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A New Hope for Mexico

SAYING NO TO CORRUPTION, VIOLENCE, AND TRUMP’S WALL


ANDRÉS MANUEL LÓPEZ OBRADOR

Edited and translated by NATASCHA UHLMANN

“Andrés Manuel López Obrador pinpoints the key problems facing today’s Mexico, especially corruption at the highest level of government, and sets out what must be done to put them right. This book is essential.” —Greg Grandin, author of Fordlandia

“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented … an inherently interesting and ultimately inspiring contribution.” —Midwest Book Review


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About the Book

Andrés Manuel López Obrador will become the next President of Mexico. AMLO, a progressive politician often compared to Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders, participated previously in the 2006 and 2012 Mexican presidential elections. His decisive victory in the 2018 election seems likely to be related to the reaction of his fellow countrymen to the election of another outspoken politician, Donald Trump.

In A New Hope for Mexico López Obrador presents a no-holds-barred condemnation of corruption in his own country and a sharp critique of what he regards as the baleful influence of the United States in Mexican politics, especially under the Trump presidency. Setting out a program that counters the neoliberal politics that have dominated Mexico for decades, López Obrador calls on his country to make a break from a long-ingrained tradition of deference to US interests.

The election of a true progressive for the first time in recent history has substantial implications for the Mexican people, and for the United States, making A New Hope For Mexico essential reading for anyone interested in global politics.

224 pages • Paperback ISBN 978-1-682191-55-2 • E-book 978-1-682191-56-9

About the Author

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Newly elected president of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador was Head of Government of the Federal District (Mexico City) from 2000 to 2005, before resigning to run as a candidate in the 2006 and 2012 presidential elections, representing a coalition led by the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). He is today the leader and founder of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA).

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Although we followed the 2016 US elections closely, the principles of nonintervention and state sovereignty led us to keep a respectful distance from its internal politics, and the few times we did opine, we did so without interfering and without taking sides.

But there are some things that can’t go unacknowledged. I recall that Donald Trump, upon announcing his candidacy on June 16 of 2015, exclaimed, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They send people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”

We’ve since asked ourselves whether he truly didn’t understand the basis of mass immigration or if he was just resorting to demagoguery, because Mexico does not “send” anyone to the United States; it happens that millions of people have left our country in the pursuit of a better life through honest work in our neighbor to the north. The majority has left to better their economic situation, while others flee the violence that plagues our homeland.

After the election, and when the Republican contender was sworn into office, we decided to act. We knew that Enrique Peña Nieto would not meet his duty to represent Mexico with dignity and that he would be unwilling to vigorously defend migrants. Experience proved us correct.

After campaign rhetoric morphed into government policy, we could no longer stand idly by in the face of this aggression. Our first move was to participate in a meeting on January 20th, the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, with the people in the border town of Acuña, Coahuila. Subsequently, in a two month span, we attended public gatherings in Los Angeles, Chicago, El Paso, Phoenix, New York, Washington, San Francisco, and Laredo.

As part of that mobilization, we delivered a note of protest to the United Nations, and a complaint to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Trump’s effort to build a border wall between Mexico and the United States, and for his attempts to persecute migrant workers.

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