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Morena’s Hunt for a Presidential Successor

OPINION By RICARDO CASTILLO Old habits die hard! Mexico’s democratic political system is currently undergoing a return to an age-old political habit once known as “la sucesión” (“the succession”), in which one candidate was picked to replace the man in power. This succession routine became a political mainstay back in the days of one-party rule, and was ruthlessly enforced by

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Dirty Tricks Politics Afoot in Tamaulipas, Durango Gubernatorial Races

OPINION By RICARDO CASTILLO With four out of six state races for governor cleared, Mexico’s upcoming June 5 election is left to solve two main frays at the booths: Tamaulipas and Durango. Most pundits and polls agree that up ahead of schedule, the conservative National Action Party (PAN) will retain the central Mexican state of Aguascalientes, while the once-almighty centralist

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Six Mexican States Brace for June Gubernatorial Vote

By RICARDO CASTILLO A recent vote at Mexico’s lower house Chamber of Deputies denying President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the approval of his electricity reform left the impression that the country is politically  “polarized,” that is, evenly divided in two political factions. AMLO’s supporters at the chamber missed the two-thirds majority goal they needed to pass the reform, which

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Canelo Needs to Understand His Limitations

By RICARDO CASTILLO Maybe Mexican boxer Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez never saw the saga of movies on trigger-happy detective “Dirty Harry,” as wonderfully portrayed by that always-well-admired actor Clint Eastwood. In several of those movies, somewhere near the end, after beating an apparently unbeatable criminal, Dirty Harry would tell the previously invincible crook: “A man’s gotta know his limitations.” Bang! Actually,

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Portrait of Agustín de Iturbide, Mexico’s Other Great Liberator

By RICARDO CASTILLO Happy Mexican Independence Bicentennial Anniversary! Sure, most Mexicans still consider Sept. 16, 1810, as the nation’s Independence Day, but in point of fact, the country really gained its sovereignty more than 11 years later. And so, Monday, Sept. 27, is the day that Mexico as an independent nation actually turns 200. For all practical and festooning purposes,

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