“On the one hand there will be an important portion of society who will be offered this set of liberties, and this is something very positive,” Pascoe says. “But on the other hand, the government will continue to ravish the urban landscape with developments that result from highly corrupted dealings among private constructors and people in the government who are getting absurdly rich. Most of these projects do not have the authorisation of the local communities in the best scenario, and in the worst, they stand against their will.” … [Read more...] about Mexico City is ‘crowdsourcing’ a new constitution. But will it change anything?
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These successes were not merely local. In exposing the weakness and corruption of the PRI, the damnificado movement became the first major step in Mexico’s democratisation. In the years to come, the grassroots alliances of the earthquake mobilisation would link up with politicians who were defecting from the PRI to support a new opposition known as the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). Hundreds of activists – once shut out from the political system – migrated into the party, hoping to topple the PRI, bringing their pro-poor agenda with them in the process. This “party-movement,” led by PRI-defector Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, challenged the PRI in the 1988 election– the largest opposition in 70 years – and set in motion a reform process that brought more power to the local level and away from the PRI’s political castle. … [Read more...] about The Mexico City earthquake, 30 years on: have the lessons been forgotten?
Despite significant Democratic opposition and concerns over his fitness for the job, the Senate voted 53-38 to confirm Michael Pack to run the U.S. Agency for Global Media, which oversees VOA and its sister outlets including Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Cuba-oriented Radio and Television Marti. … [Read more...] about Senate confirms Trump’s pick to lead Voice of America
On the third day, as they struggled in the thin air near the Andes, 15,000 feet above sea-level, we saw one trucker take pity on the family, giving them a ride to the next town and sharing some of his food. "I have walked so much," she told the driver, trying to hold back the tears of gratitude. … [Read more...] about She walked hundreds of miles with her daughters to the Amazon to escape Covid-19
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