Mexico

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

By , 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.

Police kill eight striking Mexican teachers in Oaxaca massacre

By Don Knowland, 21 June 2016

Federal police fired on protesting teachers in order to clear a blockaded highway, killing eight and wounding over 50.

Unite US and Mexican workers!

The working class must stop the Carrier factory closures!

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 18 June 2016

The fight to defend jobs requires a unified fight against the capitalist system

Mexico’s national teachers strike enters second month

By Don Knowland, 16 June 2016

Efforts by teachers to roll back the regressive federal education reform face increasing government repression.

Teachers in widespread walkouts in Mexico

By Don Knowland, 19 May 2016

The strike is in opposition to a 2013 law that gave new powers to the government to monitor, test and fire teachers en masse.

Independent panel reports on the disappearance of Mexican normalistas

By Don Knowland, 25 April 2016

The report charges that the government blocked key lines of investigation, mishandled evidence, used torture and protected officials suspected of participating in the disappearance.

Ford announces new small-vehicle plant in Mexico

By Marc Wells, 22 April 2016

Ford Motor Co. unveiled its plan to invest $1.6 billion to build a new small-vehicle plant in Mexico which will employ 2,800 workers.

Thirteen Mexican oil workers reported killed with toll rising at Pemex plant

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2016

The plant was turned over to Mexichem as part of the government’s privatization drive, and workers reported that safety and maintenance had been neglected.

Eighteen teachers jailed as police crack down on protests in Mexico

By Neil Hardt, 18 April 2016

Thousands of teachers mobilized across the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacán and Veracruz against President Peña Nieto’s education reform plan.

New testimony exposes Mexican government’s complicity in Ayotzinapa massacre

By Neil Hardt, 16 April 2016

Previously unreported testimony shows that federal police were involved in the September 2014 attacks that resulted in the disappearance of 43 student teachers.

Mexican government employing torture in US-backed anti-immigrant drive

By Neil Hardt, 6 April 2016

Targeting migrant workers and children, the Pena Nieto administration’s crackdown is backed by billions in weapons and training aid from the Obama administration.

Mexican Nissan workers in two-day strike

By Shannon Jones, 5 April 2016

The walkout by more than 5,000 workers brought production to a halt at the Nissan plant in the industrial City of the Valley of Cuernavaca.

Mexican government obstructs investigation into disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43

By Don Knowland, 4 April 2016

The Mexican government is threatening to shut down an investigation by independent experts of the disappearance of the student teachers and seeks to buy off their parents.

Mexican Congress lays legal foundation for martial law

By Neil Hardt, 1 April 2016

An amendment to the Mexican Constitution would grant the president dictatorial powers to establish a state of emergency and suspend democratic rights.

Mexican union leaders paid over $30 million for imposing cuts on oil workers

By Neil Hardt, 17 March 2016

A report from the daily La Jornada reveals that leaders of two major Mexican unions were given kickbacks in return for renegotiating the contract with Pemex.

Steel workers strike in Mexico

By Rafael Azul, 10 March 2016

Striking steel workers at ArcelorMittal in the port city of Lázaro Cárdenas are demanding the rehiring of laid-off workers.

Peña Nieto joins Mexican ex-presidents in denouncing Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2016

The right-wing representatives of the Mexican bourgeoisie fear that Trump’s campaign will interfere with their collaboration with Washington.

The Pope visits Mexico

By Clodomiro Puentes, 20 February 2016

The papal tour was paid for by the government and wealthy Mexican businessmen, who clearly saw it as a means of defusing mounting popular anger.

Families of Americans killed by Mexican drug cartels sue banking giant HSBC

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 February 2016

The families charge HSBC with providing “material support” to the killers by laundering drug money.

Gang warfare continues to infest Mexican politics

By Don Knowland, 12 January 2016

The new mayor of Temixco in Morelos state, near Mexico City, was assassinated the day after being sworn in.

Strongest hurricane ever recorded makes landfall in Mexico

By Evan Blake, 24 October 2015

As of this writing, there have been no reported deaths or injuries from Hurricane Patricia, but many are predicted to perish in the days to come.

Global protests mark anniversary of Mexican massacre

By Rafael Azul, 2 October 2015

Around the world, students, workers and youth demanded justice for Mexico’s missing 43 normalistas.

São Paulo rally for Ayotzinapa: “The resistance has got to be shared... it has to be international.”

By our reporters, 2 October 2015

Demonstrators said that the same kind of repression seen in Mexico is being carried out in Brazil.

International probe exposes Mexican government in case of 43 missing students

By Rafael Azul, 10 September 2015

The disappearance of the students in Iguala almost one year ago stands exposed as an act of political terror by a government that has lost all legitimacy.

US, Mexican and Canadian autoworkers face common fight

By David Brown and Jerry White, 12 August 2015

As talks for a new labor contract continue, the US-based automakers are threatening to shift more production to Mexico and other lower wage countries.

Thousands protest torture-murder of Mexican photojournalist and four women

By Rafael Azul, 6 August 2015

Behind these savage killings is a campaign to silence critics of the regime and defenders of human rights.

Mexican elections held under conditions of police-military siege

By Rafael Azul, 9 June 2015

The government of President Peña Nieto mobilized military and police forces across Mexico to prevent protests by teachers and youth.

Lawmakers push to expand offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

By Matthew Taylor, 4 June 2015

Bills have recently been introduced in the US Senate that would expand oil drilling off the coast of Florida and Alabama.

Mexican elections overshadowed by political crisis

By Don Knowland, 2 June 2015

After a year that saw the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students, polls show that eight out of ten voters do not trust the major political parties.

Mexican president deploys military in Jalisco state

By Kevin Kearney, 25 May 2015

The military operations of the Peña Nieto government are aimed at a far more dangerous internal enemy: Mexico’s increasingly restive working class.

Mexico farm workers’ struggle winds down as negotiations continue

By Clodomiro Puentes, 29 April 2015

By isolating the strike to the San Quintin region, the union leaderships have allowed the growers to take advantage of the precarious social position of the farm workers.

Family members of disappeared Mexican students appeal for support in US

By Seraphine Collins, 22 April 2015

”The US holds a lot of responsibility for what’s happening in Mexico,” the mother of one of the disappeared students told the World Socialist Web Site.

Mexican police confront immigrant protest caravan

By Rafael Azul, 20 April 2015

This year’s protest attacked President Peña Nieto’s Southern Border Program, designed to block the movement of immigrants toward the US.

Drownings in Rio Grande increase after US Border Patrol expansion

By Kevin Martinez, 14 April 2015

Drowning deaths along the US-Mexico border have spiked since last fall as the Border Patrol increased its surveillance.

At least four killed in PEMEX explosion in Gulf of Mexico

By Jake Dean, 2 April 2015

The oil rig disaster has unfolded in the midst of Mexico’s accelerating privatization of its state-owned oil firm, PEMEX.

Six months since the disappearance of the 43 Mexican students

By Rafael Azul, 2 April 2015

Thousands marched and rallied in Mexico City demanding justice for the disappeared rural student teachers.

FICUNAM 2015: Part 3

Pedro Costa’s Horse Money, Jean-Marie Straub’s “leftism” and other problems

By David Walsh, 25 March 2015

The recent FICUNAM festival in Mexico City screened a number of films which, while not belonging to a single school by any means, provide the opportunity for something of a generalized overview.

Mexican migrant workers strike over wages and working conditions

By Rafael Azul, 23 March 2015

On Wednesday, March 17, thousands of agricultural workers went on strike in the Mexican state of Baja California.

FICUNAM 2015: Part 2

The rule and the exceptions—three good films: Court, National Gallery and The Gold Bug

By David Walsh, 20 March 2015

There are filmmakers who devote themselves seriously and conscientiously to representing life, not life in the abstract, not “life as a river,” but concrete life, the life of social classes and relationships.

FICUNAM 2015

An interview with Alejo Moguillansky, co-director of The Gold Bug

By David Walsh, 20 March 2015

David Walsh spoke to Alejo Moguillansky, the co-director of The Gold Bug, in Mexico City during the FICUNAM film festival.

FICUNAM 2015: Part 1

A remarkable film festival in Mexico City

By David Walsh, 18 March 2015

David Walsh and Joanne Laurier recently attended the film festival associated with the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.

Mexican government announces budget cuts in response to economic turmoil

By Don Knowland, 6 February 2015

The Mexican government is imposing deep budget cuts in response to a drop in oil prices and the global economic downturn.

At least two dead after gas explosion in Mexico City maternity hospital

By Kevin Martinez, 30 January 2015

A truck was supplying gas to the hospital when a hose apparently broke, causing a leak that resulted in the blast, which injured dozens.

Mexican government rushes to close case of disappeared students

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2015

Peña Nieto told Mexicans to get over the fate of the 43 students so he can move ahead with a “reform” agenda backed by Washington.

Mexico’s state oil company sacks thousands of workers

By Don Knowland, 20 January 2015

Amidst falling oil prices, attempts by Pemex to cut production costs while courting foreign energy investors will fall most heavily on workers.

Violence intensifies in Mexico as authorities unearth 10 headless bodies

By Jake Dean, 13 January 2015

Mexican police have yet to identify the victims, whose bodies were found in the state of Guerrero, where the disappearance of 43 students last September sparked nationwide protests.

Obama backs beleaguered Mexican president

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2015

Facing mounting calls for his resignation over the massacre of Mexican students, Peña Nieto discussed security, economic integration and immigration in a trip to Washington yesterday.

Forced labor on Mexican farms

By Norisa Diaz, 3 January 2015

Despite a wide array of anti-slavery laws and NGOs, there are currently 20.9 million people in forced labor worldwide.

Mexico intensifies persecution of Central American immigrants

By Adam Mclean, 24 December 2014

The Peña Nieto government’s crackdown on immigrants is being carried out in direct collaboration with the Obama administration.

Mexican federal police attack students and teachers in Guerrero

By Rafael Azul, 16 December 2014

An independent investigation has uncovered evidence of federal government and military involvement in the massacre and disappearance of the 43 normalistas in September.

DNA tests confirm charred remains belong to disappeared Mexican student

By Eric London, 9 December 2014

Amid the grim confirmation of the murder of normalista Alexander Mora Venancio, government threats are mounting against protests.

One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 3

The historical significance of the Mexican Revolution

By Eric London, 6 December 2014

Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the final part of a three-part series.

The Obama administration and disappeared Mexican students

By Marc Wells, 5 December 2014

The disappearance of 43 students in Mexico is the product not only of policies pursued by the Peña Nieto government, but those of Washington as well.

One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 2

The historical significance of the Mexican Revolution

By Eric London, 5 December 2014

Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the second of a three-part series.

One hundred years since Zapata and Villa took Mexico City—Part 1

The historical significance of the Mexican Revolution

By Eric London, 4 December 2014

Despite the passage of a century, the impact of the Mexican Revolution still dominates all aspects of Mexican political and cultural life. This is the first of a three-part series.

Thousands of Mexican workers and youth demand Peña Nieto’s resignation

By Rafael Azul, 3 December 2014

Protests over the disappearance of 43 students pose the question of who will rule Mexico.

Mexican President Peña Nieto announces police-state plan as more bodies are discovered

By Rafael Azul, 29 November 2014

The discovery of eleven decapitated youth adds to the long list of bodies that have been exhumed in Guerrero, both before and since the disappearance of 43 students.

Mexican military threatens intervention against mass protests

By Eric London, 22 November 2014

The entire political establishment in Mexico, backed by the United States, is implicated in the disappearance and likely massacre of the 43 student teachers.

Los Angeles: One thousand protest Mexican student massacre and disappearances

By Rafael Azul, 22 November 2014

Workers and students spoke about the massacre and abduction of teaching school students in Iguala, 43 or whom are still missing.

The disappeared students and Mexico’s deepening political crisis

By Don Knowland, 14 November 2014

The disappearance of 43 rural teaching students has contributed to a growing popular rejection of the major political parties in Mexico.

Angry protests sweep Mexico after government says 43 students are dead

By Don Knowland, 11 November 2014

The attorney general’s presentation of gang confessions claiming that the 43 missing students were killed and burned has further incited an outraged Mexican public.

Peña Nieto implicated in rail contract scandal

By Our reporter, 11 November 2014

The Mexican president’s private mansion has been linked toa multibillion-dollar contract awarded to a corporatesupporter.

More than 100,000 march in Mexico City over disappeared students

By Rafael Azul, 7 November 2014

Marchers demanded the resignation of President Peña Nieto over the government’s handling of the September 26 massacre and mass kidnapping.

Relatives of disappeared students confront Mexico’s president

By Rafael Azul, 31 October 2014

At a meeting with Peña Nieto, relatives of kidnapped students voiced anger over federal government inaction.

Political crisis deepens in Mexico as army is called on to testify on Iguala massacre

By Rafael Azul, 29 October 2014

A Congressional panel is calling on the defense secretary to testify on the role of the Army in the disappearance of students.

Mass protests in Mexico over Iguala Massacre

By Rafael Azul, 24 October 2014

Students are demanding that the investigation into the killing and abduction of their classmates be taken out of the hands of the government.

Mexico’s disappeared students

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2014

The disappearance of the 43 students in the southern state of Guerrero is bound up with the rising inequality and savage violence that go hand in hand with Mexico’s free market “reforms.”

Thousands protest disappearance of Mexican teaching students

By Don Knowland, 18 October 2014

Outrage remains widespread as the Mexican government has failed to reveal what happened to the missing students.

Protests across Mexico over disappearance of students

By Rafael Azul, 16 October 2014

At least 29 universities joined the protest walkout, and in Guerrero, 87 percent of schools were on strike.

Street battles erupt in Guerrero over disappeared Mexican students

By Rafael Azul, 15 October 2014

Students, education workers and families mobilized in Guerrero demanding the resignation of the governor and the return of the disappeared students.

Tens of thousands protest massacre of Mexican student teachers

By Rafael Azul, 10 October 2014

The killings have triggered a tidal wave of national anger that threatens the stability of the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.