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Mexico Elections: Detestable Green Party Reflects Mexico’s Weak Democracy

By Mexico Voices, 04/13/15

This was a column originally published in Reforma: Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez – Translated by Mexico Voices

Some say that Flaubert’s letters were his masterpiece. More than his novels, writing comes alive in his letters; you can see critical spark, irony and venom. In one of them I find he confesses his deep antipathy for political parties.

“I have no sympathy for any political party, rather, I hate them all, because I believe they are all equally limited, false, puerile, employees of the ephemeral, without a joint vision and without ever rising beyond what is helpful. I hate all forms of despotism. I am a rabid liberal.”

It is gratifying to transcribe these words. Make them my own as I rewrite them. Detestable parties: snakes, deceitful, short sighted, trivial parties. But not all parties are equally detestable. In today’s Mexico there is one that stands above the rest, more loathsome and odious than the rest. To me, the Green Party [Green Ecologist Party of Mexico, PVEM], is, as Jorge Alcocer [Mexican economist and political activist], called it, a despicable party.

I am not alone in my dislike. This will be the umpteenth article published in recent weeks expressing disgust against the policies of this organization determined to circumvent the law and corrupt democracy. There are voices calling for the cancellation of its registration. All that’s left is to expel it from the competition, they say.

If this party infuriates so many it’s, in all honesty, because it represents not only a particularly abhorrent side of Mexican politics, but also because it has found, in the national mess, clues to a noticeable efficacy. Faced with the general discrediting of politics and the pluralist regime itself, the Green Party leaders have designed a communication strategy that works. Yes, it’s illegal. Yes, it’s grossly demagogic. But it seems, so far, successful. I have no doubt that the Green Party threatens Mexico’s precarious democratic system from within. It does so because it projects daily the shamelessness of impunity. Or, rather, the rationality of abuse.

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The Big-Money Scandal Rocking Mexico

By León Krauze, 03/24/15 on The Daily Beast

The sacking of journalist Carmen Aristegui raises serious questions about President Peña Nieto’s commitment to press freedom -after she raised serious questions about him.

MEXICO CITY — Carmen Aristegui, a feisty and popular Mexican radio host, published the kind of story every journalist dreams of last November. Aristegui revealed that Enrique Peña Nieto, the president of Mexico, and his wife, the actress Angélica Rivera, own an immense mansion in one of Mexico City’s most expensive neighborhoods.

The aptly dubbed “white house” is impressive: marble floors, a spa area, adjustable lighting in fancy hues (take a look: it’s called “Casa La Palma.” Built by renowned architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés, the place has been valued at around $7 million, a heavy burden on anyone’s finances, let alone Peña Nieto’s, who has worked in the public sector most of his life, or Rivera, a successful soap opera star but no Sofia Vergara.

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Mexico: Electoral Frustrations

By Mexico Voices, 04/07/15

This was a column originally published in Reforma: Roger Bartra* – Translated by Mexico Voices

The elections tend to be a reason for frustration for those who believe that in Mexico there is an unhappy and displeased majority that has to express its dissatisfaction through a system that only benefits the elite. They believe there are only two Mexicos: the one of the aggrieved persons and the one of the conformists; the one of the attacked persons and the one of those who are pleased.

With this logic, it is hard to understand why the parties who defend the system and the existing order win, while the “revolutionary” and nonconformist options do not advance in the electoral arena and remain minority options. If you think that the political system is a ship without a mast drifting along aimlessly towards probable shipwreck, what is the point of going to vote? If the elections supposedly only exist to support the politicians who oppose reforms that benefit the complaining people, what do we want democracy for?

Why do the “people” not go out and support the political organizations that fight on their behalf? The frustrations would be less serious if those living in displeasure understood that the political reality cannot be understood in extreme terms: not everything is black or white, there are nuances and shades that cannot be reduced to the idea that the country is divided between the conformists and the dissatisfied.

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