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May 2001: "The new health minister, Julio Frenk, said that by the end of President Vicente Fox's six-year-term in 2006, the government hopes to establish similar mental health systems in every state and close its 18 government hospitals. He said that an estimated 15 million Mexicans suffered some mental illness or substance abuse problems and that most remained untreated."

January 2007: Mexico extradited a record 63 suspects to the United States in 2006. But the administration of President Vicente Fox, who left office Dec. 1, was criticized for failing to turn over large numbers of high-ranking drug lords.

January 2006: The leader of the Zapatista movement has promised a nonviolent movement and President Vicente Fox has guaranteed his safe passage as he visits all 31 states.

March 2005: Ana Maria Salazar, a political analyst in Mexico City, said that "if President Bush doesn't commute [the sentences], there could be a big backlash" for Mexican President Vicente Fox. She said that by raising the death penalty issue ahead of this month's meeting with Fox, Bush has taken what had been a dormant issue in Mexico and raised expectations of U.S. action.

August 2004: Newspapers such as Zeta of Tijuana wage fearless campaigns against corruption in high places. Proceso magazine and Reforma newspaper, which serve nationwide audiences, say they enforce a strict code of ethics. Freedom of expression has improved, analysts agree, since the 2000 election of President Vicente Fox, who ran on a platform of transparency and change.,1,1460524.story

July 2002: President of Mexico, the first non-PRI party leader in 70 years.


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Succeeded by President Felipe Calderón Person Feb 15, 2008
Opponent (past or present) Luis Mandoki Person Feb 26, 2008

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Feb 13, 2008 Mexican Rights Panel Called 'Disappointing': Report Cites Lack of Focus on Military

QUOTE: The Human Rights Watch report said abuses committed by the military against civilians "are rarely punished." The report ascribes part of the blame to Mexico's rights commission because it routinely turns over cases to military authorities who "have proven unable to properly investigate and prosecute human rights cases."

Washington Post
Dec 02, 2007 Film on Mexico’s Disputed ’06 Election Stirs Emotions

QUOTE: The new film, “Fraud, Mexico 2006,” lays out in detail the arguments of leftists who say the combination of a smear campaign and fraud at polling places swung the election to President Calderón. Mr. Mandoki got financial backing for the movie from Federico Arreola, a journalist, entrepreneur and close campaign adviser to Mr. López Obrador.

New York Times
Jan 21, 2007 U.S. Officials Laud Transfer Of Mexican Drug Suspects: Attorney General Calls Friday's Extraditions 'Unprecedented'

QUOTE: For years, U.S. officials have criticized Mexico as a sometimes-difficult partner in the war against drugs because of its reluctance to extradite top drug lords to the United States. Mexico has long refused to extradite suspects who might face the death penalty. In 2001, Mexico's Supreme Court also barred extraditions of suspects facing possible life sentences, which were considered "cruel and unusual punishment" here. But the court reversed itself in November 2005, clearing the way for higher-profile extraditions.

Washington Post
Sep 07, 2006 Letter From Mexico: Long History of Vote Fraud Lingers in the Mexican Psyche

QUOTE: After decades of one-party rule sustained by fraudulent elections, many Mexicans still deeply distrust their institutions and courts. But it is also because Mexicans have a very different notion of electoral fraud than voters in the United States, a notion that goes beyond stuffing ballot Mexico it is against the law for a president or any elected official to use public resources to campaign for his party’s candidate.

New York Times
Aug 29, 2006 Mexico’s Recount

QUOTE: For eight weeks, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made his claim of electoral fraud the basis for what threatens to become a permanent protest of Mexico’s presidential election...If he does not desist, his party, now the country’s second-largest, should decide that it is bigger than him and that its role is as opposition within, not outside, democratic processes.

New York Times
Aug 14, 2006 Mexican Leftist Remains Defiant as Recount Ends

QUOTE: As the courts completed a partial recount of votes in last month’s presidential election, the beleaguered leftist candidate vowed Sunday to keep up a campaign of civil disobedience against the government for years, if necessary, to protest what he sees as a fraudulent election.

New York Times
Jun 12, 2006 Mexico's Enforcers Take On Election-Year Mudslingers

QUOTE: Courts here have recently interpreted the broad language of the electoral law to give the institute the authority to ban any speech that besmirches a candidate's reputation or could cause a public disturbance. A result has been the creation of an electoral referee with enormous power.

New York Times
May 25, 2006 Mexico's Fox Urges Fairness for Immigrants: Touring the West, Mexican Leader Opposes Fence

QUOTE: Mexican President Vicente Fox is barnstorming the western United States this week, arguing against fencing off the U.S.-Mexico border and asking Americans for "decent treatment of our people."...And he spoke out repeatedly here against proposals to build fences along the border.

Washington Post
Jan 06, 2006 San Cristóbal Journal: A Masked Marxist on the Stump

QUOTE: ...a six-month national tour led by the man known as Subcommander Marcos has all the earmarks of a run-of-the-mill campaign for political office: slogans, chants, partisan songs, rallies large and small....Marcos, a captivating speaker who now calls himself Delegate Zero, even has a stump speech of sorts, in which he blames "savage capitalism" and the sins of the rich for everything from gay-baiting to racism to domestic violence.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2005 Citing Violence, 2 Border States Declare a Crisis

QUOTE: Citing a surge of smuggling and violence along the border, the governors of Arizona and New Mexico have issued state of emergency declarations in recent days, faulting the American and Mexican authorities and freeing up federal and state money to strengthen local law enforcement efforts.

New York Times
Mar 08, 2005 Mexicans on Death Row To Get Hearings: Bush Tells Texas Courts to Review Cases of 51 Denied Consular Aid

QUOTE: The Bush administration has announced that it will attempt to defuse a long-simmering international dispute over the death penalty by instructing Texas state courts to give 51 Mexicans facing the death penalty new hearings on their claims that they were denied meetings with diplomats from their nation, in violation of international law.

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2004 For Good Press, Slip 'Em Pesos: In Mexico, candidates and officials often pay hefty sums for positive news coverage. Much of the cash comes out of public funds.

QUOTE: In many ways, Mexican news media have come a long way since the long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, began loosening its grip on most facets of Mexican life more than a decade ago....But candidates and government officials from Chihuahua and Veracruz states, from Oaxaca and Nuevo Leon, say that many old corrupt practices, such as the convenio, remain in place. They say they have no choice but to enter into the deals with owners of local media or watch their careers or candidacies suffer from negative news coverage or neglect.

Los Angeles Times
Jul 15, 2004 Ex-Leader of Mexico May Be Prosecuted: Probe Centers on 1971 Student Massacre

QUOTE: A special prosecutor appointed by President Vicente Fox said he would decide in the next 10 days whether to bring criminal charges against former president Luis Echeverria involving a 1971 massacre in which security forces killed at least 30 young protesters in Mexico City.

Washington Post
Jan 09, 2004 U.S. Immigrant Labor Plan Leaves Mexicans With Doubts

QUOTE: Gamez's reaction to Bush's [immigration reform] proposal is typical of many in Mexico: enthusiasm tempered with deep reservations or outright skepticism.

Washington Post
Jan 07, 2004 Bush Would Give Illegal Workers Broad New Rights

QUOTE: Under Mr. Bush's proposal, which effectively amounts to an amnesty program for illegal immigrants with jobs in the United States, an undocumented worker could apply for temporary worker status here for an unspecified number of years, with all the employee benefits, like minimum wage and due process, accorded to those legally employed.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2003 Workers Falling Behind in Mexico

QUOTE: Millions of Mexican workers -- from wood craftsmen here in the hills of Michoacan state to hotel concierges on the beaches of Cancun -- have not recovered the income, purchasing power and quality of life they had before a devastating financial crisis hit this country in 1994 and 1995.

Washington Post
Jun 30, 2003 Apathetic Voters Seem Likely to Prolong Mexican Stalemate

QUOTE: The PRI still holds a plurality in the Senate and the lower House of Congress, and it has stymied Mr. Fox's proposals for changing Mexico at almost every turn....Mexico has the world's toughest term limits: no one at the federal level can be re-elected, not members of Congress, senators or presidents.

New York Times
Mar 22, 2003 Trade Brings Riches, but Not to Mexico's Poor

QUOTE: Free trade -- most famously NAFTA -- has failed to lift the country out of poverty...Instead, such policies have helped the upper classes and widened the divide between rich and poor.

Washington Post
Feb 07, 2003 Mexico's death-penalty juncture

QUOTE: Death-penalty opponents and lawyers at home and abroad say the US justice system is largely failing foreign nationals - as well as many poor Americans - charged with capital crimes.

Christian Science Monitor
Jan 31, 2003 Mexican farmers stage mass protest

QUOTE: ...the main beneficiaries of the rising Mexican exports have been large, corporate farms rather than the small-plot farms on which millions of Mexicans still live.


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