Al Gore said, in selling NAFTA, "We can create hundreds of thousands more [jobs]. We know this [free trade] works. If it doesn’t work, you know, we give six months’ notice and we’re out of it." ...more
I’m writing minutes after the victory of the Bernie Sanders of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez ...more
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, called by some as either Mexico's Bernie Sanders or by the right wing as the next ...more
Estoy escribiendo minutos después de la victoria del Bernie Sanders de México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Todos lo llaman, "AMLO". Esta es en realidad la reelección de AMLO: Él ganó la presidencia por primera vez en el 2006. Pero en aquel tiempo la ladróna, intrigante, manchada con sangre pandilla criminal que gobierna México ( y estoy siendo cortés) declaró al oponente disoluto de AMLO como el ganador. ...more
Estoy escribiendo minutos después de la victoria del Bernie Sanders de México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Todos lo llaman, "AMLO". Esta es en realidad la reelección de AMLO: Él ganó la presidencia por primera vez en el 2006. Pero en aquel tiempo la ladróna, intrigante, manchada con sangre pandilla criminal que gobierna México ( y estoy siendo cortés) declaró al oponente disoluto de AMLO como el ganador. Esta es la pesadilla de Trump. ...more
By Greg Palast
Monday, April 21, 2008
Psst! George Bush has a secret
While you Democrats are pounding each other to a pulp in Pennsylvania, the President has snuck back down to New Orleans for a meeting of the NAFTA Three: the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of Mexico.
You’re not supposed to know that – for two reasons:
The second reason Bush has kept this major summit a virtual secret is its real agenda – and the real agenda-makers. The names and faces of the guys who called the meeting must remain as far out of camera range as possible: The North American Competitiveness Council.
Never heard of The Council? Well, maybe you’ve heard of the counsellors: the chief executives of Wal-Mart, Chevron Oil, Lockheed-Martin and 27 other multinational masters of the corporate universe.
And why did the landlords of our continent order our presidents to a three-nation …more
The results may not seem so miraculous if you take a look at these voter sheets. This is from a district in Guanajuato, which shows that Calderon picked up 192 votes, but Obrador, the challenger, got only 12. And here's how this miraculous total can be explained. We were given a videotape of a poll worker, seen here stuffing ballots into the unguarded cardboard ballot box. Mexico has virtually zero ...more
Lopez Obrador is calling today for – beginning today for people to march from each of the 300 Mexican voting districts from around the country to the capital. There were a half-million people in the capital, as we showed in the film, on Saturday. So a couple million people are expected to arrive in the capital Saturday. This is going to continue on until at least the end of August, because they are demanding a recount of every single vote. Now, it's a simple paper ballot, which you can easily open up and look at. ...more
While much of the world believes Felipe Calderón has been officially declared Mexico's next President, it is not true. At least not yet.
(Mexico City) Last week the Electoral Commission, IFE, announced the results of a country-wide count of tally sheets - sheets that are attached to each ballot box - they found that Felipe Calderón (PAN) was ahead of López Obrador (PRD) by around 0.5%. To Calderón, there is no question that he is ...more
[Mexico City] There's more that the Mexico vote has in common with Florida besides the heat. The ruling party's hand-picked electoral commission counted a mere 243,000 votes more for their candidate, Felipe Calderón, over challenger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. That's noteworthy in light of the surprise showing of candidate Senor Blank-o (the 827,000 ballots supposedly left "blank").
We've seen Mr Blank-o do well before ...more
The official count of the ruling party is: 36.38% and 35.34% for the challenger.
Or, to put names and numbers to it: The Bush-o-philiac candidate, Felipe Calderón, collected 402,000 more votes than Bush-bashed Andrés Manuel López Obrador. But the big winner was Mr. Blank – the 827,000 ballots without a mark for president.
I smell something rotten... ...more
Three days following Mexico's election and the next president has yet to be decided
(Mexico City) Last night the Mexican Electoral Commission, IFE, announced the final results from PREP, the commission's Preliminary Election Results System. Felipe Calderon, the conservative candidate, is now leading by only 0.6% above Lopez Obrador, the left leaning candidate, but 2,581,226 ballots have yet to be counted.
The reason, according to IFE, these ballots have not been included is due to ...more
Dispatch from Mexico City
The election race south of the US border is officially too close to call. Now, where have we heard that before?
As in Florida in 2000, and as in Ohio in 2004, the exit polls show the voters voted for the progressive candidate. The race is "officially" too close to call. But they will call it - after they steal it.
Reuters reports that, as of 8pm eastern time, as voting concluded in Mexico, exit polls showed ...more
Mexico City. 2 July 2006.
PRD Press Center, Hotel Marquis, Mexico City. 6:48pm. Lopez Obrador has yet to make his appearance. The woman standing next to us quietly confides that she is hoping PAN will win. As she tells us this, a little boy stands in front of three cameras waving an AMLO doll. After hours of waiting, with no sign of the progressive candidate, we make our way through ...more
Mexico City. 1 July 2006.
As a gringo, the first thing you learn upon arriving in Mexico City is that you do not take unauthorized taxis. In 2003, Mexico had the second-highest number of kidnappings in the world, with some 3,000 reported cases. The second thing you learn is that all the studying in the world will give you at best a cursory understanding of this country's electoral politics. ...more