s No Evidence Russia Is Interfering in Mexico’s Election

04/18/2018 Mother Jones

Election_MG_3455Roughly a year after Donald Trump’s upset White House victory, Shannon O’Neil, a Latin America expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote a column warning that Russia may not be done meddling in North America’s elections.

“If Russia truly wants to damage the U.S. and weaken the western world order, Mexico’s elections next year offer a more rewarding and more vulnerable target,” O’Neil warned in a November 2017 column titled “Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target.”

A month later, Trump’s then National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster seemingly confirmed O’Neil’s warnings. In a December 2017 speech, McMaster reeled off a list of places where the Russian government has been accused of electoral meddling—Catalonia, England, and France—before drawing attention to our southern neighbor.

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Inside the Campaign to Register Mexicans in the U.S. to Vote—in Mexico

04/12/2018 The New Yorker

guerrero electionCarolina, a fifty-four-year-old nurse from Puebla, Mexico, stopped thinking of herself as a voter when she became an immigrant. She has lived in the United States, without papers, for the past eighteen years, and during that time she hasn’t voted in a single election. In the U.S., she is not allowed to vote. In Mexico, she is—the country began allowing its citizens who live abroad to vote in 2006—but to register she needed to return home to fill out paperwork. Making the trip would have been too risky, given her legal status, and, until recently, she didn’t feel her vote mattered, anyway. “I never had any interest—in Mexico, there was no democracy to vote in,” she told me. In the late nineteen-nineties, before she left for the United States, her brother was killed by members of a drug cartel, and she and her family suspected that local officials were involved in his murder. “All the politicians in Mexico were the same,” she said. “What was the point of voting for any of them?”

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The Mexican indigenous community that ran politicians out of town

04/03/2018 The Guardian

michoacanenglishAll across Mexico, political billboards are springing up and candidates are hitting the streets, as campaigning starts for elections to pick a new president, renew the congress and replace hundreds of state and local officials.

Everywhere, that is, except for one small corner of the violent western state of Michoacán, which has found a simple solution to the vote-buying and patronage which plague Mexican democracy.

The indigenous Purépecha town of Cherán threw out all political parties after a popular uprising in 2011 – and it doesn’t want them back.

“The only thing the parties have done is divide us,” said Salvador Ceja, Cherán’s communal lands commissioner. “Not just here – in the entire country.”

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Mexico arrests 6 suspects in killing of journalist

03/28/2018 The Washington Post

Mexico CityMEXICO CITY — Six suspects have been arrested in the January killing of a journalist in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexican prosecutors said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, two former police officers were sentenced in the 2015 killing of another reporter in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The Jan. 13 stabbing of Carlos Dominguez Rodriguez may have been related to his journalistic work but was not related to organized crime, prosecutors in the northern state of Tamaulipas said.

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Mexico Must Take Action To Protect Its Democracy

07/21/2016 The Huffington Post 

pena nieto wefIn the shadow of the U.S. presidential elections, Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto returns to the White House this Friday to talk trade, immigration, and security with President Obama. The two met in Canada less than a month ago, but there is indeed much unfinished business.

First, Mexico must act now to implement promised labor law reforms that would strengthen the labor justice system and end the practice of employer-controlled “protection contracts.”

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Canada-Mexico Cooperation on Security and Defence

06/28/2016 Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

canadaPrime Minister Trudeau and President Peña Nieto have both underlined the importance of a renewed strategic partnership based on the principles of democracy, respect for the environment, improved economic opportunity, and respect for human rights.

In order to increase prosperity – and improve equality – for Canadians and Mexicans alike, both countries will work together to deepen cooperation to promote the safety and security of our people. This commitment focuses on all types of threats, including natural disasters, extreme weather events, crime, terrorism, and health-related problems.

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Infographic: Local Elections in 2015 in Mexico

During the 2015 elections in Mexico, 17 states will renew governorships, municipalities, and/or local congresses. Outcomes at the local level could change the political map of the country. This infographic illustrates the states that will hold local elections in 2015, as well as the type of election each will hold.

For more news and analysis on the 2015 midterm elections, check out the Mexico Institute’s 2015 Elections Guide: https://mexicoinstituteonelections2015.wordpress.com/

Local elections map

Click here to view the infographic.