Author: Napoleon Gomez

Remembering the Tragedy at Pasta de Conchos

Today, February 19th of 2016, marks a decade since the tragic loss of 65 miners in a devastating, but preventable, explosion at the Pasta de Conchos mines, in San Juan de Sabinas, Coahuila. Though the national miner’s union filed multiple complaints, and protested the hazardous work conditions, Grupo México refused to comply and provide a safe work environment. The neglect on Grupo… Read more →

Everyday Justice

Everyday Justice by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia Published Thursday, 14th January 2016 In the context of the negotiations over the Transpacific Trade Partnership (TTP), the new free trade agreement with the European Union, the pressures from the United States and the demands on global unions and Mexican democratic unions, the government has taken a series of actions to clean up Mexico’s… Read more →

The Real Democracy that Mexico Needs

A brilliant political philosopher named Montesquieu once said that “when virtue, the basic principle of democracy, disappears the corruption of democracy begins and the republic is at risk of collapse.” On paper, true democracy is defined as a form of state government where the power lies in its people. Ideally, it should uphold a society that respects human rights, exercises… Read more →

Can Prosperity Lead to Equality?

Conceptually, an increase in productivity should reflect an increase in improved salaries, which will in turn increase market demand. So how is it that in the last 30 years the economy growth has actually generated an even greater inequality? Because as the Nobel laureate and professor in economic sciences, Joseph Stiglitz, explained during the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development… Read more →

Immigration & the International Community

Early September 2015, the photo of a lifeless three-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi,  who drowned off the coast of Turkey, once again reminded the international community about how we are failing to help migrants fleeing their countries in search of hope, opportunity, and safety. Aylan, his brother, and his parents were promised a motorboat for a trip from Turkey to… Read more →

The Abuse of Workers’ Rights in Mexico

The following article was written by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia and published on March 8th, 2015 in La Jornada, Mexico City’s leading daily newspaper considered by many scholars as one of the last remaining independent newspapers in the Americas. The Abuse of Workers’ Rights in Mexico Napoleón Gómez Urrutia Thursday, 8th March 2015 President Enrique Peña Nieto’s state visit to Great Britain concluded, and… Read more →

Cynicism as a Form of Government

The following article was written by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia and published on February 19th, 2015 in La Jornada, Mexico City’s leading daily newspaper considered by many scholars as one of the last remaining independent newspapers in the Americas. Cynicism as a Form of Government Napoleón Gómez Urrutia Thursday, 19th February 2015 The growth model that was introduced in Mexico a little more… Read more →

Goméz Sada’s exemplary fight for decent work and salaries

The following article was written by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia and published on October 8th, 2015 in La Jornada, Mexico City’s leading daily newspaper considered by many scholars as one of the last remaining independent newspapers in the Americas. Goméz Sada’s exemplary fight for decent work and salaries Napoleón Gómez Urrutia Thursday, 8th October 2015 On 10 November we will pay tribute to… Read more →

81 Years of the Miners’ Struggle

The following article was written by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia and published on Thursday July 16th, 2015 in La Jornada, Mexico City’s leading daily newspaper considered by many scholars as one of the last remaining independent newspapers in the Americas. 81 Years of the Miners’ Struggle On 11 July 1934, the 27 regional unions in attendance, gathered together from the mining, metalwork and… Read more →