March 10, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - They elected a youthful president, a self-styled defender of democratic principles who promised to bring the country up to 21st century standards. But many Mexicans suspected that an old-fashioned dinosaur heart was beating beneath Enrique Peña Nieto's smartly tailored suits, an inheritance from his Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, whose top-down, quasi-authoritarian rule defined much of Mexico's 20th century history. On Sunday, after 100 days of living under Peña Nieto's rule, the Mexican people have a better idea of the ways in which their 46-year-old president, and his vintage political party, plan to manage the future of the United States' southern neighbor, a country rife with promise and peril.
August 10, 2003
Re Mexican migratory labor, the U.S. and Mexico have had it both ways for a long time ("Mexican ID a Veiled Bid for Amnesty," Commentary, Aug. 6). Mexico has availed itself of its neighbor's superior economy while evading responsibility for strengthening its own; whole sectors of the U.S. economy depend on this labor influx to keep wage costs down as government largely ignores the legal status of these immigrants. Edward J. Erler and Scot J. Zentner's concerns about security and the potential for abuse in the matricula consular program are well founded.
September 8, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Tens of thousands of Mexicans jammed the center of their capital city Sunday to protest President Enrique Peña Nieto's plan to allow foreign firms to invest in and collaborate with the state-run oil company, whose independence from outside influence has been a source of national pride for decades. The city government estimated that 44,000 people crowded downtown's Avenida Juarez to hear the anti-reform arguments of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the two-time presidential candidate and de facto leader of the Mexican left.
June 14, 2013 |
Journalist Alfredo Corchado has had a front seat to many of the most important events of recent Mexican history. In the 1980s he covered the protests in Northern Mexico that foreshadowed the end of one-party rule, and he was later a Mexico City correspondent for the Dallas Morning News. In 2000, he conducted the first interview with President-elect Vicente Fox, the opposition candidate who broke the ruling party's 71-year hold on power. And when Mexico's organized crime groups went on a killing spree in the first years of this century, Corchado was among a handful of U.S. reporters working high-level sources inside the U.S. and Mexican governments, trying to make sense of what was going on. Now Corchado has written a memoir based on his experiences: "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2000 |
"Take the gift, but vote as you please." That was the advice dispensed to the Mexican people by opposition party candidates in the campaign just ended, as well as by the head of the independent Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE. But the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, incessantly delivered a starkly different message: "We've helped you; now you help us!" Whose advice would the voters take?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1997 |
Scores of deaf Mexican nationals allegedly recruited to sell trinkets in New York City were probably smuggled into the United States via San Diego and then taken to Los Angeles before being transported east, according to federal authorities and court papers. In interviews with investigators, victims have described being recruited in Mexico, spirited across the border into Southern California and later taken on airplanes or buses to New York.