Journalists like me who were born and worked in Latin America are well experienced with authoritarian leaders like Donald Trump.
Since Andrés Manuel López Obrador became president, 63,792 Mexicans have been murdered. There are no other details. That’s the Mexican government’s official figure on willful homicides from December 1 2018 to September 30 2020.
The image was made for television. Donald Trump had just landed in a helicopter on the White House lawn. He walked up the stairs to a balcony, and defiantly pulled off his mask.
It’s a fascinating question. How many people are needed for a protest that topples a dictator? Harvard political scientist Erica Chenoweth calculates that about 3.5 percent of a country’s population must join street protests to successfully bring down a dictatorship, according to a BBC interview.
For a moment, let us leave the dead from the pandemic and the violence in Mexico in peace. There will be time to speak about them.
LAS VEGAS — Deportations won’t get you Latino votes. This is a lesson Democrats have to learn.
It was midnight in Washington and the impeachment trial was still being broadcast. Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, complained about the lateness of the hour: Sure, the trial was important, he said, but many Americans were no doubt already asleep.
Last April I attended a “mañanera,” one of the morning news conferences the president holds every weekday, for the first time. I asked López Obrador (or AMLO, as he is known) about the incessant violence that has shaken Mexico for decades.
President Donald Trump is an imperfect head of state, to say the least. He has made sexist comments about women (some of which were infamously caught on tape), as well as racist remarks about Mexican, Haitian and African immigrants.
Presidents, former presidents and other politicians with even the slightest semblance of authority don’t like to be questioned. These people have let power go to their heads; they can’t even imagine that they might be wrong or that they should be held accountable.