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Wealth Rules

November 17, 2017

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Mexico’s presidents have manipulated the country’s economic policies to create millions of poor citizens and to support monopolies that ensure entrepreneurial wealth. In 1993 Carlos Salinas de Gortari confronted the country’s financial crisis and tumbling peso-to-the-dollar rate by assembling twenty-nine of Mexico’s wealthiest and most successful magnates and asserting that those assembled, being highly successful […]

The Tapestry

June 16, 2017

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Immigration: It’s not “a problem”, it’s many individual problems. Definitions  intended to be meaningful have lost  creditability. Illegals. Indocumentados. Green card holders. Enforcement. Repatriation. The governments of the United States and of Mexico generate statistics ad infinitum but the statistics are as vague as those accumulated to describe a geographical entity like, say, the state […]

Mere Simulation

March 25, 2016

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Mexican Education: A Mere Simulation http://newpol.org/content/mexican-education-mere-simulation by Robert Joe Stout March 19, 2016 Like many countries trying to wedge their way into economic prosperity Mexico has affirmed an emphasis on education but in practice has negated its importance. Recently passed constitutional reforms relegate educators to temporary employment controlled by the federal government and private investors […]

Who Can One Believe In?

December 17, 2015

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In Hidden Dangers published two years ago I described United States-Mexico relations as incoherent and asked Who then does one believe in?  The governments of both countries have relied on propaganda rather than factual analysis of what their programs have failed to achieve. The so-called war on drugs is a prime example. Simultaneously the government […]

Robert Joe Stout Interviewed by Kevin Cooper

October 25, 2015

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Kev’s Author Interviews Presents…      Robert Joe Stout                          Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico              A Short Bio        Author and journalist. Previous books about Mexico include Hidden Dangers, The Blood of the Serpent: Mexican Lives and Why Immigrants Come to America in addition to articles, reports, essays and creative nonfiction in dozens […]

In Mexico Constuction and Embezzlement Go Hand in Hand

July 26, 2015

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From Hidden Dangers, Mexico on the Brink of Disaster Throughout Mexico legislators and governors campaign on the merits of past and future highways, bridges, agriculture, and potable water, the federal government includes financing in its budget projections, the money is appropriated, but all too often the projects never are implemented because of incomplete tramites (required […]

Enrichment of the Few at the Expense of the Many

July 9, 2015

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Noam Chomsky revised the nineteenth century dictum “an intelligent minority has to govern an ignorant and meddlesome majority” by substituting “an elite technocracy” for “intelligent minority,” but he insisted that the same motives—enrichment of the few at the expense of the many—guided the neo-liberal oligarchs just as they had nineteenth century financial barons. Control of this […]