Mexico: The Huge Story the Corporate Media is NOT Telling You
Mexico has had two revolutions, the first started in 1810 when Father Hidalgo shouted a grito, or cry, for independence from Spain. The second was the Revolution of Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata in 1910. Our Mexican brothers and sisters are 7 years overdue, but they just might be making up for lost time. Right friggin’ NOW, and there’s not a peep in the American corporate media about it.
The ONLY two news sources mentioning it on The Google are The World Socialist Web Site and Russia Today. The former is an excellent in-depth article, and the latter is a great photo gallery of the protests themselves. I strongly recommend you check out these links; they’re worth the time, IMHO.
It started in President Enrique Pena Nieto announced that he was cutting back on the gasolinazo, or gasoline subsidy the government has provided for its citizens since 1938, when the British and American-dominated petroleum industry was nationalized. Thousands of Mexicans have taken to the streets, with truckers, bus and taxi drivers in the vanguard. They have blockaded Pemex(the Mexican national oil company) refineries and gas stations.Highways have been blockaded. They have seized gasoline tankers on the roads on siphoned off their gas, in one case even getting the Army to back down by threatening to blow up the tanker.
Hundreds, maybe thousands, of shops have been looting in widespread rioting across nearly every Mexican state and in the capital of Mexico City. 9000 Army troops were called in by the Nieto regime to restore order, and they haven’t succeeded yet. Who knows? Maybe the soldiers’ hearts just aren’t in it.
The roots of Mexico’s Winter of Discontent go back for years. According to the WSWS yesterday,
A recent study by the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) reported that the purchasing power of the average Mexican had shrunk by 11.1 percent since President Pena Nieto took office in 2012. The price index for the basic food basket required to feed a family of four has increased to 218.06 pesos ($10.19) per day, nearly three times the daily minimum wage.
Although Mexico is one of the world’s leading producers of oil, a worker earning the minimum wage must work twelve days to earn the price of a tank of gas. The increase in fuel prices will, moreover, result in a sharp rise in the prices of other basic staples. The firm Brokerage Finamex announced in December that the proposed gas hike would increase the consumer price index by 0.8 percent in just the first two weeks of 2017. (emphasis added)
Have you heard about any of this? I certainly hadn’t. The American corporate media is all about alleged Russian meddling in our latest election, even though not even our intelligence agencies said the alleged meddling actually affected the outcome of the same, or that any of the leaked or “fake news” information wasn’t actually true! No, they are fixated on Democrats and Republicans like John McCain(remember “Bomb, bomb, bomb…Bomb, bomb Iran” from 2008?) bellowing that Russia has committed an act of war!
I don’t always agree with my Trotskyite friends in Detroit, but their conclusion is quite appropriate:
The protests in Mexico have been blacked out by the corporate media in the US, despite the fact that millions of Mexican citizens currently reside north of the border. As of Thursday afternoon, the online front pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, ABC, Fox, and CBS all failed to mention the demonstrations. This is not an oversight. The American ruling class fears that the development of a movement of the working class in Mexico will ignite a parallel struggle by workers of all nationalities in the United States.
No shit. Mexico may be just about to blow, folks. And who can blame those people? They’ve been screwed worse than Americans for far longer by financial aristocracies both foreign and domestic. 21st Century Hidalgos, Villas, and Zapatas may be just over the temporal horizon. Stay tuned.7wo7rees, CNW, tonyl and 37 othersshanti, virgdem, beltanefauve, mrdmk, roody, Bosco, OzoneTom, Charles, Grateful Curd, Caretha, xynthee, bvar22, leveymg, dreamnightwind, snot, Purveyor, sabrina, Utopian Leftist, sadoldgirl, Mom Cat, snagglepuss, A little weird, PADemD, Paka, Downwinder, Dragon Turtle, djean111, Eggar, Haikugal, azmama, jwirr, DesertRat2015, ThouArtThat, aspirant, broiles, ThinkingANew, arendt like this"Identity politics is the last refuge of the politically incompetent." --Me, with a hat tip to Isaac Asimov
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