Juan Guaidó is really shaking things up in Venezuela. Twenty years after the Bolivarian revolution was begun under Hugo Chávez, Guaidó, the 35-year-old opposition politician, has finally forced the government of Nicolás Maduro to play defense.
Nicolás Maduro’s lack of legitimacy lies at the very heart of the Venezuelan crisis. Why isn’t he the rightful president of the country? Well, for starters, the two elections he won (in 2013 and 2018) were fraudulent. On top of that, he has “killed hundreds of young people in the streets,” according to his former intelligence chief, Hugo Carvajal, and has used repression to crush his people and hold on to power. It’s no wonder Venezuelans call him “the usurper.”
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexicos new president, has gotten off to a fast start. This is a dramatic change from past administrations, but its no surprise, given that AMLO, as he is known, has been waiting for over 12 years for this moment. Now that hes in power, López Obrador hasnt hesitated to shake things up.
Being a journalist is a true privilege. In one week alone you can see the best and worst of a nation, as I did recently during a trip to Guadalajara, Tijuana and Mexico City. What began as a celebration of books ended with a reminder that deep inequality endures in Mexico.
The new Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is under no illusions when it comes to President Donald Trump and race. He told me so in 2017 during an interview. This means that the honeymoon between AMLO, as López Obrador is known, and Trump might be a short one.
President Enrique Peña Nieto’s tenure is coming to an end in Mexico, and he leaves a trail of the dead behind. He has certainly been the worst president in Mexico’s modern history, a statement that I base on data: Under Peña Nieto, more Mexicans were killed than under any other recent administration.
The dead can’t be hidden. They can’t be erased. Somebody knew them. They leave behind a void, photographs, memories. They can even come back to haunt us.
“Look, Ramos,” the woman said to me. She’d recognized me as the guy from TV as we waited for an elevator, and she had something to get off her chest. “I don’t watch the news anymore because all they do is talk about Donald Trump. I’m sick and tired of it. Please change the subject.”
President Donald Trump has once again denounced journalists as being the “enemies of the American people.”
It’s disturbing that Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico’s president-elect, has chosen Manuel Bartlett as one of his administration’s top officials. Bartlett is widely believed to be primarily responsible for the country’s presidential election fraud in 1988. I don’t understand López Obrador’s reasoning, and it’s inconsistent with the promises of change that he made during his campaign and since his election, more than a month ago.