Why the Mexican President is Attacked

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Why the Mexican President is Attacked

Post by Sertorio » Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:33 am

Mexico finds a Latin American ally in Venezuela's Maduro
21.09.2021
https://amp.dw.com/en/mexico-finds-a-la ... a-59252494

Mexico is presenting itself as the new champion of Latin American integration. To do that, it appears willing to embrace the continent's isolated autocratic leftist leaders. But it's a risky move.

The recent summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Mexico was the first big meeting of its kind since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Participants ranged from Cuban head of state Miguel Diaz-Canel to Ecuador's laissez-faire conservative president, Guillermo Lasso. Even Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro made a last-minute appearance — though he is wanted by the United States on charges of drug trafficking, with a $15 million (€12.8 million) reward for information leading to his arrest.

Yet, in many ways Maduro's flying visit to the CELAC summit was not so surprising. The continent's authoritarian leftist states, which include Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, are beset by economic sanctions and damning UN reports on human rights violations, and their leaders are looking to Mexico for support.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has proposed replacing the Organization of American States (OAS) with CELAC, a body that does not include the United States or Canada. His motion came in response to demands from countries such as Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia, which have called the OAS an interventionist tool of the US.

What are Mexico's motives?

Political analysts have said the Mexican government is signaling its discontent with the OAS's agenda, ending its two-year CELAC presidency with a bang. Most of Lopez Obrador's term has been characterized by reserved and integrationist diplomacy, concentrating on concrete projects like acquiring COVID vaccines rather than on ideological differences, which threatened to split the alliance.

Is Mexico giving Latin America's leftist autocrats a veneer of respectability?

This strategy has not been completely successful. Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro pulled out of CELAC in January 2020, and the alliance lost its biggest and most-populous member. And even during the summit itself, there were tensions and fierce verbal clashes between Argentina and Nicaragua and Uruguay and Cuba, which had to be smoothed over by Mexico's Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard.

"This summit has increased the pressure to reform the OAS," said Jose Antonio Crespo, a historian and political scientist at Mexico's Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE). He doesn't rule out the idea that it's a maneuver engineered by Ebrard to raise his profile as a potential contender in Mexico's next presidential election, in 2024.

The foreign secretary is said to be very keen to become Lopez Obrador's successor — and he can count on the president's support. Both men have been critical of the OAS; Crespo said that for many Latin American left-wingers, Lopez Obrador is a substitute figure for the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013.

Lopez Obrador's decision to invite the Cuban president to take part in the military parade during Mexican Independence Day celebrations would appear to back up Crespo's thesis. But that move also provoked sharp criticism.

"It is now evident that Lopez Obrador has become an accomplice of the new totalitarian governments in Latin America," Tulio Hernandez, a Venezuelan sociologist who lives in exile in Colombia, told DW. "By flirting with Diaz-Canel and Maduro, Lopez Obrador is siding with those who are undermining democratic progress and regional integration."

Avoiding open confrontation with the US

Mexican political scientist Ruben Aguilar said it was impossible to interpret Lopez Obrador's refusal to interfere in other states' internal affairs as an act of neutrality. "Rejecting sanctions imposed because of grave human rights violations means that you are aligning yourself with dictatorial countries," he said.

Aguilar also underlined the Mexican president's contradictory approach to the OAS. "First of all, he said that he wanted to replace the OAS with CELAC, i.e to establish a purely Latin American mechanism of integration," he said. "Then he corrected himself and invited Canada and the United States, too. Ultimately, he said the investment to boost Latin America's economic development should come from there, which would give North America a more important role than ever before."

CELAC aims to improve cooperation on health care in the alliance

Crespo also thinks Mexico is not looking to lock horns with its biggest trading partner, the United States. "Lopez Obrador is upholding the Latin American agenda without picking a fight with the US," he said.

Aside from the rhetoric, antipathy and personal ambitions, the CELAC summit led to the organization of a Latin American space agency, a new fund to respond to natural disasters, and agreements on vaccine production and closer cooperation in health issues.
No wonder Lopez Labrador is regularly attacked by the US and its vassals. Anyone wanting to be independent from the US and free from its diktats is an enemy of democracy and a potential target for threats and sanctions, the modern way of the West carrying out international relations. Which will eventually lead to war(s) and sooner than we think...

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Re: Why the Mexican President is Attacked

Post by SteveFoerster » Sat Nov 20, 2021 12:51 pm

"It is now evident that Lopez Obrador has become an accomplice of the new totalitarian governments in Latin America," Tulio Hernandez, a Venezuelan sociologist who lives in exile in Colombia, told DW. "By flirting with Diaz-Canel and Maduro, Lopez Obrador is siding with those who are undermining democratic progress and regional integration."

How unsurprising that your response to that is to praise him and make a nonsense comment about war.
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Re: Why the Mexican President is Attacked

Post by Sertorio » Sat Nov 20, 2021 1:01 pm

SteveFoerster wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 12:51 pm
"It is now evident that Lopez Obrador has become an accomplice of the new totalitarian governments in Latin America," Tulio Hernandez, a Venezuelan sociologist who lives in exile in Colombia, told DW. "By flirting with Diaz-Canel and Maduro, Lopez Obrador is siding with those who are undermining democratic progress and regional integration."

How unsurprising that your response to that is to praise him and make a nonsense comment about war.
Presumably that's all you read in the article, which is typical of yours...

While the article is not uncritical of Lopez Obrador (the source is the German DW) I thought the following was also important:
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has proposed replacing the Organization of American States (OAS) with CELAC, a body that does not include the United States or Canada. His motion came in response to demands from countries such as Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia, which have called the OAS an interventionist tool of the US.

What are Mexico's motives?

Political analysts have said the Mexican government is signaling its discontent with the OAS's agenda, ending its two-year CELAC presidency with a bang. Most of Lopez Obrador's term has been characterized by reserved and integrationist diplomacy, concentrating on concrete projects like acquiring COVID vaccines rather than on ideological differences, which threatened to split the alliance.

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Re: Why the Mexican President is Attacked

Post by neverfail » Sat Nov 20, 2021 2:16 pm

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Obrador (not Mexico) finds a Latin American (political) ally in Venezuela's Maduro?

:lol:

When you need to turn to Maduro for a backer then you are truly scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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Re: Why the Mexican President is Attacked

Post by Sertorio » Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:33 pm

neverfail wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 2:16 pm
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Obrador (not Mexico) finds a Latin American (political) ally in Venezuela's Maduro?

:lol:

When you need to turn to Maduro for a backer then you are truly scraping the bottom of the barrel.
The Saudi king is a much better ally...

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Re: Why the Mexican President is Attacked

Post by neverfail » Sat Nov 20, 2021 4:10 pm

Sertorio wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:33 pm
neverfail wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 2:16 pm
.......................................................................

Obrador (not Mexico) finds a Latin American (political) ally in Venezuela's Maduro?

:lol:

When you need to turn to Maduro for a backer then you are truly scraping the bottom of the barrel.
The Saudi king is a much better ally...
Is he?

Venezuela is utterly bankrupt. How can the comatose wreck of a state like that help Mexico?

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Re: Why the Mexican President is Attacked

Post by Sertorio » Sun Nov 21, 2021 2:08 am

neverfail wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 4:10 pm
Sertorio wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:33 pm
neverfail wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 2:16 pm
.......................................................................

Obrador (not Mexico) finds a Latin American (political) ally in Venezuela's Maduro?

:lol:

When you need to turn to Maduro for a backer then you are truly scraping the bottom of the barrel.
The Saudi king is a much better ally...
Is he?

Venezuela is utterly bankrupt. How can the comatose wreck of a state like that help Mexico?
It's not a matter of "helping", it is a matter of decency. Mexico is naturally disturbed at the way Venezuela has been treated by the US, and so it decided to give them a hand.

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Re: Why the Mexican President is Attacked

Post by neverfail » Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:30 am

Sertorio wrote:
Sun Nov 21, 2021 2:08 am

It's not a matter of "helping", it is a matter of decency. Mexico is naturally disturbed at the way Venezuela has been treated by the US, and so it decided to give them a hand.
Not Mexico (the country) per se; just its government.

Not the same!

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Re: Why the Mexican President is Attacked

Post by Sertorio » Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:34 am

neverfail wrote:
Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:30 am
Sertorio wrote:
Sun Nov 21, 2021 2:08 am

It's not a matter of "helping", it is a matter of decency. Mexico is naturally disturbed at the way Venezuela has been treated by the US, and so it decided to give them a hand.
Not Mexico (the country) per se; just its government.

Not the same!
What percentage of the Mexican people will disagree with the government's policies in respect of Venezuela?

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Re: Why the Mexican President is Attacked

Post by SteveFoerster » Sun Nov 21, 2021 1:08 pm

Sertorio wrote:
Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:34 am
neverfail wrote:
Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:30 am
Sertorio wrote:
Sun Nov 21, 2021 2:08 am

It's not a matter of "helping", it is a matter of decency. Mexico is naturally disturbed at the way Venezuela has been treated by the US, and so it decided to give them a hand.
Not Mexico (the country) per se; just its government.

Not the same!
What percentage of the Mexican people will disagree with the government's policies in respect of Venezuela?
Great question. When you get the results of the poll you've commissioned, be sure to let us know.
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