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“Neoliberalism: ideology and policy model that emphasizes the value of free market competition.” – Encyclopedia Britannica

In other words, our dear readers of this column, to my understanding, neoliberalism is a neo-liberal capitalist free trade system, and the objective of those who support such a system is to globalize such a model. The things in Mexico seem to be very complicated, but it is not so much when one gets to the bottom of how Mexico became what it is after getting its independence in 1821. From those days, the United States of North America, which was composed of 13 colonies, had its eyes on expanding its hegemony, not only over Mexico but over the entire Latin America and the Caribbean countries, which can be understood by considering the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 and also the thoughts expressed by the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, even before the constitution of that country was formed.

The intention to have full control over Mexico was already there, it only needed time for it to be accomplished. There are so many of us who give our support to the actual President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, through the different mediums of communication, and there are many of us who are also on the lookout on what will take place in Mexico, in light of the deportation of thousands and thousands of people who have been deported from the United States to Mexico on the basis of the U.S.’ assertion that they are criminals, which is untrue. The majority of these persons were hardworking people with families in the U.S. for many years. For the last 36 years, each time there was a change of government in Washington there was the assumption that the Mexican migratory status in the U.S. would have been fixed because, during the United States’ presidential campaign, it was always mentioned that that problem would be resolved, something that was never complied with. Instead, Washington had created a situation in the Triangle of Central America and other countries in the American continent where people for one reason or the other seek their human rights to be respected and which better place would they flee to, other than the nation that proclaims to the world that they are the inventors of the human rights concept.

However, let me go to what the President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, stated on December 1, 2018 when he took on the presidency. The first thing he did was to announce the death of the neoliberal economic model. I don’t know how those words were taken by Mexicans on a whole. He also mentioned that the 36 years of neoliberal policy in Mexico began with the former president Miguel de la Madrid and continued with Carlos Salinas de Gortari, also with Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Léon and remained with the Partido Acción Nacional governments of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon and with the return of the PRI to the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto. He also stated that there were six presidents of a six-year period, each of which had practiced the neoliberalism economic system. I don’t see how the actual president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, would be able to kill the neoliberal system when all the state-owned companies had been sold out to external corporations, the majority of them being of the United States of America.

Our dear readers of this column, I did not know that Mexico was sold out to the great imperialist nation of the world. It so happens that in my curiosity I was able to come across a study which was done by the Professor Emilio Sacristán Roy of the Faculty of Economics from the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico) under the heading “Privatizations in Mexico”, which gives you almost a full understanding of how Mexicans had stayed without their national enterprises. After reading such information, it is not surprising to understand the things or issues that have been taking place in Belize and those that are yet to come. To rephrase, what was said in the past, “IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES —THE BEST IS YET TO COME.”  Nevertheless, when we go back to what the President of the United States, Donald Trump, had justified regarding the economic sanctions that were about to be implemented against Mexico according to Forbes Mexico, May 31, 2019 it was stated that the US president said as follows: “For years, Mexico has not treated us fairly, but we are now affirming our rights as a sovereign country.” After Trump’s bark against little Mexico, AMLO hurriedly made a public invitation for governors of states, representatives of the legislative power and the community in a whole, to a meeting that was held on June 8, 2019, sometime in the evening at Tijuana, Baja California which is located at the border with the United States of America. He had said that there, he would answer Donald Trump. The speech that he gave is one that is historic and should be carefully analyzed because anyone of us could make a wrong interpretation, and of course as AMLO had said before, he “wants to maintain a political posture of respect, good neighborhood with fraternity with the U.S. government and its people.” It almost made me cry.

At that moment, Donald Trump was not in his country but was in the People’s Republic of China trying to discuss a way to solve a problem that he created, but the communist People’s Republic of China is not the United States of America’s backyard. The gringos do not control the Chinese. There, their conversation has to be very careful because it’s two giants and you would never expect the President of the People’s Republic of China to go to Washington’s border to beg pardon for the simple reason of existing. Let me go back to AMLO’s speech at Tijuana since I agree with his way of thinking when he said: “In consequence, we reaffirm our commitment to help prevent migrants from crossing the national territory to reach that of the United States, but we will never do so in violation of the human rights of travelers, starting with the right to life.” Nevertheless, let me remind you, our dear readers, that a document which was published in the Amandala under the title “MEXICO’S ACHIEVEMENT AND CHALLENGES IN HUMAN RIGHTS (2007-2010)”, outlines the  achievements that were made, including the different adjustments that were made to the constitution. Unfortunately, it is yet to be accomplished. While there is a presidential order by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that was put in law that the basic education in Mexico is free of cost at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, however, the cry of the mothers that have been complaining that the cost of education is very expensive is something that I think that the corresponding authority of each state should look into. Let me end by saying that even though I see it very difficult for the actual president of Mexico to be able to kill neoliberalism, I must admit that in a short period of 6 months he has complied, through policy and actions, with many of the points that he had put to the people when he took office.

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June 15, 2019
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