The scale of the tragedy, almost 85 million infected and more than 1.8 million deaths, nullifies any optimism. The coming economic disaster and the social consequences of the pandemic mark 20/20 as a cursed year. And yet…
The particular way in which the Fourth Transformation tries to position itself with respect to those same large waves of the movement of social dynamics on the eve of the third decade of the 21st century reveals a project that is much more pragmatic – and perhaps risky – than what its main critics consider. READ HERE
At least since the war of 1846-47 when U.S. troops invaded Mexico in order to achieve the largest expansion of territory in the United States history, the 2,000 miles of parched soil between both counties has not known so much risks and dangers. Not even in the times of the Mexican Revolution and The Alamo episode, not even when Nazi Germany tried to infiltrate its submarines and ships from the south. Neither during the hot times of the 80’s and 90’s when the favorite route to import tons of pot and cocaine was flying over the skies of both nations. READ HERE
The most recent Migrant Caravan arises at the juncture of the mid-term elections in the United States, the first electoral test of the Donald Trump project, and the arrival of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his “Fourth Transformation of the Republic” to the Presidency of Mexico. The social and political risks are enormous. The possible gains too. READ HERE
Territorial expression of a millenarian civilization, Mexico is a country with a particular fascination for the dramatic. Death has always been a central element in the life of a people plagued by contradictions, problems and a deep love for their national identity. Fifty years away, the massacre of students on October 2, 1968, continues to be a profound symbol in the social fabric of this nation. READ HERE
The electoral triumph of Andrés Manuel López Obrador is, if anything, the first step towards the great transformation that Mexico needs. A rotten judicial system, extreme levels of violence and a deep social decomposition, are some of the many challenges for which Mexican society expects a solution from its next president. READ HERE
Within the personal universe of President Donald Trump´s mind, along the 2,000 miles of the land border between the United States and Mexico, is rising a "great and huge wall", even more impressive than the Great Wall of China. In addition, the most powerful military force of our time will be used to stop the "fearsome caravans" of families of Central American migrants who try to enter the country and therefore destroy the sacred "American way of life". READ HERE
In the everyday more divided United States of America, there is no issue in which its politicians and citizens can agree. However, this situation changes at times, and even the most reluctant put aside their petrified convictions when reality jumps into their faces and surprises them, shakes them, depresses them, upon learning of the deaths of more innocent people, victims of unleashed and senseless violence, of mass shootings. But, as always... READ HERE
At this stage of the game, nobody could be called surprised. The president of the United States is, above all, a merchant. Beyond his megalomania and preference for the most retrograde and scandalous positions - "I grab them by the pussy ... Mexicans (are) rapists, Muslims = terrorist" and a long etcetera--, Donald Trump considers himself a "genius" (sic) in the world of business. And today his main negotiating card is the fate of almost one million young Americans who came to this country as babies, in the arms of their undocumented parents. Hostages of the rhetoric of hatred and the anti-immigrant fervor of the most primitive sector of the American society, for the White House the Dreamers are, the currency of exchange with which it hopes to obtain the first 25 billion dollars that may allow it to fulfill the more visible and useless of his electoral promises: the construction of that "great, great and beautiful wall" along the 2,000 miles along the border between the United States and Mexico. READ HERE
An old Mexican saying goes like this: "dog that barks, does not bite". A year has passed, and the world survived the first year of Donald Trump as president of the second largest economy in the world and the main military power of our time. And although the damage done is huge, two of your favorite threats are still not coming true: The Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada is still in force and its 2,000-mile border fence remains a bravado. Of course, in this case, the Mexican saying is not enough to calm us down. In this case the beast keeps one finger on the button of nuclear annihilation, while, at the same time, he shoots rabid twitters against his neighbor from the south, whoever believes in gender equality, those trying to avoid the ecological apocalypse, whoever dares to revere a different god and anyone criticizing or even not looking nice at him. READ HERE
In this 2018, several generations after the imaginary of that “Great America”, we inhabit in a planet of 7,600 million people. The average life expectancy in the world is 71 years. The so-called globalization is a reality in the economy of most countries, although inequality is greater than ever. Also, communications are digital, instantaneous and global. And yet, this 2018 Donald Trump will celebrate his 72nd birthday in the White House. Millionaire by birth, he grew up in the 40’s and 50’s as a temperamental and explosive child. Since he was a young man, he got into the great media wave that, for decades, has molded popular culture on a global level. Genius of the self-promotion and show business, he replaced Barak Hussein Obama, the first black president of the history of his country, defeating Hillary Clinton, who was supposed to become the first female president of this nation.
Let’s face it, this has been a horrible year. The same wave of intolerance, frustration and hate that put Donald Trump in the White House is now a global phenomenon. The pure blood philosophy has infected not only the crazies in the U.S. but Europe and even portions of Asia. 2017 may be remembered as a crossroad in human history. That moment when the rulers of the world –oligarchs and billionaires, big corporations and presidents as well as the political elites--, choose to sacrifice the world’s future in the name of their own personal pleasure and selfishness. There is no secret about what wait for all of us at the end of the road of ecologic devastation, social injustice and economic isolation: The sixth big extinction period in the history of planet Earth.
This year's Thanksgiving Day will be as important as the first one in 1621. Caught up in the deep crisis of values within the nation, as much of the rest of the world, with the winds of the Third World War on the horizon and the ravages of the forces of nature hitting various regions of the planet, Thursday November 23 may be one of the last moments for the U.S. as the model society of modernity that for almost two centuries was the main reference about building a global civilization. It is true that in everyday life, Thanksgiving has become that forced pause in which about 100 million people travel across country to pretend that the family is still the pillar of society, while in the midst of the boredom of football, impossible quantities of food are devoured. It is true that under the term "Thanksgiving 2017", Saint Google takes 0.48 seconds to deliver 52.6 million results, most of which focused on that terrible disease that this country infected much of the planet: extreme consumerism.
September was a month of tragedies, deep wounds and good opportunity to show our best and, of course, our worst. Let’s begin with the nature forces. From the geological point of view, an earthquake it is the release of enormous amounts of energy as a result of the interaction of the underground plates of the earth's crust. More or less the same could be said about hurricanes. The disaster comes as a result of the human factor: a culture of negligence, extreme poverty and corruption always produce death and suffering. Mexico´s experience could be the best example: the first September 19 (1985) toll was over 12,000 lives, and the second one (2017) main cost was around 350. The same with the over 8 points earthquakes of the recent past in Chile and Haiti. The one in South America took 255 lives and the other in the Caribbean, over 230,000. Also, the mass shooting took many lives in the U.S. Over 50 and 400 injured in Las Vegas. In all that context, the good news, most of them, were related with youth. Mexicans kids out of the street in amazing response of solidarity helping the victims of the earthquake. American Millenials in a solid support with their fellow Dreamers, the best of America.
The world is experiencing a real clash of civilizations. This means, the side of hate, violence and ignorance, versus those betting on the construction of a global human community based in knowledge and the power of science.
A new spectre is haunting the world: the spectre of authoritarian democracy. Soon enough, history books will tell the story about the times when the American Empire´s two great ideological flags - democracy and freedom - ended up turned into pieces of a stage of power that gave birth to the age of the Authoritarian Democracy.
Behind the old saying “In every crisis there is an opportunity,” there is an incontrovertible fact: extreme situations force us to have clear priorities and, above all, to act. The Mexicans in Chicago know this very well. Called the “Political Capital of Mexicans Living in the United States, Chicago is the fifth largest Mexican city in the world. Unlike the others, Chicago was not born from Mesoamerican roots. Monumental city that dominates the American Midwest, in Chicago 20 percent of the population is of Mexican origin. Even the neighborhoods like Humboldt Park, that once were Boricuas, today are mostly Mexican.
Of course, He still is more dangerous than a monkey with a knife. In fact, for his favorite villains-Mexicans, immigrants, women, religious minorities, and so on-he poses an even greater threat than he did last January when, with his fist to front, was proclaimed as the 45th President of the United States of America. However, it took four months to make it very clear that Donald Trump is a character completely congruent with himself: his thing is the circus...