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    "Esto Soy" Life of Andes Manuel Lopez Obrador

    Pedro Malo, thanks for the link. After suffering through Calderon and Pena Nieto, I'm looking forward to living here during AMLO's presidency.
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    Republic or Democracy

    The basic framework of government in Mexico is modeled from that of its northern neighbor. It is no coincidence that the full name of this country is the Estados Unidos de Mexico.
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    Here's a little background info on the history of democracy in Mexico: Although the dictator Diaz was defeated and exiled in 1916, a series of assassinations, coups and rebellions continued until 1929. At that time, the various factions on the left coalesced as the PRI and the various factions on the right formed the PAN. There was no center. The umbrella organization of the PRI guaranteed the party 70-80% of the vote in any election and a good measure of political stability for the country. The struggle for power took place within the party and not in the general election. Over time, the PRI became increasingly corrupt, culminating in the scandalous regime of Salinas, who was president from1988 to 1994.. At that time, the more dedicated and self righteous socialists broke away from the PRI to form the PRD. The current presidente-elect, AMLO, was among this group. With the electorate split into thirds, the PANistas were able to a win a few elections, including a few governorships. The PRI had to resort to election fraud in order to maintain power on a national level. In 2000 the PANistas, under Fox, were able to pull out a victory with a plurality of the vote. The moment that the PRI peacefully transferred power to the PAN at the inauguration of Fox is considered the moment that democracy finally arrived in Mexico. However, democracy did not last long. The 2006 election was a blatent fraud. As the vote was being counted in that three-way election, it became obvious that the PRD candidate, AMLO, was headed to victory. The count was stopped and when it resumed the PANista, Calderon, had miraculously taken the lead by 0.47 percent (if you can believe that...and no one does). In the 2012 election, AMLO was marginalized in a more subtly manner. He really gave up halfway through the campaign, declaring that the process was "rigged." Pena Nieto was declared the winner with a plurality of the vote. Following the 2012 election, AMLO left the PRD and formed Morena (National Regeneration Movement) in order to run for president once again. Election reforms were put into place to prevent the abuses of the past. And the general public decided that they were not going to be denied once again. The result was an undeniable and fraud-proof majority both for AMLO and his Morena movement.
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    AMLO Again

    Mr. Lopez Obrador has stated that, if elected, he would hold an "open discussion" on how to deal with the problems of drug use and the drug cartels. In this discussion, every option would be on the table, including outright legalization and amnesty for narcos along the lines of the Colombian model. So far, his only conclusion is that current policies have not worked and have resulted in the deaths of many thousands of people since former president Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels 12 years ago. His main priority is to put an end to the killing.
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    Possible Answer To Maincoon's Question?

    Let's set aside the propaganda, sensationalism and fake news for a moment and take a look at a more accurate and honest discussion of the causes and effects of the current economic crisis in Venezuela. And here's a link to the open letter referenced in the discussion... https://afgj.org/endsanctions
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    Possible Answer To Maincoon's Question?

    I see someone's confused by that last post. Sorry 'bout that. Perhaps CIA Director Mike Pompeo can help clarify things...
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    Possible Answer To Maincoon's Question?

    As the election draws closer, we can expect the political rhetoric to intensify. AMLO's opponents will certainly compare him to Nicolas Maduro, the socialist president of Venezuela. Keep in mind that a lot of this rhetoric is the product of a long-running propaganda campaign by the CIA intended to bring about regime change in Venezuela. While Venezuela does have some serious economic problems, the people really aren't reduced to eating their pets in order to survive...or selling their children because they can no longer afford to feed them, for that matter.
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    Who is Moreno?

    The Times op-ed is obviously biased against AMLO and amazingly distorted and misleading in its presentation of the facts. Don't base your opinion of AMLO according to this article.
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    Possible Answer To Maincoon's Question?

    Let's not get carried away here. Non-citizens are forbidden to actively participate in the electoral process. They are not allowed to donate money to candidates or parties, speak at political rallies or march in political protests. No one here should feel intimidated by these restrictions when expressing an opinion on a forum such as this. I do not believe AMLO has any specific proposal for dealing with the problem of drugs and cartels. In the past, he has advocated that the army be "returned to its barracks" in an effort to deescalate the violence that followed the Calderon regime's declared war on drugs. Most recently, he has expressed his desire to hold an "open discussion" on how to deal with drugs, cartels and the violence. Everything would on the table in this discussion, including legalization of personal drug use and amnesty for the cartels in exchange for disbanding.
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    Who Is this AMLO guy?

    Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) is the current front-runner in the upcoming Mexican presidential election. Here's an analysis of AMLO and the election from John Ackerman, a well-respected academic and journalist...and ardent supporter of AMLO's candidacy.
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    Lakeside increased population?

    Paul Ehrlich's "Population Bomb" has detonated...and there's no escaping the fallout.
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    Mexican Opium Towns

    Don't see why this is such a stretch for you, M.C. You're old enough to remember when the U.S. mafia had a pretty hard rule about dealing drugs: You deal, you die. Indeed, many of them died.
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    Mexican Opium Towns

    The article says "less" than one percent. This could mean 1000 people. A 67 percent increase over a three-year period would equal 1670 people. If you have a credible reference to these millions of users, let's see it. I don't have to help you do your research on this subject...just trying to distinguish facts from hysteria.
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    Mexican Opium Towns

    Here's a 2014 article from Animal Politico that says heroin use in Mexico increased by 67 percent over a three-year period ending in 2011. The article doesn't give specific details regarding the number of people this represents or in which regions of Mexico this increase occurred. The article goes on to say that Mexican public health authorities aren't concerned since this represents less than one percent of the population and is "minimal" when compared to usage rates for marijuana and cocaine. It's still early in the day for me, but I'll try to track down the source for this information later in the day and see if more details are available. My guess is that the actual number of people using heroin in Mexico is quite small and that the actual number of people who are "addicted" is much less than that. I would further guess that the drug warriors, sensational press and fake news outlets have used these figures to fuel anti-drug hysteria. https://www.animalpolitico.com/2014/04/eu-en-alerta-por-heroina-en-mexico-aumenta-consumo-y-produccion/#axzz2zoGJfmVz
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    Mexican Opium Towns

    Further add: This story and the quote from the attorney general refers to overall drug use in Mexico and not specifically to heroin use. Once again, it's an apples to oranges comparison.