On July 7, elections were held in 15 Mexican states for mayoral and congressional office, and one governorship in Baja California. The PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) took eight of the thirteen capital cities at stake, Veracruz suffered violence at the polls and everywhere there were complaints and glitches reported about the computer-based vote counting program, […]

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I co-wrote this series of articles in 2009 with my mother, N.J. Blake, after being awarded an investigative journalism grant by the AVINA foundation. They were originally published on openDemocracy.net.   “Oral trials only protect the criminals.” This is the conclusion reached by an indignant citizen of Salina Cruz, a coastal city in Oaxaca, regarding the […]

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I co-wrote this series of articles in 2009 with my mother, N.J. Blake, after being awarded an investigative journalism grant by the AVINA foundation. They were originally published on openDemocracy.net.   Transparency, security, individual rights, the end of impunity, justice, hope. These are the promising words on the lips of Mexico’s politicians, pundits and public today […]

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I co-wrote this series of articles in 2009 with my mother, N.J. Blake, after being awarded an investigative journalism grant by the AVINA foundation. They were originally published on openDemocracy.net.   The words “judicial reform” imply change; a system that has been struggling will be transformed into something new and improved. This sounds simple enough, […]

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As Elba Esther Gordillo marshals her defense against the government’s charges of embezzlement and organized crime, President Peña Nieto’s administration has begun to do battle with another challenger to executive authority: the telecommunications monopolies. This week, the President presented his reform initiative which proposes breaking up the monopolies in fixed and cellular phone service, television […]

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