After 12 years of roaring violence that has left over a hundred thousand dead and more than 30,000 missing — not to mention countless human rights violations by the security forces — the Mexican government is finally taking steps to redefine its role in the failed war on drugs.
Sen. Olga Sánchez Cordero, who will become interior secretary of the new government, last week presented a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis, from seed to sale. In a Congress largely dominated by Morena — the left-leaning party headed by President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who will be sworn in on Dec.… Seguir leyendo »
Six years ago, a crowd of outraged Mexican students protested a campaign appearance by Enrique Peña Nieto at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. The campus protest was so intense that it forced Peña Nieto, then the leading candidate, to hide in a bathroom.
When local media and spokesmen from Peña Nieto’s campaign inaccurately described the demonstration as orchestrated by outside agitators, 131 students responded with an online video explaining why they opposed Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The symbolic inclusion of an additional rebellious student, making them 132, lead to a movement called #YoSoy132.
#YoSoy132 was how my generation became active in politics.… Seguir leyendo »