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notamiss



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:09 pm    Post subject: Opinions on the new regime Reply with quote

John Ackerman (UNAM law professor and political commentator) is not as optimistic about the new regime as some other recent commentators.
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There has been a push in recent weeks to help Mexico overcome its "image problem" by overlooking news about drug violence, which has taken at least 60,000 lives over the past six years. Mexico, we are told, has become a model of successful economic development in Latin America. It supposedly has a burgeoning middle class, a well-established division of powers, and a free press. Meanwhile, Peņa Nieto is painted as a pragmatist who is interested in establishing a close relationship with the United States and wants to implement fiscal, labor, anti-corruption and energy reforms. Recent pieces by Andrew Selee from the Woodrow Wilson Institute, Peter Hakim from the Inter-American Dialogue, Shannon O'Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations and Jorge Casteņeda in Foreign Affairs capture this dominant position well, as well as Peņa Nieto's own article in The Washington Post.

According to this view, Mexico is supposedly moving in the right direction and the U.S. government, the media and civil society on both sides of the border should be patient with and support the country's new leader.

Such an approach is both wrong and dangerous.

The rest of the article: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/12/mexicos-new-president-is-off-to-a-troubling-start/266082/
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BadBeagleBad



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there are nuances of Mexican politics that are just not understood in the US. Or how stupid and incapable of running a country EPN really is. Or that the de facto president is Carlos Salinas, the biggest thief in the history of Mexico. I think it is going to be far worse than anyone can imagine. And his claim that he is going to reform labor laws - canīt decide if I want to laugh or cry.

Unrelated, but related in a way. The picture accompanying the article was about 4 blocks from where I live.
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Guy Courchesne



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mexico spent 12 years in fits and starts moving in the right direction...and I'm thinking a lot of what's happened legislatively and politically in those 12 years mean that Nieto cannot massively screw things up, at least not quickly. Congress is still fractured, so I'd watch how things align there on big issues.

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Otherwise, Mexico could follow the path of Egypt, where formally democratic elections have already given way to authoritarian politics under the leadership of Mohamed Morsi


Very poor comparison.
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Phil_K



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Or that the de facto president is Carlos Salinas


Interesting to see that the new Secretary of Tourism is a niece of Salinas! Jobs for the boys (girls)

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and a free press


If we take "press" to mean the wider communications media, is that why Pedro Ferriz de Con was removed from CadenaTres for speaking in contra of EPN.

I haven't seen anything yet that shows that NewPRI is any different to OldPRI.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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nd I'm thinking a lot of what's happened legislatively and politically in those 12 years mean that Nieto cannot massively screw things up


That sounds like strong leadership! Shocked We don't need a president who just "doesn't screw up"; we need a visionary who can actually make a difference!
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Guy Courchesne



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil_K wrote:
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nd I'm thinking a lot of what's happened legislatively and politically in those 12 years mean that Nieto cannot massively screw things up


That sounds like strong leadership! Shocked We don't need a president who just "doesn't screw up"; we need a visionary who can actually make a difference!


There's noooooobody I can name in Mexican politics who fits that description. Neither Fox nor Calderon were visionary...capable technocrats who chose the right people to manage affairs around them instead of friends/family, but not visionaries in any sense. I'd rather that type than an AMLO who you could say is visionary...but those types are often given to a bit self aggrandizement are they not?
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MotherF



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing notamiss.
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BadBeagleBad



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil_K wrote:
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nd I'm thinking a lot of what's happened legislatively and politically in those 12 years mean that Nieto cannot massively screw things up


That sounds like strong leadership! Shocked We don't need a president who just "doesn't screw up"; we need a visionary who can actually make a difference!


Well, that isnīt EPN, he barely has two brain cells to rub together. And seeing as how visionary is a four syllable word, I doubt if he even knows what it means.
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notamiss



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obvs, but the question is really what is the vision of those who are holding the strings of the puppet. I don’t think it likely that that vision goes beyond consolidating their position to avoid another slip out of power, to make the 2000–2012 period seem like a forgettable glitch.
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Prof.Gringo



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just hope Mexico improves over the next 6 years... Love or hate the PRI/EPN, Mexico needs some serious changes.

I hope the average Mexican can see a real improvement in life.

Best of luck amigos!
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MotherF



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Education Reform?

http://www.voxxi.com/pena-nieto-mexico-teachers-union/
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BadBeagleBad



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

notamiss wrote:
Obvs, but the question is really what is the vision of those who are holding the strings of the puppet. I don’t think it likely that that vision goes beyond consolidating their position to avoid another slip out of power, to make the 2000–2012 period seem like a forgettable glitch.


Well, if you were here during Carlos Salinasī first term, then his second term should pretty much follow the same pattern.....steal as much as possible, and help family members steal as much as possible as well......
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