The Mexican president has systematically discredited journalists and media outlets. He is powerful and popular but he is not untouchable.
Mexico is an extremely dangerous country. The main challenge facing Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexicos new president, is to stop the killing of so many of the nations citizens. Unfortunately, nothing has changed so far.
More than 30 million Mexicans voted for a change in the last election, and that’s exactly what they got.
Juan Guaidó is really shaking things up in Venezuela. Twenty years after the Bolivarian revolution was begun under Hugo Chávez, Guaidó, the 35-year-old opposition politician, has finally forced the government of Nicolás Maduro to play defense.
Nicolás Maduro’s lack of legitimacy lies at the very heart of the Venezuelan crisis. Why isn’t he the rightful president of the country? Well, for starters, the two elections he won (in 2013 and 2018) were fraudulent. On top of that, he has “killed hundreds of young people in the streets,” according to his former intelligence chief, Hugo Carvajal, and has used repression to crush his people and hold on to power. It’s no wonder Venezuelans call him “the usurper.”
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.
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 dead can’t be hidden. They can’t be erased. Somebody knew them. They leave behind a void, photographs, memories. They can even come back to haunt us.