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Why The Worldwide “Occupy” Movement May Be Here To Stay

Op-Ed: The “Occupy” protests that took this past weekend across Europe could very well be here to stay – in large part because the David vs. Goliath standoff that is brewing on both sides of the Atlantic is neither typically right-wing nor typically left-

Why The Worldwide “Occupy” Movement May Be Here To Stay

MUNICH -- Globalization's children are waking up with a wave of protests that are going to resist the old lassoes used to rein them in. That's because this uprising cannot be dismissed as just a "left-wing" movement, even though the protestors are clearly expressing indignation about social inequality – a classic theme of the Left.

The protests are also being driven by a fatal feeling that governments are too weak, and that they're being choked and manipulated by the financial markets. The markets, in other words, are challenging government sovereignty, which is a typical conservative, right-wing theme. The bottom line is that people on the right and left are developing a shared position, which is that the marauders of the international financial economy need to be restrained.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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