Mexico’s World Reputation Has Dropped from Developing Country to “Failed State”

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Oct 31, 2016, 5:09 pm
Violence in Mexico, a weak rule of law and security institutions influence the bad international image of the country (Youtube)
Violence in Mexico, a weak rule of law and security institutions influence the bad international image of the country (Youtube)

EspañolMexico’s international image has been on the decline since 2006, shifting of late to labels like “barbaric,” “ultra-violent” and “failed state.”

Universidad Iberoamericana recently released a report titled “The Image of Mexico in the World 2006-2015,” detailing the change the country has undergone, which by all counts shows that its reputation is not a good one in the eyes of those outside its borders.

The study used a million informational sources, 10,000 of which came from international organizations as well as the media, diplomatic reports, social media, Internet search engines and film, among others.

Before 2006, the positive image of Mexico was one of the best worldwide, the report said, but it began to change with the murders of women in Ciudad Juarez. Then, perception worsened when Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador claimed fraud in elections against PAN candidate Felipe Calderon. Later, a rebound in drug trafficking resulted in a war between cartels that was high in fatalities.

The study was conducted by Dr. César Rivas Villanueva, a researcher at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He said the country is being weighed down by social inequality, corruption, a dysfunctional legal system and “very weak” security institutions.

But on the other hand, the report said Mexico is also an “emerging” country with signs of economic progress, urban development and civil liberties.

“We are mariachi hats, tequila, Aztecs, Frida Kahlo and Chavo del Ocho,” the report said.

Source: Sin Embargo

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Worker’s Party Takes a Plunge in Brazil’s Second-Round Municipal Elections

By: Karina Martín - Oct 31, 2016, 4:40 pm
The results of this second round will accelerate changes in the Worker's Party (Telesurtv)

EspañolLeftist groups suffered a hard defeat during the second round of municipal elections in Brazil last week. Brazilians demonstrated a clear preference for the right, leaving the Worker's Party and other left-leaning parties such as the Party for Socialism and Liberty (PSOL) with little support at the polls. Read more: Brazil Evaluates Measures against Influx of Venezuelan Refugees Read more: Argentina and Brazil Double Down on Mercosur The Worker's Party lost in the seven municipalities they were competing in. The only candidate endorsed by them that won was Edvaldo Nogueira, future Mayor of Aracaju, the capital of the northern state of Sergipe that historically belongs to the Communist Party. "The results of this second round undoubtedly accelerate changes in The Worker's Party," tweeted party Vice President Alberto Cantalice. In Rio de Janeiro, projection surveys were right on target as Crivella won with 59 percent of the vote, defeating Marcelo Freixo of the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL). googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Abstention was also a winner in the election. Twenty-eight percent of voters left their ballots empty, and null votes made up 20 percent — much of which comes in response to the country's political crisis involving the impeachment of ex-President Rousseff. The party that ruled Brazil for almost 14 years suffered an electoral debacle as well, losing more than half the number of votes obtained in the local elections four years ago. The number of municipalities also fell from the record highs of 2012 — which saw 644 controlled municipalities — to only 256. Sources: Infolatam; La Tercera; La Diaria.

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