‘A machine with no compassion’: Mexico’s former president on Trump’s divisive ‘f*** you’ politics

Mexico’s former president Vicente Fox has again lashed out at Donald Trump, decrying his divisive and confrontational approach to the whole world as ‘America is great, F*** the rest’ – even doubting the US president’s humanity.

“He doesn't seem to be a human being, he just looks like a machine, he doesn't have any compassion,” Fox told CNBC on Sunday, on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai.

In particular, Fox, who served as Mexico's president from 2000 to 2006, criticized Trump’s desire to build a wall of sorts between the two countries, stating that sowing division is the US President’s way-to-go with the entire world, as well as within his own country. If the US continues to pursue such policies it will be left with “nationalism, or a nation state that Trump is claiming, or walls to divide, or growing apart from the world and saying only America is great, and the rest, f*** you.”

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“That is the big, big problem of today, in the US, the divide. And when the leader is calling aggressive means for people, when the leader is not uniting, then you have this divide,” Fox stressed.

We don't need walls, we need bridges of understanding, bridges of sharing; that is exactly what must be done in the very immediate future

The former Mexican leader has repeatedly blasted Trump over his comments regarding Mexicans and harshly criticized the wall plans – especially Trump’s promises to make Mexico pay for it. Last April, he said that it was out of question, stating that his country would never pay “for that f***ing wall.” He also sported a T-shirt reading “Can't build a wall if your hands are too small,”referencing a popular meme about Trump.

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At one point, Fox even went as far as to compare Trump to Hitler, noting similarities in their manner of speech. He also said that it’s not just Mexicans who are offended by Trump, and accused him of confrontational foreign policies that insult “everybody” while the US leader is fighting with the “entire world.”

 

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Mexico, Uruguay Initiative for Venezuela Dialogue Begins

The International Contact Group meets today to kick off their talks on how to create a peaceful dialogue for the situation in Venezuela.

European and Latin American leaders will gather Thursday in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo to discuss plan to solve the deepening political situation in Venezuela, but will steer clear of direct intervention.

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The International Contact Group on Venezuela proposed by Mexico and Uruguay at the beginning of the U.S. back coup, will hold its inaugural meeting Thursday, laying out a more hands-off approach that is at odds with calls by the United States and right-wing Latin American governments for more intervention.

The gathering comes on the heels of a separate meeting of the harder-line Lima Group in Canada, which included the group of countries that support a coup in Venezuela.

The latest conflagration of tensions erupted when Juan Guaido, a lawmaker from Venezuela's National Assembly, a legislative body held in judicial contempt by the Supreme Court since 2016, illegally declared himself interim president on Jan.10.  

On the eve of the meeting on Wednesday, Mexico, Uruguay and Caribbean countries presented a plan for Venezuela, titled the “Montevideo Mechanism.”

“This is based on good faith, where we don’t intervene unless with dialogue, negotiation, communication and a willingness to contribute,” Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, told reporters in Montevideo, echoing comments made earlier this week.

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Second fuel pipeline explodes in Mexico

A pipeline in Mexico exploded while people were stealing fuel from it, near where a similar blast this month left 115 dead, an official said.

The new blast struck on Monday in the central state of Hidalgo, about 50km from the site of the explosion 10 days ago.

State governor Omar Fayad said there were no initial reports of anyone being injured in the latest explosion, in the town of San Agustin Tlaxiaca.

Fayad said people had been "milking" the pipeline.

Media broadcast footage of large flames billowing out of a punctured section of the line.

A similar blast on January 18 in the town of Tlahuelilpan happened after thieves punctured a gasoline pipeline and up to 700 people showed up to fill jugs and other containers.

Illegal pipeline taps are a dangerous but lucrative business whose players include powerful drug cartels and insiders from the state oil company Pemex.

Pilfered fuel costs on average about half the price of regular gasoline. It is estimated that such theft costs the country $3bn a year.

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Number Of Dead In Mexico Fuel Explosion Rises To 107

Mexico City, Mexico: The death toll from a fiery pipeline explosion in central Mexico reached 107 Thursday, the government announced, with 40 people also injured in the blast last week.

Last Friday, the fuel-line in Hidalgo state was deliberately punctured, drawing hundreds of people looking to gather gasoline before it ignited.

The disaster occurred as the government wages a huge effort to clamp down on fuel theft, which costs Mexico an estimated $3 billion in 2017.

So-called "huachicol" -- as the stolen fuel is known in Mexico -- costs about half of market price. 

Mexico is regularly rocked by deadly explosions at illegal pipeline taps, a dangerous but lucrative business whose players include powerful drug cartels and corrupt Pemex insiders.

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Cuba Expresses Condolences to Mexican People after Explosion

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez expressed his condolences to the government and people of Mexico, where a gas pipeline exploded and killed more than 50 people.

'Deep condolences to the Mexican people and government for the loss of human lives due to the pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo. I extend these condolences to the relatives of the victims,' Rodriguez posted on Twitter.

Some 66 people lost their lives and 76 were injured in the explosion.

After the incident on Friday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the program against gasoline theft will continue despite the unfortunate event.

It hurts very much that these practices have taken root in recent times in our country, because the images of people with buckets and drums to extract gasoline or diesel is an unfortunately matter that extended to the entire oil area through which pipelines passes, the statesman said.

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200 Indigenous Mexicans Violently Forced out of Vacant Lot

Over 200 Indigenous Mexicans who were displaced by poverty demand justice after being illegally and violently evicted from a temporary home. 

A rights group denounced the eviction of more than 200 displaced indigenous people from an empty lot in the municipality of Tlapa, Mexico, by a legal representative of the owner’s property.

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Constancio Sanchez Campos, the legal representative, showed up with two bulldozers and threatened the displaced indigenous people with evicting them by force unless they paid US$10.50 for each lot, reported Guerrero Digital.

The displaced people denounced Sanchez’s violent and illegal eviction without an official warrant.

“The perpetrators of the eviction burned the matresses that they [the indigenous people] were sleeping on, as well as their blankets, and the few beans and corn they had saved to eat, while all their belongings remain buried,” stated the Mountain of Tlachinollan Center for Human Rights.

Tlachinollan demanded an end to the violence against displaced people from the two municipalities and urged state intervention to protect the rights of, and guarantee the safety and relocation of the families.

On November 2018, more than 200 families displaced from their homes in the Cochoapa Grande and Metlatonocmade municipalities made the empty lot located in Colonia de Las Mesas their “provisional home,” according to Digital Guerrero.

“Our crops did not germinate, the lands we farmed did not yield, and our homes are in deplorable conditions. Our children are dying from vomiting and diarrhea for lack of medical attention,” said Nieve Mendoza Lorenzo, who forms part of the displaced indigenous people’s committee, according to Desinformemonos.

Mendoza added that displaced people’s children are unable to attend school for a lack of teachers.

These communities were hard hit by the Ingrid and Manuel storms in 2013, which greatly worsened their situation of poverty, and did not receive any help from the government, reported Desinformemonos.

This is not an isolated incident. Recently, Indigenous Mayan Chol people of San Jose el Bascan in Chiapas, southern Mexico, denounced a threat of eviction from their recovered territories by landowners hoping to sell the land.

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Seven Morena Leaders Murdered after Winning 2018 Elections in Mexico

Mexico, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) The assassination of Tlaxiaco Mayor Alejandro Aparicio Santiago, after taking office, has added up to seven Morena leaders killed after winning the July 1 elections, a consultancy agency reported.

The company Etelleki noted that these attacks occurred over the past six months and clarified that five of seven cases correspond to politicians elected under Morena, the movement turned into President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's party.

The other victims are Rosalio Gonzalez and Maria Ascension Cruz, council people in Armeria and Mazatepec. Both were assassinated by armed individuals on August 2 and December 30, respectively.

Yeidckol Polevnsky, leader of the Morena Movement, said that the 2017-2018 electoral process was the most violent in recent history, with 152 politicians assassinated, 37 of them from the winning party mainly in the state of Oaxaca.

The state prosecutor's office reported that the aggression against the Tlaxiaco mayor occurred while he was on his way to the city hall. He was shot along the way by armed men. As a result, four people were wounded and one was arrested. Aparicio Santiago died after receiving hospital attention.

Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat condemned the assassinations and asked the Attorney General's Office for an exhaustive investigation. Polevnsky called for clarification.

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Zapatistas Warn Mexico: 'We Won't Back AMLO Projects'

"It’s not easy to face political parties and bad governments are the current one: dishonest and deceitful,” said Subcomandante Moises.

Mexico's National Liberation Zapatista Army (EZLN) has declared it won’t allow the “death projects” of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in its territory, vowing to maintain autonomy based on Indigenous customs.

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“We will fight, we will face, we won’t allow him to come here with his destructive projects,” said Subcomandante Moises, without naming Lopez Obrador directly, at the closing ceremony of the 25th anniversary celebrations. “We don’t fear his National Guard, a name chosen instead of army.”

Supporters had been at Guadalupe Tepeyac, part of the autonomous territories, along with members and representatives of the EZLN and support bases discussing future steps in the anticapitalist revolutionary struggle.

They later moved to La Realidad, a meeting point for regional autonomous governments, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Zapatista armed uprising on January 1.

The government of Lopez Obrador proposed the creation of the National Guard, a 50,000-strong security force that will be trained and commanded by the military to carry out public security duties.

Detractors describe it as a move to perpetuate and legalize militarization in the country, while supporters argue it’s a necessary move.

Lopez Obrador had been a strong critic of militarization, a process that started in 2006 with Felipe Calderon’s ‘war on drugs.' "Bringing the military back to the barracks” was one of his main demands in the opposition.

Now, the new president and his National Regeneration Movement (Morena) are pushing to reform the constitution to allow the military to assume public security duties.

Subcomante Moises, one of the two spokespersons of the EZLN along with Subcomandante Galeano, said the new center-left president will “destroy the people of Mexico, but mainly the oridinary people. They come for us, especially the EZLN.”

The Zapatista movement has always been at odds with Lopez Obrador. Since the first time he ran for president in 2006, the EZLN organized an alternative campaign and declared its opposition to the leftist candidate. Now, with its landslide victory in the 2018 elections, the Zapatistas have reiterated their position.

“The consultation they’re doing aims to manipulate the people," said Moises. "Through votes, they’re asking for permission to attack us. They’re consulting so they come and face us with that Maya Train crap, but if they provoke us we will defend ourselves. We won’t allow someone to come here and take this rebel territory.

RELATED: Mexico's EZLN Expresses Solidarity With Chile Mapuche Struggle

The Maya Train is a large-scale infrastructure project proposed by Lopez Obrador to connect the whole Yucatan Peninsula for tourism, transportation and economic purposes.

To continue with it, Lopez Obrador called for a national consultation by late November, with an outcome of 89.9 percent in favor.

Local organizations and Indigenous peoples have rejected the project, arguing that a consultation should take place following international and national standards on the rights of Indigenous peoples and their autonomy.

According to the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Convention 169 , Indigenous peoples should be consulted by governments over any project related to their territory. But Lopez Obrador’s consultation was at a national level, ignoring the established protocol.

To mark the start of the project, Lopez Obrador held a traditional ceremony “to ask Mother Earth for permission” with sympathizing local Indigenous leaders and organizations, a move that was criticized by many because “Mother Earth couldn’t give him an answer.”

The EZLN called Lopez Obrador a trickster. “The one in power is treacherous," said Moises. "He says he’s with the people of Mexico and keeps tricking the Indigenous people, bowing to Earth asking it for permission and saying that all Indigenous peoples believe him, but we tell him we don’t believe him.”

Instead, the Subcomandante remembered the EZLN’s achievements in 25 years of struggle: “Our work and effort, with our mistakes.”

“Everything we’ve built, we’ve carried it ourselves. There are solidary sisters and brothers that have helped us, but it’s not easy to face political parties and bad governments are the current one: dishonest and deceitful.

“Five years ago we told the people of Mexico that a worse thing would come. A collapse, a hydra, a monster, a wall. We told them, but they didn’t listen. They listen to that whose name I don’t want to name.”

The Indigenous organization also criticized other projects promoted by Lopez Obrador, such as the promise to cultivate a million hectares of fruit and wood trees in Chiapas, sacrificing native rain forests.

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