Mexico

Tens of thousands of striking Matamoros, Mexico workers march to border to appeal to US workers

By Alex González, 22 January 2019

Workers gathered at the border crossing between Matamoros, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas to appeal for international support.

22 January 2019

Matamoros strike threatens to shut down North American auto industry

By Eric London, 21 January 2019

The corporate media are blacking out coverage of the largest strike in North America in the last two decades.

Workers call for election of committees

Auto companies scared, parts run low across North America as strike grows in Matamoros, Mexico

By Andrea Lobo and Alex González, 19 January 2019

The struggle by Maquiladora workers has reached a crucial point in which workers must take the struggle away from the trade unions, and appeal to their class brothers and sisters across North America and beyond.

Amid media blackout, workers expand strike

Matamoros, Mexico strike of over 70,000 workers enters sixth day

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 18 January 2019

The strike at Matamoros is being blacked out by the corporate media because the ruling class is terrified of the prospect of workers uniting internationally in the fight for social equality.

“Those workers are setting an example, they are starting a movement”

Canadian and US autoworkers voice support for striking maquiladora workers in Mexico

By Shannon Jones, 18 January 2019

The striking workers in Mexico include many employed by US and global auto parts suppliers who rely on their labor to fuel their massive profits.

Mexican strikers show working class answer to capitalist reaction at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 17 January 2019

At the US-Mexico border, the two chief social classes under capitalism—the capitalist class and the working class—are demonstrating the two alternatives for the future of mankind.

Mass strike enters fifth day in Matamoros, Mexico

Thousands gather at mass meeting as maquiladora strike grows

By our reporters, 17 January 2019

Despite threats of mass firings and plant closures by the employers, over 70,000 striking workers are advancing their fight against social inequality.

Mexican, US workers exchange statements of support as Matamoros strike grows

By our reporters, 16 January 2019

The massive citywide strike is expanding today in Matamoros, Mexico as the union and employers failed to meet the workers’ demands.

Rebellion in Matamoros, Mexico

70,000 workers strike at US-Mexico border sweatshops

By Alex González and Eric London, 15 January 2019

Workers are waging a struggle against the pro-company trade union and the brutal “maquiladora” sweatshops across the US-Mexico border.

López Obrador proposes austerity budget, creates free economic zone at the border

By Alex González, 3 January 2019

The funding package is characterized by a massive increase in military spending and negligible funds for social programs.

Nissan to lay off 1,000 Mexican autoworkers

By Alex González, 24 December 2018

The layoffs will have a devastating effect for tens of thousands of autoworkers and are part of a larger restructuring of the auto industry.

Central American asylum seekers forced to wait for months at US-Mexico border

By Norisa Diaz, 19 December 2018

WSWS reporters spoke with a number of Honduran immigrants in Tijuana who have fled poverty, extortion, and death threats from gangs in their home country.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma: Art and struggle

By Rafael Azul, 17 December 2018

Roma is a sensitive portrait of a family breaking apart in the broader context of a social crisis. It follows Cleo, a Mixtec Indian, as she performs her daily chores, which include caring for the family’s four children.

Mexico’s new president to grant amnesty to those who profited from corruption

By Don Knowland, 6 December 2018

López Obrador has backtracked on one of his principal campaign pledges.

López Obrador’s rise in Mexico sets stage for explosive class struggles

By Eric London, 4 December 2018

AMLO’s proposed policies, packaged in pseudo-populist verbiage, make clear that the aspirations of his voters will soon be shattered.

San Diego workers and youth speak out in defense of refugees at US-Mexico border

By our reporters, 4 December 2018

American and Mexican citizens alike defended the migrant caravan and condemned the tear gas fired by the Border Patrol.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador inaugurated as new president of Mexico

By Alex González and Don Knowland, 3 December 2018

Popular illusions in promises by the new president to end decades of poverty and oppression in Mexico will crash against his limited, bourgeois program.

Central American migrants facing horror on US border

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2018

The deliberate confinement of thousands of refugees—men, women and children—under desperate conditions is a crime against humanity.

Mexico’s Lopez Obrador embraces military on eve of presidential inauguration

By Don Knowland, 1 December 2018

The policies that have been articulated by the incoming president and his team reveal what will be a thoroughly right-wing bourgeois administration.

The military-police assault at San Ysidro

Defend immigrant workers from state violence!

By Eric London, 27 November 2018

The Socialist Equality Party (US) condemns the US government’s military operation at the US-Mexico border Sunday as a horrific crime against humanity.

US and Mexican officials stoke up nationalist backlash against immigrants

By Norisa Diaz, 22 November 2018

Following an anti-caravan demonstration on Sunday in Tijuana, Border Patrol closed down the San Ysidro Port of Entry Monday morning, leaving tens of thousands in panic, in an effort to stoke up anger and confusion.

As Mexican-president elect prepares to take office

López Obrador backtracks campaign promises, creates new National Guard

By Alex González, 22 November 2018

His administration will accelerate the militarization of the country and intensify the ties between the government and the financial elite.

Amidst talk of US auto industry consolidation UAW pushes economic nationalism ahead of 2019 contracts

By Shannon Jones, 19 November 2018

The United Auto Workers has responded to the threat to jobs by aligning itself ever more closely with the Trump administration's America First nationalism and protectionism.

Migrant caravan reaches US border as Latin American governments discuss austerity and repression

By Andrea Lobo, 17 November 2018

As the first caravan of mostly Honduran migrants begins to arrive at the US border, local elites met at the Ibero-American Summit, vowing deeper social austerity and militarized repression.

Asylum ban: Trump eliminates right to asylum for immigrants crossing without documentation

By Eric London, 9 November 2018

The decision is the most significant restriction on immigration in decades. It will cause hundreds of thousands of deportations, and send countless immigrants to their deaths.

After new Mexico City airport is canceled, López Obrador rushes to reassure finance capital

By Alex González, 8 November 2018

The incoming AMLO administration made clear that all investments would be secured, while doing nothing to address the capital’s water crisis.

Mexican police shoot and kill 26-year-old immigrant as repression intensifies along Mexico-Guatemala border

By Andrea Lobo, 30 October 2018

Despite the US threats and the militarized operations by the Guatemalan and Mexican governments, thousands of Central American migrants continue to leave.

“Migrants are not criminals, we are international workers!”

The migrant caravan and the fight to unite the international working class

By Eric London, 23 October 2018

The caravan is proving that the division of the world into nation states under capitalism is incompatible with the aspirations and material needs of billions of workers.

Central American caravan reaches Mexico chanting “We are international workers!”

By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2018

The caravan is becoming a symbol of working class internationalism and is being denounced by every government in North and Central America.

Mexico: Fifty years since the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre

By Don Knowland, 6 October 2018

For five decades the Mexican state has engaged in violence in order to crush political and social opposition, regardless of the political party in power.

Trump touts tariffs and trade war following NAFTA renegotiation

By Roger Jordan, 2 October 2018

The revised trade pact forges a US-led North American protectionist trade bloc in preparation for economic and military conflict with Washington’s global rivals, above all China.

López Obrador promises Truth Commission in disappearance of Ayotzinapa students

By Don Knowland, 1 October 2018

Any new investigation will inevitably face limits, including the role of the army in the events and its coverup.

Massive student protests hit Mexico City universities

By Don Knowland, 11 September 2018

Students denounced attacks by violent right-wing student shock groups directed by politicians and authorities.

Trade tensions increase as US-Canada talks miss deadline

By Nick Beams, 1 September 2018

Trump warned that if Canada did not agree to US terms “the easiest thing we can do is tariff their cars coming in,” a threat which he repeated in remarks yesterday.

The assault on immigrants becomes the assault on citizens

US citizens along southern border denied passports, accused of fraudulent birth certificates

By Renae Cassimeda, 1 September 2018

American citizens born in the Southwestern border regions are being accused of having fraudulent birth certificates and denied passports.

US-Mexico trade pact takes aim at Washington’s rivals and the working class

By Keith Jones, 29 August 2018

Trump’s push to refashion the Canada-US economic and military partnership to better serve Washington and Wall Street has thrown the Canadian ruling elite into a historic crisis.

On eve of strike deadline for 9,000 VW workers

Mexican farmers blame Volkswagen for drought near assembly plant

By Alex González, 18 August 2018

To guarantee their demands for high wages and fully funded social services, autoworkers and farmers are each other’s most natural allies.

Mexican president-elect promises one-time electricity debt forgiveness

By Alex González, 7 August 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised limited relief to a single state while seeking to hide the appointment of a figure who helped carry out fraud in the 1988 presidential elections.

Mexico: Goodyear fires workers for forming independent union

By Alex González, 21 July 2018

About 50 workers were fired in retaliation for a strike action that took place in April against the company’s “protection union” contract.

Mexican president-elect assembles right-wing cabinet

By Alex González, 14 July 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador has selected establishment figures to reassure the ruling elite that their interests will be defended.

Mexican president-elect López Obrador embraced by Mexico’s business titans

By Don Knowland, 6 July 2018

Now that AMLO has won the election, he and Mexico’s most powerful business heads are going out of their way to promise they will work together for the “greater good.”

US ruling class takes measure of AMLO’s victory in Mexico

By Bill Van Auken, 4 July 2018

All three major US newspapers “of record” responded with the same fear, not of López Obrador, but rather of the tens of millions of Mexicans who voted for him.

Mexico’s election deals devastating blow to old ruling parties

By Don Knowland, 3 July 2018

The sweep by López Obrador and his MORENA-led coalition is a debacle for the PRI, which governed the country from 1929 to 2000, and again for the last six years.

Massive victory for Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexican elections

By Rafael Azul, 2 July 2018

The large support for AMLO and his Morena party is the product of widespread hostility to poverty, inequality, corruption and the militarization of society.

An interview with Mexican documentarian Juan Francisco Urrusti, director of In Exile: A Family Film

“The world should not be closing itself in—my father’s struggle was against all walls.”

By Kevin Mitchell, 2 July 2018

The WSWS spoke recently with the director of In Exile: A Family Film, a film about the Spanish Civil War and its consequences.

The elections in Mexico and the political tasks of the working class

By Bill Van Auken, 30 June 2018

The coming to power of López Obrador will yield not a way out of the current crisis, but rather its sharp intensification.

Lopez Obrador maintains large lead in Mexican presidential election polls

By Don Knowland, 27 June 2018

Morena and its coalition could sweep Congress, and threaten the continued viability of other parties.

Mexican teachers union ends “indefinite strike” of 80,000 teachers on the eve of national elections

By Alex González, 27 June 2018

The teachers struck as part of a continuing struggle for the repeal of the 2013 national education legislation.

Parents of 43 disappeared Mexican students demand reopening of investigation

By Rafael Azul, 12 June 2018

A panel of judges found that the original investigation of the Ayotzinapa case was incomplete and fraudulent.

Mexico responds to Trump’s trade war measures with tariffs on US goods

By Rafael Azul, 9 June 2018

Retaliating against US steel and aluminum import tariffs, the government of Mexico imposed tariffs on 71 products exported by the United States.

Mexican presidential candidate López Obrador reaches understanding with business magnates

By Don Knowland, 8 June 2018

After months of charges and countercharges, the overwhelming favorite to win the Mexican presidential election and the representatives of big business declared a truce.

So far from God, so close to the United States…

The second Mexican presidential debate and the crisis of bourgeois rule

By Rafael Azul, 24 May 2018

This second debate indicates, more clearly than the first, that there is nothing here for Mexican workers.

Over 100,000 teachers march in Mexico, warn of “indefinite strike”

By Alex González, 21 May 2018

Spanning from the Yucatan peninsula to northern Mexico, the protests represent another expression of the international struggle by teachers in 2018.

Strike breaks out at Goodyear factory in central Mexico

By Alex González, 9 May 2018

About 600 workers went on strike to demand the right to form their own union.

Mexican ruling class working out response to López Obrador’s lead in election polls

By Don Knowland, 7 May 2018

Heated charges and political maneuvers dominated Mexico’s electoral campaign last week as the “left” bourgeois candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador kept a 20 point lead in the polls.

First presidential debate

Mexican presidential candidates call for increased police and military activity

By Rafael Azul and Don Knowland, 3 May 2018

The debate took place in the wake of the grisly killing of three film students by gang members in Jalisco.

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 2

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 1 May 2018

The US military-intelligence apparatus is integrating the largest technology and Internet companies to tighten the US stranglehold over Latin America.

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 1

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 28 April 2018

The United States is now engaged in advanced efforts to exploit data on every voter in the country, as well as user data from Google and the social media companies, to influence the elections of its southern neighbor.

Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border

By Michael Anders, 18 April 2018

The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.

Ahead of Mexican elections, social media companies, corporate press launch censorship operation

By Alex González, 5 April 2018

The #Verificado2018 campaign was launched to allegedly protect voters from Russian meddling in the upcoming July 1 general elections.

Mexico’s leading presidential candidates genuflect before bankers

By Don Knowland, 13 March 2018

Supposedly left populist candidate López Obrador assured bankers he will not undermine their interests if elected.

Nissan layoffs impact 550 workers at Cuernavaca, Mexico assembly plant

By Alex González, 12 March 2018

The layoffs will have a ripple effect through the area, affecting the region’s production of tires, auto parts, and transportation of finished cars.

Transnational beer corporation creates water crisis in northern Mexico

By Alex González, 10 March 2018

Constellation Brands set up beer manufacturing plants in drought-prone cities and is threatening the region with a water crisis.

Mexico: The most dangerous country for journalists outside of war zones

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 6 March 2018

The growing number of disappearances and targeted killings of journalists has made Mexico the most dangerous country for the press outside of war-torn areas

Presidential frontrunner López Obrador backs off threat to undo Mexican oil privatization

By Don Knowland, 2 March 2018

It is now clear that AMLO’s past campaigns against opening up Mexico’s oil industry to foreign interests were little more than political showboating.

Mexican election season begins

Part Two: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s bankrupt third run for Mexican president

By Don Knowland, 22 February 2018

In 2018, Andres Manuel López Obrador is running the most right-wing, nationalist and explicitly anti-socialist of any of his three campaigns for the Mexican Presidency.

Mexican election season begins

Part One: Corrupt major parties struggle for legitimacy in 2018 Mexican election

By Don Knowland, 21 February 2018

Amid the growth of social opposition, the widely-hated traditional parties in Mexico are increasingly reliant on eclectic electoral alliances.

APTIV autoworkers in northern Mexico are close to a strike

By Alex González, 8 February 2018

More than 4,000 autoworkers are fighting for a better salary and working conditions.

Demands for US intervention against “Russian meddling” in Mexico’s presidential election

By Alex González, 2 February 2018

Russia is accused of using social media to help “left” presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Asia-Pacific trade bloc reshaped, without the US

By Mike Head, 25 January 2018

The “TPP 11” announcement points to the increasing isolation of the US, and the escalating tensions between the rival capitalist powers.

Diego Rivera in the Soviet Union: An exhibition in Mexico City

By Alex González, 12 January 2018

The current show in Mexico City focuses on Rivera’s two visits to the USSR in 1927-28 and in 1955-56. It contains many remarkable items.

Up to three times more immigrants die crossing US-Mexico border than previously reported

By Trévon Austin, 28 December 2017

A USA Today investigation reveals that up to 27,000 may have died in the desert between the US and Mexico over the past 20 years.

Mexico’s Interior Security Law: The ruling class prepares for mass uprisings

By Alex González, 11 December 2017

The Interior Security Law is being advanced to crack down on protests and to prepare for possible military intervention in next year’s presidential elections.

Trump denounces acquittal of California immigrant

By David Brown, 4 December 2017

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was acquitted of murder in a case Trump had made central to his anti-immigrant presidential campaign.

Union thugs kill two striking mineworkers in Mexico

By Alex González, 27 November 2017

Around 800 mineworkers refused to be a part of the CTM, arguing that it “does not defend our rights and betrays us, offends us, assaults us, and threatens us.”

Thousands continue to suffer in the wake of Mexico’s earthquakes

By Don Knowland, 18 October 2017

The September earthquakes revealed the criminality of the Mexican oligarchy and make a mockery of the president's paean to national solidarity.

Trump threatens to jettison NAFTA, as trade disputes intensify

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 13 October 2017

The collapse of NAFTA would mark a new stage in the eruption of 1930s-style “beggar they neighbor” trade conflicts.

As CAMI strike continues, Unifor sheds crocodile tears for Mexican workers

By Carl Bronski, 5 October 2017

Dias does not explain how his supposed concern for the plight of Mexican workers squares with the union’s demand that GM lay off workers in Mexico before any workers at CAMI.

Binational workers speak out during the San Diego-Tijuana border closure

By Norisa Diaz, 28 September 2017

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers at the US/Mexico border during the closure last weekend of the busiest border crossing in the world.

Death toll in Mexico City earthquake reaches 286

By Don Knowland, 23 September 2017

As in the hugely inadequate response of the US government to the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida, most rescue and aid efforts after the Mexican quake fell to working class volunteers.

Death toll rises in Mexico City earthquake

By Alex González, 21 September 2017

The working class has mobilized to lead rescue efforts through its own self-sacrifice and solidarity.

Working men have no country

Interviews from the San Diego/Tijuana San Ysidro border crossing as closure looms

By Norisa Diaz, 21 September 2017

The WSWS recently spoke to workers who cross the US/Mexico border daily or weekly, which bisects all aspects of their social life.

More than 140 dead and counting as a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocks Mexico City

By Andrea Lobo, 20 September 2017

Less than two weeks after an earthquake killed 99 people in southern Mexico, another quake has left widespread death and destruction in the continent's largest metropolis.

Mexico earthquake death toll climbs to 98

By Andrea Lobo, 18 September 2017

This historic event has exposed conditions of staggering inequality, deteriorated social infrastructure and corrupt negligence on the part of the ruling elites.

Strong earthquake shakes Mexico and Central America, killing at least 61

By Rafael Azul, 9 September 2017

By far the most damage was concentrated in Juchitan de Zaragoza, a city of more than one hundred thousand, the third largest in the state of Oaxaca.

What is behind the 57-hour San Diego/Tijuana border closure and renovation?

By Norisa Diaz, 6 September 2017

The expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing is not to improve the lives of working people, but to allow for the more efficient exploitation of their labor by multinational corporations.

Ten percent of Mexican families earn two thirds of country’s income

By Alex González, 23 August 2017

The study lays bare the degree to which financial corporations, many from the US, dominate every aspect of life in Latin America.

Trump administration stakes out hardline trade position as NAFTA talks begin

By Roger Jordan, 19 August 2017

Washington is seeking to refashion the agreement as a template to pursue Trump’s economic nationalist “America first” agenda against its chief rivals, China and Germany.

“The rich have all the resources and the money but still so many are struggling”

Leader of group of deported US veterans in Mexico speaks out

By Norisa Diaz and Renae Cassimeda, 18 July 2017

Thousands of veterans have been deported following minor crimes often linked to trauma incurred during their military service.

Mexican government uses malware to spy on journalists and political opponents

By Alex González, 5 July 2017

The software collects all communications of a targeted phone if the recipient opens a malicious link sent via text message.

Reports of fraud continue in State of Mexico gubernatorial election

By Alex González, 14 June 2017

Allegations of vote buying, illegal campaign spending, and inconsistencies tallying up the vote cast doubt on the PRI’s narrow victory.

Mexican ruling party narrowly wins major state election

By Alex González, 7 June 2017

The PRI narrowly defeated its “left” challenger in a race widely seen as a prelude to next year’s presidential election.

Washington seeks greater crackdown on the Central American working class

By Andrea Lobo, 12 May 2017

The US secretary of Homeland Security outlined a Central America policy focusing on deterring migration and militarizing the region in preparation for social upheavals and war.

Ten dead in confrontation between civilians and the military in Puebla, Mexico

By Alex González, 11 May 2017

Over 500 civilians blocked a major highway to protest a military intervention over alleged oil theft in Puebla, Mexico.

May Day 2017

The fight for socialist internationalism in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017

The overall impact of Castroism, and, even more decisively, that of the revisionist tendencies which promoted it, was to hold back the socialist revolution.

Trump steps up trade war over NAFTA

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2017

The Trump administration has signalled that it will take an aggressive economic nationalist stance in negotiations on NAFTA after making moves to withdraw altogether.

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910–1950—a significant exhibition

By Gary Alvernia, 28 April 2017

The radicalization of Mexican artists led to the creation of powerful and engaging works that expressed the faith of the artistic community in the revolution of the masses.

Mexican president calls criticism of military “inadmissible and unacceptable” in speech before 32,000 soldiers

By Alex Gonzalez, 6 April 2017

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto adressed an audience of 32,000 members of the Armed Forces to condemn criticisms of the military.

Mexican government to vote on law expanding domestic military operations, authorizing mass spying

By Alex Gonzalez, 11 March 2017

The Interior Security Law will legalize the military’s role in domestic security operations and set the framework for mass spying on the Mexican population.