Mexico

Massive student protests hit Mexico City universities

By Don Knowland, 11 September 2018

Students denounced attacks by violent right-wing student shock groups directed by politicians and authorities.

Trade tensions increase as US-Canada talks miss deadline

By Nick Beams, 1 September 2018

Trump warned that if Canada did not agree to US terms “the easiest thing we can do is tariff their cars coming in,” a threat which he repeated in remarks yesterday.

The assault on immigrants becomes the assault on citizens

US citizens along southern border denied passports, accused of fraudulent birth certificates

By Renae Cassimeda, 1 September 2018

American citizens born in the Southwestern border regions are being accused of having fraudulent birth certificates and denied passports.

US-Mexico trade pact takes aim at Washington’s rivals and the working class

By Keith Jones, 29 August 2018

Trump’s push to refashion the Canada-US economic and military partnership to better serve Washington and Wall Street has thrown the Canadian ruling elite into a historic crisis.

On eve of strike deadline for 9,000 VW workers

Mexican farmers blame Volkswagen for drought near assembly plant

By Alex González, 18 August 2018

To guarantee their demands for high wages and fully funded social services, autoworkers and farmers are each other’s most natural allies.

Mexican president-elect promises one-time electricity debt forgiveness

By Alex González, 7 August 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised limited relief to a single state while seeking to hide the appointment of a figure who helped carry out fraud in the 1988 presidential elections.

Mexico: Goodyear fires workers for forming independent union

By Alex González, 21 July 2018

About 50 workers were fired in retaliation for a strike action that took place in April against the company’s “protection union” contract.

Mexican president-elect assembles right-wing cabinet

By Alex González, 14 July 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador has selected establishment figures to reassure the ruling elite that their interests will be defended.

Mexican president-elect López Obrador embraced by Mexico’s business titans

By Don Knowland, 6 July 2018

Now that AMLO has won the election, he and Mexico’s most powerful business heads are going out of their way to promise they will work together for the “greater good.”

US ruling class takes measure of AMLO’s victory in Mexico

By Bill Van Auken, 4 July 2018

All three major US newspapers “of record” responded with the same fear, not of López Obrador, but rather of the tens of millions of Mexicans who voted for him.

Mexico’s election deals devastating blow to old ruling parties

By Don Knowland, 3 July 2018

The sweep by López Obrador and his MORENA-led coalition is a debacle for the PRI, which governed the country from 1929 to 2000, and again for the last six years.

Massive victory for Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexican elections

By Rafael Azul, 2 July 2018

The large support for AMLO and his Morena party is the product of widespread hostility to poverty, inequality, corruption and the militarization of society.

An interview with Mexican documentarian Juan Francisco Urrusti, director of In Exile: A Family Film

“The world should not be closing itself in—my father’s struggle was against all walls.”

By Kevin Mitchell, 2 July 2018

The WSWS spoke recently with the director of In Exile: A Family Film, a film about the Spanish Civil War and its consequences.

The elections in Mexico and the political tasks of the working class

By Bill Van Auken, 30 June 2018

The coming to power of López Obrador will yield not a way out of the current crisis, but rather its sharp intensification.

Lopez Obrador maintains large lead in Mexican presidential election polls

By Don Knowland, 27 June 2018

Morena and its coalition could sweep Congress, and threaten the continued viability of other parties.

Mexican teachers union ends “indefinite strike” of 80,000 teachers on the eve of national elections

By Alex González, 27 June 2018

The teachers struck as part of a continuing struggle for the repeal of the 2013 national education legislation.

Parents of 43 disappeared Mexican students demand reopening of investigation

By Rafael Azul, 12 June 2018

A panel of judges found that the original investigation of the Ayotzinapa case was incomplete and fraudulent.

Mexico responds to Trump’s trade war measures with tariffs on US goods

By Rafael Azul, 9 June 2018

Retaliating against US steel and aluminum import tariffs, the government of Mexico imposed tariffs on 71 products exported by the United States.

Mexican presidential candidate López Obrador reaches understanding with business magnates

By Don Knowland, 8 June 2018

After months of charges and countercharges, the overwhelming favorite to win the Mexican presidential election and the representatives of big business declared a truce.

So far from God, so close to the United States…

The second Mexican presidential debate and the crisis of bourgeois rule

By Rafael Azul, 24 May 2018

This second debate indicates, more clearly than the first, that there is nothing here for Mexican workers.

Over 100,000 teachers march in Mexico, warn of “indefinite strike”

By Alex González, 21 May 2018

Spanning from the Yucatan peninsula to northern Mexico, the protests represent another expression of the international struggle by teachers in 2018.

Strike breaks out at Goodyear factory in central Mexico

By Alex González, 9 May 2018

About 600 workers went on strike to demand the right to form their own union.

Mexican ruling class working out response to López Obrador’s lead in election polls

By Don Knowland, 7 May 2018

Heated charges and political maneuvers dominated Mexico’s electoral campaign last week as the “left” bourgeois candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador kept a 20 point lead in the polls.

First presidential debate

Mexican presidential candidates call for increased police and military activity

By Rafael Azul and Don Knowland, 3 May 2018

The debate took place in the wake of the grisly killing of three film students by gang members in Jalisco.

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 2

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 1 May 2018

The US military-intelligence apparatus is integrating the largest technology and Internet companies to tighten the US stranglehold over Latin America.

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 1

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 28 April 2018

The United States is now engaged in advanced efforts to exploit data on every voter in the country, as well as user data from Google and the social media companies, to influence the elections of its southern neighbor.

Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border

By Michael Anders, 18 April 2018

The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.

Ahead of Mexican elections, social media companies, corporate press launch censorship operation

By Alex González, 5 April 2018

The #Verificado2018 campaign was launched to allegedly protect voters from Russian meddling in the upcoming July 1 general elections.

Mexico’s leading presidential candidates genuflect before bankers

By Don Knowland, 13 March 2018

Supposedly left populist candidate López Obrador assured bankers he will not undermine their interests if elected.

Nissan layoffs impact 550 workers at Cuernavaca, Mexico assembly plant

By Alex González, 12 March 2018

The layoffs will have a ripple effect through the area, affecting the region’s production of tires, auto parts, and transportation of finished cars.

Transnational beer corporation creates water crisis in northern Mexico

By Alex González, 10 March 2018

Constellation Brands set up beer manufacturing plants in drought-prone cities and is threatening the region with a water crisis.

Mexico: The most dangerous country for journalists outside of war zones

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 6 March 2018

The growing number of disappearances and targeted killings of journalists has made Mexico the most dangerous country for the press outside of war-torn areas

Presidential frontrunner López Obrador backs off threat to undo Mexican oil privatization

By Don Knowland, 2 March 2018

It is now clear that AMLO’s past campaigns against opening up Mexico’s oil industry to foreign interests were little more than political showboating.

Mexican election season begins

Part Two: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s bankrupt third run for Mexican president

By Don Knowland, 22 February 2018

In 2018, Andres Manuel López Obrador is running the most right-wing, nationalist and explicitly anti-socialist of any of his three campaigns for the Mexican Presidency.

Mexican election season begins

Part One: Corrupt major parties struggle for legitimacy in 2018 Mexican election

By Don Knowland, 21 February 2018

Amid the growth of social opposition, the widely-hated traditional parties in Mexico are increasingly reliant on eclectic electoral alliances.

APTIV autoworkers in northern Mexico are close to a strike

By Alex González, 8 February 2018

More than 4,000 autoworkers are fighting for a better salary and working conditions.

Demands for US intervention against “Russian meddling” in Mexico’s presidential election

By Alex González, 2 February 2018

Russia is accused of using social media to help “left” presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Asia-Pacific trade bloc reshaped, without the US

By Mike Head, 25 January 2018

The “TPP 11” announcement points to the increasing isolation of the US, and the escalating tensions between the rival capitalist powers.

Diego Rivera in the Soviet Union: An exhibition in Mexico City

By Alex González, 12 January 2018

The current show in Mexico City focuses on Rivera’s two visits to the USSR in 1927-28 and in 1955-56. It contains many remarkable items.

Up to three times more immigrants die crossing US-Mexico border than previously reported

By Trévon Austin, 28 December 2017

A USA Today investigation reveals that up to 27,000 may have died in the desert between the US and Mexico over the past 20 years.

Mexico’s Interior Security Law: The ruling class prepares for mass uprisings

By Alex González, 11 December 2017

The Interior Security Law is being advanced to crack down on protests and to prepare for possible military intervention in next year’s presidential elections.

Trump denounces acquittal of California immigrant

By David Brown, 4 December 2017

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder in a case Trump had made central to his anti-immigrant presidential campaign.

Union thugs kill two striking mineworkers in Mexico

By Alex González, 27 November 2017

Around 800 mineworkers refused to be a part of the CTM, arguing that it “does not defend our rights and betrays us, offends us, assaults us, and threatens us.”

Thousands continue to suffer in the wake of Mexico’s earthquakes

By Don Knowland, 18 October 2017

The September earthquakes revealed the criminality of the Mexican oligarchy and make a mockery of the president's paean to national solidarity.

Trump threatens to jettison NAFTA, as trade disputes intensify

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 13 October 2017

The collapse of NAFTA would mark a new stage in the eruption of 1930s-style “beggar they neighbor” trade conflicts.

As CAMI strike continues, Unifor sheds crocodile tears for Mexican workers

By Carl Bronski, 5 October 2017

Dias does not explain how his supposed concern for the plight of Mexican workers squares with the union’s demand that GM lay off workers in Mexico before any workers at CAMI.

Binational workers speak out during the San Diego-Tijuana border closure

By Norisa Diaz, 28 September 2017

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at the US/Mexico border during the closure last weekend of the busiest border crossing in the world.

Death toll in Mexico City earthquake reaches 286

By Don Knowland, 23 September 2017

As in the hugely inadequate response of the US government to the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida, most rescue and aid efforts after the Mexican quake fell to working class volunteers.

Death toll rises in Mexico City earthquake

By Alex González, 21 September 2017

The working class has mobilized to lead rescue efforts through its own self-sacrifice and solidarity.

Working men have no country

Interviews from the San Diego/Tijuana San Ysidro border crossing as closure looms

By Norisa Diaz, 21 September 2017

The WSWS recently spoke to workers who cross the US/Mexico border daily or weekly, which bisects all aspects of their social life.

More than 140 dead and counting as a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocks Mexico City

By Andrea Lobo, 20 September 2017

Less than two weeks after an earthquake killed 99 people in southern Mexico, another quake has left widespread death and destruction in the continent's largest metropolis.

Mexico earthquake death toll climbs to 98

By Andrea Lobo, 18 September 2017

This historic event has exposed conditions of staggering inequality, deteriorated social infrastructure and corrupt negligence on the part of the ruling elites.

Strong earthquake shakes Mexico and Central America, killing at least 61

By Rafael Azul, 9 September 2017

By far the most damage was concentrated in Juchitan de Zaragoza, a city of more than one hundred thousand, the third largest in the state of Oaxaca.

What is behind the 57-hour San Diego/Tijuana border closure and renovation?

By Norisa Diaz, 6 September 2017

The expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing is not to improve the lives of working people, but to allow for the more efficient exploitation of their labor by multinational corporations.

Ten percent of Mexican families earn two thirds of country’s income

By Alex González, 23 August 2017

The study lays bare the degree to which financial corporations, many from the US, dominate every aspect of life in Latin America.

Trump administration stakes out hardline trade position as NAFTA talks begin

By Roger Jordan, 19 August 2017

Washington is seeking to refashion the agreement as a template to pursue Trump’s economic nationalist “America first” agenda against its chief rivals, China and Germany.

“The rich have all the resources and the money but still so many are struggling”

Leader of group of deported US veterans in Mexico speaks out

By Norisa Diaz and Renae Cassimeda, 18 July 2017

Thousands of veterans have been deported following minor crimes often linked to trauma incurred during their military service.

Mexican government uses malware to spy on journalists and political opponents

By Alex González, 5 July 2017

The software collects all communications of a targeted phone if the recipient opens a malicious link sent via text message.

Reports of fraud continue in State of Mexico gubernatorial election

By Alex González, 14 June 2017

Allegations of vote buying, illegal campaign spending, and inconsistencies tallying up the vote cast doubt on the PRI’s narrow victory.

Mexican ruling party narrowly wins major state election

By Alex González, 7 June 2017

The PRI narrowly defeated its “left” challenger in a race widely seen as a prelude to next year’s presidential election.

Washington seeks greater crackdown on the Central American working class

By Andrea Lobo, 12 May 2017

The US secretary of Homeland Security outlined a Central America policy focusing on deterring migration and militarizing the region in preparation for social upheavals and war.

Ten dead in confrontation between civilians and the military in Puebla, Mexico

By Alex González, 11 May 2017

Over 500 civilians blocked a major highway to protest a military intervention over alleged oil theft in Puebla, Mexico.

May Day 2017

The fight for socialist internationalism in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017

The overall impact of Castroism, and, even more decisively, that of the revisionist tendencies which promoted it, was to hold back the socialist revolution.

Trump steps up trade war over NAFTA

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2017

The Trump administration has signalled that it will take an aggressive economic nationalist stance in negotiations on NAFTA after making moves to withdraw altogether.

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910–1950—a significant exhibition

By Gary Alvernia, 28 April 2017

The radicalization of Mexican artists led to the creation of powerful and engaging works that expressed the faith of the artistic community in the revolution of the masses.

Mexican president calls criticism of military “inadmissible and unacceptable” in speech before 32,000 soldiers

By Alex Gonzalez, 6 April 2017

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto adressed an audience of 32,000 members of the Armed Forces to condemn criticisms of the military.

Mexican government to vote on law expanding domestic military operations, authorizing mass spying

By Alex Gonzalez, 11 March 2017

The Interior Security Law will legalize the military’s role in domestic security operations and set the framework for mass spying on the Mexican population.

Mexican presidential candidate López Obrador campaigns on both sides of the border

By Don Knowland, 7 March 2017

Despite AMLO’s populist garb, his speeches and program reveal a right-wing, nationalist program that represents the upper middle class rather than the Mexican masses.

Amid Mexico talks, Trump calls deportations a “military operation”

By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2017

The president’s provocative statement came as his secretaries of State and Homeland Security were in Mexico attempting to secure the collaboration of the Peña Nieto government.

Man deported from US jumps to death at Mexican border crossing

By Toby Reese, 24 February 2017

Guadalupe Olivas Valencia was deported for a third time after attempting to cross back into the US, where he had previously worked.

Report reveals widespread torture of minors in Mexican prisons

By Alex Gonzalez, 15 February 2017

In Mexico, 57 percent of adolescents in prison are tortured, according to a report released by the National Center for Human Rights.

In face of US threats, Mexican president calls for “national unity”

By Clodomiro Puentes, 14 February 2017

Peña Nieto’s appeal has been echoed by everyone from billionaire Carlos Slim to the pseudo-left groups orbiting the Morena party.

Trump threatens to send US troops to Mexico in conversation with Peña Nieto

By Clodomiro Puentes, 4 February 2017

The US head of state threatened to send US troops south of the border because of the Mexican military’s supposed reluctance in prosecuting a bloody “war on drugs.”

Protests in Mexico continue against gas price hike, water privatization

By Clodomiro Puentes, 31 January 2017

Protests against the Mexican government continue under conditions of rising inflation and increasing concern over the impact of the Trump presidency in the US.

Trump repeats ultimatums to Mexico after call with Peña Nieto

By Eric London, 28 January 2017

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto asked Trump “not to publicly discuss” paying for the border wall during a phone call yesterday.

Breakdown in Mexico-US relations as Trump threatens trade war

By Eric London, 27 January 2017

The Trump administration floated the threat of a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports after President Peña Nieto cancelled his US visit over demands Mexico pay for the border wall.

Mexican government in deep crisis in wake of mass protests

By Don Knowland, 21 January 2017

The recent unrest in Mexico and a nosedive in its president’s approval rating have led to a deepening governmental crisis.

The Mexican pseudo-left and the anti-gasolinazo protests

By Eric London, 14 January 2017

The MTS is appealing to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s nationalist and pro-capitalist Morena to lead opposition to the gasolinazo subsidy cuts.

Mexican protests continue as consumer prices rise

By Rafael Azul, 12 January 2017

Sections of the Mexican ruling class are posturing as opponents of the gasolinazo subsidy cut.

Mexican government, trade unions mobilize against protests to pave the way for Trump

By Rafael Azul and Eric London, 10 January 2017

In response to mass demonstrations against gasoline subsidy cuts, the government and trade unions are policing popular anger in order to lay out the welcome mat for Trump.

Four dead, 1,000 arrested as demonstrations continue across Mexico

By Eric London, 7 January 2017

With the police cracking down on demonstrations, the trade unions and bourgeois “left” are struggling to contain the growing protest movement.

Strikes spread in Mexico, thousands of police deployed to capital

By Neil Hardt, 6 January 2017

The trade unions and the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) are being mobilized to strangle the growing movement against cuts in gas subsidies.

Protests against gas price hikes spread across Mexico

By Eric London, 5 January 2017

The Mexican government’s decision to cut gas subsidies has provoked widespread demonstrations, road blockades and gas station occupations, sparking fears within the ruling class of a social explosion.

Massive explosion kills 31, injures scores at fireworks market in Mexico

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 December 2016

A massive chain-reaction explosion erupted at one of the largest fireworks markets in the country in Tultepec, just north of the capital.

Following Trump election, Mexico begins to move towards deepening ties with China

By Clodomiro Puentes, 16 December 2016

In the weeks following the election of Donald Trump, the Mexican ruling class is preparing for an unfavorable turn in trade relations with the US along with increased social unrest.

After Trump victory: Mexican peso plummets amid ruling class unease

By Clodomiro Puentes, 18 November 2016

The election of Trump and his stated positions on immigration and foreign trade have created a mood of unease in Mexican ruling circles.

Mexican defense secretary calls for more troops, greater powers in waging “war on drugs”

By Kevin Martinez, 31 October 2016

General Salvador Cienfuegos says the army is worn down after a decade of fighting drug cartels, but has asked for the military to be expanded and take an even greater role.

Mexican and US autoworkers face Ford plant shutdowns

By Marc Wells, 28 October 2016

Ford is suspending production in the US and Mexico in the face of declining sales.

Two years since the kidnapping of the 43 Ayotzinapa students in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 26 September 2016

Two years after the disappearance of the teaching students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, the Peña Nieto administration continues to shield the real culprits.

Trump outlines ten-point plan for mass deportations and martial law

By Eric London, 2 September 2016

In his anti-immigrant speech in Phoenix, Arizona, the Republican candidate laid out a plan to deport millions of undocumented workers using violent police state methods.

Mexican government prepares crackdown against striking teachers

By Clodomiro Puentes, 1 September 2016

As Mexican teachers continue their struggle, union officials are collaborating with the political forces that helped bring about the right-wing education “reform.”

Investigation accuses Mexican federal police of summary executions in May 2015 raid

By Kevin Martinez, 27 August 2016

The country’s human rights commission accused the federal police of executing at least 22 suspects during a raid last year on a suspected drug cartel.

Lopez Obrador reaches out to Mexican ruling elite

By Don Knowland, 19 August 2016

Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador announces that if he wins the presidency in 2018 he will not investigate or prosecute prior office holders and their accomplices for corruption.

US Justice Department blocked prosecution of HSBC bank for drug cartel money laundering

By Gabriel Black, 15 July 2016

The House Financial Services Committee report makes clear that the Obama administration’s failure to hold criminally liable a single leading Wall Street figure is the result of a highly conscious and systematic policy.

Teachers union reaches agreement with Mexican government as blockades spread

By Neil Hardt, 29 June 2016

The CNTE and Morena are maneuvering to prevent opposition to education reform from developing into a direct confrontation between the working class and the Peña Nieto government.

Massive rally in Mexico City condemns massacre of Oaxaca teachers

By Rafael Azul, 28 June 2016

A week after the police massacre of teachers and their supporters in Oaxaca, people across Mexico continue occupations and to disrupt of highway traffic in protest.

Michigan public school teacher messages of solidarity with Mexican teachers

27 June 2016

Michigan public school teachers express their support for teachers in Oaxaca and throughout Mexico in the face of last week’s government massacre.

The Oaxaca massacre and the eruption of class struggle in Mexico

By Neil Hardt, 25 June 2016

The resurgence of class struggle expressed in the protests of Mexican teachers is part of a growing radicalization of workers internationally.

Teacher protests, barricades continue after massacre in México

By Rafael Azul, 23 June 2016

Teachers and their supporters continue to struggle in Mexico against the education reform law, while union leaders meet with the government.

Nochixtlán massacre witnesses: Mexican police fired automatic weapons at demonstrators

By Neil Hardt, 22 June 2016

The death toll has risen to 11 in Sunday’s police massacre of striking teachers and their supporters in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.