Meditation Focus #9: A CRUCIAL ELECTION IN MEXICO


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What follows is the ninth Meditation Focus suggested by the Global Meditation Focus Group for the week beginning Sunday July 2.

A CRUCIAL ELECTION IN MEXICO

1. Summary
2. Meditation Times
3. More on the situation in Mexico




1. SUMMARY

With its national elections this coming Sunday, July 2nd, Mexico is coming at a historic crossroad with three crucial issues facing this nation of 100 million people:

i) The PRI which has been the longest ruling party anywhere in the world is now faced with a credible opposition that has a good chance to win if they unite and the election is fair;

ii) The population in the state of Chiapas is risking further violence from military and paramilitary forces that have set the stage for a final showdown with the rebellious Zapatista movement if the PRI is re-elected;

iii) Mexican migrants trying to enter illegally in the U.S. in search for a way out of utter poverty are being hunted down by some U.S. ranchers and have been forced by beefed-up border patrols elsewhere to try the most dangerous entry route through the Nevada desert, with many dying in the process.

Please hold in your heart and mind a vision of freedom, justice, and equality in Mexico and the manifestation of the perfect plan that Spirit has for this country through this crucial period in its evolution. May Peace prevail in Mexico, for the highest good of all.




2. MEDITATION TIMES

i) Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes with a special Earth Healing Focus in the last few minutes.

ii) Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever it better suits you.

These times below are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT: Honolulu 06:00 -- Los Angeles 09:00 -- Denver & San Salvador 10:00 -- Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 11:00 -- New York, Toronto, Montreal, Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 -- Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 13:00 -- Reykjavik & Casablanca 16:00 -- London, Algiers & Lagos 17:00 -- Geneva, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg & Madrid 18:00 -- Athens, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Nairobi & Istanbul 19:00 -- Moscow & Baghdad 20:00 -- Tehran 20:30 -- Islamabad 21:00 -- Calcutta & New Delhi 21:30 -- Dhaka 22:00 -- Rangoon 22:30 -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 23:00 -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing & Kuala Lumpur 00:00+ -- Seoul & Tokyo 01:00+ -- Brisbane, Canberra & Melbourne 02:00+ -- Wellington 04:00+

(+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time)




3. MORE ON THE SITUATION IN MEXICO

As Mexico enters the new millennium it faces a critical test in its transition to democracy: Will federal elections on July 2nd contribute to democratic transformation, or will these elections reinforce traditional one-party dominance?

By some calculations, the 2000 election will be the most competitive in Mexico's modern history. Hard-won reforms have made it possible for opposition parties to challenge the ruling party's 70-year hold on the presidency. Opposition parties have already gained control of state legislatures, mayor's offices, governorships, and the lower house of the national Congress. Opposition leaders run the nation's capital and most important urban centers. With these victories, the opposition has gained the governing experience necessary to present a credible alternative to the longest ruling party anywhere in the world, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI).

At the same time, a violent war against the new mayans is held in the state of Chiapas, and after six years the government have not shown any will to find a solution, and it appears that the atrocities are increasing every day. On the eve of the presidential elections the situation has grown to a critical juncture. Military and paramilitary forces are setting the stage for a final showdown with the rebellious Zapatista movement.

And on the Mexican border with the United States, where more than 1 million people succeed every year to cross into a new "land of prosperity" in their desire to flee a country where a third of the people live on $2 US a day or less, countless others face the life-threatening ordeal of walking across a very hot desert and evading the ire of independent-spirited, gun-toting residents in the borderlands of Arizona, Texas and New Mexico only to be faced with forced repatriation and dashed hopes.




Recommended URLs and news articles for more information

IMPORTANT: Please review the material and numerous relevant web links that have been compiled especially for this Meditation Focus at http://refcities.com/focusgroup/ComplementMexico.htm

i) Most recent News Updates on the status of the July 2nd election in Mexico

FROM: v
(June 27, 2000) In Mexico Ballots and Bullets

CLIP
As Mexico prepares to vote in its most competitive presidential election in seven decades of PRI rule, few places in the nation are under greater scrutiny than the impoverished, violence-prone state of Guerrero on the southwest Pacific coast. Many political leaders and analysts see this state as a yardstick for measuring Mexico's evolution toward a more open and lawful democracy.

Opposition parties say that although many problems remain, they have seen some improvement in the campaigns leading to Sunday's vote, even in Guerrero. The number of killings and attacks on opposition candidates and activists has declined. But while opposition candidates said they expect less fraud than in the past on election day, they allege that the ruling party is doling out as many preelection freebies--food, toys, housing materials--as ever.

CLIP

Valdez's PRD has issued campaign fliers listing 645 party officials and activists it says have been killed nationwide in political assassinations over the last dozen years--as many as two-thirds of them in Guerrero. The party has suffered so many killings, in fact, that it has established a widows and orphans fund to assist victims' families. Three PRD activists in Guerrero have been killed this election season and three others have disappeared, according to party officials.

"There is total impunity," said Rene Lobato, president of the state PRD. "Nobody is ever found responsible for the assassinations, and there's nobody in jail."

International human rights organizations have criticized the Mexican government repeatedly for failure to adequately investigate politically motivated killings and disappearances in Guerrero. Earlier this year, a U.N. report raised concerns "over the wide impunity enjoyed by people in positions of authority" here.

CLIP


FROM: http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/world/2000/0628/wor13.htm
(June 28, 2000) Outcome of Mexico's elections uncertain

CLIP

Mr Cardenas, trailing a distant third in opinion polls, has filled public squares and stadiums the length and breadth of the country, doggedly reiterating his vision of a more humane political system within the free-market economic model. "We haven't abandoned our principles and we're not looking for jobs," said Mr Cardenas, rejecting a call from fellow opposition candidate Vicente Fox, who urged him to drop out of the race and give him his votes. Mr Cardenas is widely believed to have won the presidential elections in 1988, when initial results gave him a lead over ruling party candidate Carlos Salinas. The computer system mysteriously crashed, only to recover several days later, ratifying Mr Salinas as president.

CLIP

FROM: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/latin_america/mexico_index.html
Politics in Mexico - includes interviews, analysis, and profiles of parties and politicians. From the PBS Online NewsHour.

FROM: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000627/wl/mexico_election_dc_8.html
(Tuesday June 27) Mexico Campaign Winding Up; Coercion Charges Mount

FROM: http://www.wola.org/mexbulletin1.html AND http://www.wola.org/mexbulletin1.html
Mexico Election Monitor 2000

FROM: http://www.ife.org.mx/wwwcai/notice.htm
International observers for federal elections

FULL COVERAGE AT: http://fullcoverage.yahoo.com/fc/World/Mexico/


ii) Suggested reading on the situation in Chiapas

FROM: http://www.chiapas2000.org/index1.html
Chiapas 2000 - objectives and strategies for solving the conflict.

FROM: http://burn.ucsd.edu/~ssady/
Chiapas: The Land, The People, The Struggle - an insider's look at the Chiapas conflict through the eyes of an AP photographer based there. Images and text.

FROM: http://www.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=1376
Chiapas Poised for Genocide - A Time of Urgency

FROM: http://www.criscenzo.com/jaguar/chiapas8.html
THE MAYANS DID NOT DISAPPEAR

FROM: http://burn.ucsd.edu/~ssady/story.html

Mexican government aggression expands against foreigners, press (April 12, 2000) The Mexican government's aggressive and vague campaign to remove all foreign human rights and health workers as well as journalists, in short anyone who may be able to bear witness to and draw attention to the next Mexican army offensive, has expanded to include representatives of the worlds largest media organizations. Here Mexican police beat up Associated Press photographer Pasqual Gorriz, who had gone to the airport in Tuxtla Gutierrez to photograph the illegal forced deportation of 12 foreigners, including three American's.


iii) More information on the situation at the US/Mexico border

FROM: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/articles/0,3266,47668,00.html

(JUNE 26, 2000) Border Clash - Private citizens are deputizing themselves as border patrollers to capture illegal aliens pouring across from Mexico in record numbers. CLIP
This anger against the growing flood of 1 million illegal immigrants a year is rising fast among independent-spirited, gun-toting residents in the borderlands of Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. Over the past three years, the number of illegals streaming across the border has remained constant. They come from Mexico, where a third of the people live on $2 a day or less, and from other countries where poverty, national disasters and political upheaval unleash an exodus of refugees. Since the early 1990s, the border patrol has partly sealed the California frontier with its operations "Hold the Line" and "Gatekeeper." But they did not deter the illegal immigrants and their "coyote" smugglers for long. Instead, the crackdown has driven them into the Southwestern deserts, where much of the land adjacent to the unfenced U.S.-Mexican border is privately owned by ranchers and rural residents.

CLIP

In Tucson, border patrol officials predict that the number of apprehensions this year will beat last year's record high of 470,000. Still, for every illegal who is caught, at least two others slip through to jobs in the U.S. that nobody else wants, as meatpackers, fruit pickers, gardeners and motel chambermaids. Even feisty ranchers like Barnett admit that one way of keeping trespassers off his land is to legalize entry to more immigrants. "If we decide we need them for jobs, it should be through a legal port of entry--not across my land," he says.

FROM: http://news.excite.com/news/ap/000606/09/desert-deaths
Heat Deaths on Arizona-Mexico Border

FROM: http://www.amnesty.ca/usa/border.htm
AI CANADA | USA Campaign Overview - The US Border Patrol

FROM: http://www.afsc.org/border/milbrdr.htm
Militarizing the Mexico-Us Border

FROM: http://www.wsws.org/news/1998/aug1998/ins-a20.shtml
Death on the US-Mexico border

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