Oct 12, 2011

U.S. - Mexico Relations: Ex-Mexico City mayor says U.S. must move relations past drug war

MiamiHerald.com: "Speaking just blocks from the White House, a fiery Mexican populist who narrowly lost his country's presidential election five years ago called Tuesday for a reboot of U.S.-Mexican relations, criticizing the Obama administration as failing to help immigrants and militarizing a historically strained bilateral relationship.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a former union leader and former mayor of Mexico City who's widely known by his initials, AMLO, called on Washington to "change priorities" and "substantially change" the way the two nations relate. He advocated direct economic development aid instead of the stepped-up military assistance the Obama administration has provided to combat drug trafficking.

... "In few words, the violence in Mexico (stems) fundamentally from the lack of development," he said, suggesting that the collapse of peasant farming and the lack of jobs leads young Mexicans into the drug trade or to emigrate in search of work north of the border."

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