Friday, May 11, 2007


Some days ago, a one-day Symposium on current Mexico´s political situation was held at Yale University. This event gathered some distinguished Mexican academics, intellectuals and political actors who reflected from different political and ideological views on the state of the nation after the so conceived traumatizing 2006 Mexican presidential election and its aftermath. The conference turned out to be very interesting not just because of the topic itself but basically because, for the first time, there was a consensus on one thing, namely: that "something" was seriously wrong.

During the day, all panelists (even the most furious election result´s advocates contributed a great deal to it) listed up the series of well known “anomalies” that lead to have, said some, a reasonable doubt about the electoral results: from the President´s intervention in the electoral process (AMLO´s impeachment, public statements of discredit, tv spots), the electoral councilors fiddled selection and the illegal corporate donors to the awkward initial electoral results information; the denial for a broader recount and access to the ballots, etc.

It must be said that a recount was indeed made: as it is known a 9%-sample of the voting booths was opened and analyzed and 65% presented some sort of counting errors but the electoral authorities did not find a pattern and therefore a probable cause for a broader recount. In the end, the official candidate was declared winner with a notorious difference of 0.58%.

It has been said that the fraud has not been effectively proven yet, nor that Oswald was not the only shooter, I would say, but that is not the real problem. The issue here is that the ruling elite kept in power by force and I think that any reflection on Mexico today should have that as starting point, not so much as a probable conclusion.

It is obvious that this approach is only possible for those who see the reality as it is and say it whatsoever. I know it is not an easy task but this is not just a moral issue, it is a vital discussion that sooner o later must take place for the future of this nation, our own future.




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