Noted Journalist to Speak on Mexico’s Politics

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By Cliff DuRand

The Center for Global Justice brings back to San Miguel noted journalist Laura Carlsen to analyze the current political situation in México.

Based in México City, Carlsen’s Americas Program is a major source of news and commentary on México and Latin America for English readers (www.americas.org). Her print and broadcast reportage has been featured by Democracy Now!, Pacifica Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, the BBC, and CNN, and she is host of the weekly television show, Interviews from México.

México is headed into what may be one of its most tumultuous political campaigns in modern times. The July 1 national vote may prove to be a watershed election, with leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador challenging the two major neoliberal parties, PRI and PAN, for the Presidency. AMLO (he is often called by his initials) is leading in the opinion polls in spite of efforts to discredit him. There is considerable anxiety about the months ahead. Will it be a fair election? If AMLO wins, will he be able to take office? And if he does, will he be able to govern? And how will Trump respond to the prospect of a leftist government on the US’s southern border? How will Wall Street respond? These questions hang in the air.

Carlsen will address the uncertainty about NAFTA’s future, given that the country’s economy has become strongly oriented to exports and foreign investment and given increased violence under the US-Mexican drug war. With continuing widespread poverty, anemic economic growth, and a faltering global economy, what would political instability mean for México? And then there is the growing flood of deportees from the US, returning to a country with already high levels of unemployment.

Emigration has long been a safety valve for México, with 20% of its labor force working in the US.

As the saying goes, “Poor México, so far from God and so close to the United States.” [MA1]

 

Lecture

Center for Global Justice presents

The Current Political Situation in México

Laura Carlsen

Wed, Feb 21, 1pm

Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca

Reloj 50A

70 pesos

 


[MA1]Tania, I’d consider cutting this. It’s kind of random..

 

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