June 5, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- Mexican President Vicente Fox has fans on both sides of the border. Jose GonzM-alez isn't one of them. While Mr. Fox was flying to Los Angeles to wrap up a three-state swing through Utah, Washington and California, the 39-year-old San Diego resident was also headed to the City of Angels aboard a train. A human rights activist who champions the cause of Mexico's beleaguered indigenous population, Mr. GonzM-alez wasn't intending to meet with Mr. Fox. For Mr. GonzM-alez, who came to the United States from Mexico illegally 25 years ago and went through the process to become a legal resident and then a U.S. citizen, the Fox presidency is a letdown.
February 10, 2005
SINCE HIS first term, President Bush has promised to craft an immigration agreement with Mexico that would provide U.S. employers with a steady stream of Mexican workers willing to fill low-wage jobs. Mexican President Vicente Fox supports the idea because it would provide Mexico's economy with much-needed remittances sent home by compatriots working stateside. Mr. Fox is still waiting for the agreement, and the delay has cost him politically. Having touted his good relationship with Mr. Bush, Mr. Fox now appears unable to deliver jobs to Mexicans eager to work in the United States without risk of arrest or deportation.
April 4, 2004
THE LAWLESSNESS infecting Mexico's criminal justice system can be summed up in two words: Ciudad Juarez. That's the city on the U.S.-Mexico border infamous for the unsolved murders of nearly 400 women, a third of whom had been sexually assaulted. But the deeper crime in these and other cases is the alleged complicity of law enforcement in the city's violence. Suspects have been tortured to confess. Police have been implicated in the drug trade. A lawyer was gunned down after accusing police of framing his client in the rape-murders.
July 6, 2003
Mexico City - Politics seemed to be the last thing on the minds of the motley crew of punks, tattoo artists and graffiti writers swigging beer at an outdoor festival in a poor Mexico City suburb. However, the political nature of the event suddenly became apparent with the arrival of the party's host: Ruben Mendoza, congressional candidate for the conservative National Action Party (PAN) of Mexican President Vicente Fox. Surrounded by an entourage of campaign workers, Mendoza marched into the festival and began exchanging high-fives with the young men in baseball caps and leather jackets, and earnestly studying the graffiti writers' colorful murals.
July 2, 2001
MEXICO CITY - A year ago, Antonio Tetzpa reveled in his job security. Tetzpa was the official hair stylist for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the party that had ruled Mexico for 71 years. The party had always been indistinguishable from the government; this included the use of the public treasury for party needs. So the party had money enough to pay Tetzpa a salary to cut its members' hair for free during last year's presidential campaign. The party was having to fight as never before in this campaign, but it had never lost a presidential election.
November 30, 2000
ON THE EVE of Vicente Fox's inauguration as president of Mexico, that nation's tomorrow promises hope and new beginnings. He is a breath of fresh air after 71 years of one-party rule. He offers radical possibilities but also new responsibilities. Mr. Fox is a former Coca-Cola executive who crusaded for power leading the National Action Party (PAN), which was in origin the Catholic Church party but is now the party of business. He reached beyond PAN in his Cabinet appointments and promises to improve the life and opportunities of the poor.