A Wall And A Frontier By Andrew Savin

31 January 2019 — Oriental Review

In the article “How Not to Build a ‘Great, Great Wall”, one of the creators of The American Empire Project and a professor of history at New York University, Greg Grandin, gives some rather interesting details about Donald Trump’s proposal that a wall be built on the southern border, a subject that is being widely discussed both in America and in Mexico.

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In Wake of AMLO Victory, US Media Fear Chavismo and Hope for 'Business-Friendly' Change By Gregory Shupak

11 July 2018 — FAIR

NYT: López Obrador, an Atypical Leftist, Wins Mexico Presidency in Landslide

For the New York Times (7/1/18), the election of Lopez Obrador brings “a sense of economic nationalism that some fear could reverse important gains of the last 25 years.”

Neoliberal capitalist dogma pervades mainstream media. A case in point is coverage of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s resounding victory in Mexico’s presidential election.

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

28 April 2018 — WSWS

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo

This is the first part in a two-part series

In recent months, Google, Facebook and Twitter have signed agreements with the Mexican National Electoral Institute (INE), the organization charged with carrying out elections in Mexico, in what amounts to a massive campaign to manipulate the outcome of the July 1 general elections in the world’s tenth most populous country.

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Lessons of Previous Septembers (and Octobers, and Februarys etc etc), Part 1 By S.Artesian

29 October 2017 — Anti-Capital

1. On September 18, 1850, the 31st Congress of the United States passed “An Act to amend, and supplementary to, the Act entitled ‘An Act respecting Fugitives from Justice, and Persons escaping from the Service of their Masters,’ approved February twelfth, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-three.”  This 1850 supplement was known as the Fugitive Slave Act and was part of the “Compromise of 1850” which admitted California to the Union as a free state; fashioned the territories of Utah and New Mexico out of a portion of the land seized from Mexico in the 1846-1848 war; effectively annulled the Maine-Missouri Compromise of 1820 by allowing these new territories to determine for themselves whether slavery would be permitted; and outlawed the slave trade within the limits of the District of Columbia.

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Media: Corporate Welfare Will Bring Back Jobs vs. Jobs Will Never Come Back

30 November 2016 — FAIR

NYT: Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in USThe New York Times (11/29/16) declares that Carrier’s job announcement “signals that Mr. Trump is a different kind of Republican.”

The Carrier company’s announcement that, after exhortations from Donald Trump, it was going to move a thousand jobs overseas—rather than the 2,000 that it had previously planned to move—led New York Times reporter Nelson Schwartz (11/29/16) to declare that “Mr. Trump is a different kind of Republican, willing to take on big business, at least in individual cases”:

Just as only a confirmed anti-Communist like Richard Nixon could go to China, so only a businessman like Mr. Trump could take on corporate America without being called a Bernie Sanders–style socialist. If Barack Obama had tried the same maneuver, he’d probably have drawn criticism for intervening in the free market.

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What’s Important and What’s Really Important By S. Artesian

12 November 2016 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

1. See this article in the NYT.   It is an important article

2.  It is important to note that the article confirms Insurgent Notes argument that the turn to Trump was a measure of desperation by workers, and that neither racism, nor anti-immigration were the selling points to the Carrier workers.

 3.  It is important that none of the African-American workers interviewed could bring themselves to vote for Trump.

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The Wealth of the Commons: Hope from the Margins By Gustavo Esteva

28 August 2016 — The Wealth of the Commons

A world beyond market & state

These notes offer a quick glance to ways, in the south of Mexico, in which people are regenerating the society from the bottom up. It is a new kind of revolution without leaders or vanguards, which goes beyond development and globalization. It is about displacing the economy from the center of social life, reclaiming a communal way of being, encouraging radical pluralism, and advancing towards real democracy.

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Video: How Indigenous Mexicans Stood up against NAFTA “Death Sentence”

3 January 2013 — Democracy Now!

Zapatista Uprising 20 Years Later

On the same day North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect on January 1, 1994, the Zapatista National Liberation Army and people of Chiapas declared war on the Mexican government, saying that NAFTA meant death to indigenous peoples. They took over five major towns in Chiapas with fully armed women and men. The uprising was a shock, even for those who for years worked in the very communities where the rebel army had been secretly organizing. To learn about the impact of the uprising 20 years later and the challenges they continue to face, we speak with Peter Rosset, professor on rural social movements San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. Continue reading