Category: Mexico

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 →

The Culture of Impunity

The following article was written by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, and originally published in Spanish on April 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.       Historically, but in particular during the last thirty years, the decomposition of politics and business in Mexico has not… Read more →

Time For New Politics

The following article was written by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, and originally published in Spanish on March 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.     The AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor), which represents 13.5 million worker members from leading trade unions, led… Read more →

Who Defends Mexico?

 The following article was written by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, and originally published in Spanish on Thursday April 2nd, 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.   There are two key factors affecting the future of national industry and economic activity. The irresponsible provocation of disputes… Read more →

Confronting the Crisis with the Unification of the Labour Movement

The following article was written by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, and originally published in Spanish, on January 22nd, 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. It’s time for a radical change in our way of thinking. Profound changes in the political, economic and social strategies of… Read more →

2014, Chronicle of Truth

The following article was written by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, and originally published in Spanish on December 11th, 2014 in La Jornada, Mexico City’s leading daily newspaper, considered by many scholars as one of the last remaining independent newspapers in the Americas.     2014 has been one of the most prolific years in terms of advances and achievements made by the National… Read more →