Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexicos new president, has gotten off to a fast start. This is a dramatic change from past administrations, but its no surprise, given that AMLO, as he is known, has been waiting for over 12 years for this moment. Now that hes in power, López Obrador hasnt hesitated to shake things up.
Time, or rather a lack of it, had always been the problem. The director Alfonso Cuarón wanted to make another film with Emmanuel Lubeski, the celebrated cinematographer and a close friend of his, known as El Chivo, but they wanted to do it at their own pace.
If Mexico were a dictatorship, where pundits were killed, dissenters were jailed as political prisoners, people were tortured, the press was censored and political opponents were crushed, my hope would be that other countries around the world stand up and defend the Mexican people.
This may seem like a riddle. One, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is a left-wing Latin American president, while the other, Donald Trump, is the far-right president of the United States.
Being a journalist is a true privilege. In one week alone you can see the best and worst of a nation, as I did recently during a trip to Guadalajara, Tijuana and Mexico City. What began as a celebration of books ended with a reminder that deep inequality endures in Mexico.
The new Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is under no illusions when it comes to President Donald Trump and race. He told me so in 2017 during an interview. This means that the honeymoon between AMLO, as López Obrador is known, and Trump might be a short one.
President Enrique Peña Nieto’s tenure is coming to an end in Mexico, and he leaves a trail of the dead behind. He has certainly been the worst president in Mexico’s modern history, a statement that I base on data: Under Peña Nieto, more Mexicans were killed than under any other recent administration.
The blood was still on the ground. On the evening of Oct. 2, 1968, the administration of Mexican President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz orchestrated a massacre of student protesters in Mexico City’s Tlatelolco Square. Hundreds — we will never know exactly how many — were gunned down by the army and the police.
If there is one thing that Mexicans know for sure, it’s that Andrés Manuel López Obrador doesn’t back down. His supporters admire his determination; his enemies disparage his stubbornness.
The presidents of Mexico and the United States must think that everyone is ignorant, or that we don’t read the news. They also seem to think that if they keep repeating their lies over and over again, we will just start to believe them.