5/16 Mexico in the Era of AMLO w/ Laura Carlsen

May 16, 2019

Joining Michael Brooks on today’s Majority Report is Laura Carlsen, a political analyst and director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, to discuss Mexico under the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. While the mainstream media is happy to cover the humanitarian crisis at the US southern border, Carlsen provides a look into how Trump/Miller policy plays out south of the border. Carlsen has been reporting from Tijuana, hearing stories from those seeking asylum who have been held in icebox, chain-linked holding pens while their claims are processed. Carlsen and Brooks discuss the on-going violence in the Northern Triangle, the home of most refugees at the southern border, and how US policies, both foreign and domestic have led up to this point where Central Americans have been left no choice but to leave their homes. Beyond the border crisis, how has Amlo, a left populist elected official, placated and resisted Trump’s policies that implicate Mexico? Carlsen points to the situation in Venezuela and Amlo’s decision to back a mediation process to illustrate how the president has resisted the Trump administration’s foreign intervention practices. Brooks and Carlsen conclude their discussion discussing the on-going drug war in Mexico and the US government’s role in growing violence across Mexico.

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