JAN MARTINEZ—Legend has it that Emiliano Zapata never died. History proves it every day. Almost a hundred years after his assassination, the figure of the revolutionary, general-in-chief of the Liberation Army of the South, continues to inflame the imagination of Mexicans. Proletarian, rebel and often visionary, Zapata (1879-1919) embodies the ideals of a troubled age like no other. His years of struggle and glory are those of a country at war with itself.
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PATRICE GREANVILLE—This is a highly unusual film, a quiet, at times lyrical, other times creepy documentary on the small mansions —actually impressive mausoleums—where Mexico’s most notorious drug lords (and other victims of the drug war) lie at rest. Hauntingly, most of the residents in this city of the dead are extremely young. A meditation on culture and class, the images say a lot about the almost infinite ability of the poor to scrape a living under almost any circumstances, and about the people of Mexico’s unique attitude toward death and their apparent stubborn belief in an afterlife.
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ELLEN BROWN—AMLO has continually vowed, however, not to raise taxes on the rich. Instead he has enlisted Mexico’s business magnates as investors in public-private partnerships, allowing him to avoid the “tequila trap” that brought down Argentina and Mexico itself in earlier years — getting locked into debt to foreign investors and the International Monetary Fund. Mexico’s business leaders seem happy to invest in the country, despite some slippage in GDP.
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It’s quite clear Washington gave the green light to the vile puppet regime it just installed in Bolivia to humiliate both Mexico and Spain, nations which did not show great enthusiasm for the American coup. America’s criminality is contagious.
FRED REED—He probably thinks of Mexicans as just gardeners and rapists and we have all these beautiful advanced weapons and beautiful drones and things with blinking lights. A pack of rapists armed with garden trowels couldn’t possibly be difficult to defeat by the US. I mean, get serious: Dope dealers against the Marines? A cakewalk. You know, like Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. That sort of cakewalk. Let’s think what an expedition against the narcos would entail, what it would face. To begin with, Mexico is a huge country of 127 million souls with the narcos spread unevenly across it. You can’t police a nation that size with a small force, or even with a large force. A (preposterous) million soldiers would be well under one percent of the population. Success would be impossible even if that population helped you. Which it wouldn’t.