by the Real News Network.
Thousands of Mexicans Protest Alleged Elections Fraud
James Cockcroft: Mexican Elite will not allow Andres Lopez Obrador to be President
Why establishment media in the US is covering the Mexican election as if it was not stolen by the corporate-militarist right-wing candidate (b/c the establishment media in the US also skews election coverage to make the most money off of elections rigged by their coverage).
“. . .the student movement literally came out in the streets to protest against this TV channel, Televisa, and its candidate, Peña Nieto, saying that it was basically misreporting the news and leading people to vote for Peña Nieto because they didn’t know what López Obrador really stood for.
JAY: And part of the challenge—excuse me. Part of the challenge, if I understand correctly, from López Obrador is that this indirectly violated campaign financing laws. It amounted to, you know, millions of dollars of free advertising.”
And another reason why most NYTimes and other establishment media coverage of the ‘drug war’ is so skewed towards supporting on-going militarization (b/c establishment corporate and military interests of both corporate parties and the parties themselves (see Walter Karp’s excellent book, Indispensable Enemies – The Politics of Misrule in America) are benefited by this undemocratic system).
JAY: Elaborate a little bit more why you’re calling this a phony narco war.
COCKCROFT: Well, it turns out, according to the UN commission against drugs and crime, that the vast majority of money in the narcotrafficking is laundered by the six largest U.S. banks. And the amount of money they laundered in 2008, when so many of the major banks collapsed, was enough to bail them out. But the narcotrafficking is fundamental not only to the banks, and therefore to the survival of the U.S. economy, but to U.S. foreign policy, which uses the phony wars against narcotrafficking to destabilize countries and justify the creation of military bases in those countries, as it did in Colombia in the last 30 years and is beginning to do in Mexico, particularly in the last six years. Don’t forget, the narcotrafficking is the second biggest liquid capital flow going on in world trade and world economics.
JAY: Right. Now, is Obrador considered a serious threat to all of this, including the narcotrafficking?
COCKCROFT: López Obrador is considered a serious threat in Washington. Absolutely. Absolutely. Even though he’s guaranteed foreign investments and reassured foreign capital, he is considered a serious threat.”
“JAY: So what happens? If the election officials in Mexico and the Supreme Court and all the various process eventually validate this election, and millions of people think it was rigged, and the student movement has come alive and, as you described, has allied itself with workers and peasants and such, how does this movement respond to such a decision?
COCKCROFT: I can assure your listeners, Paul, that these movements will continue and they will grow, and they will grow rapidly. So stay tuned. You’re going to hear more from Mexico’s masses.”