(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE BRAZILIAN NEWS PAPER 247)
LÓPEZ OBRADOR, THE MEXICAN LULA, HAS A LANDSLIDE VICTORY
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the candidate who represents the popular and nationalist camp in Mexico, will have a consecrated victory in Mexico on Sunday; besides taking the presidency of the Republic, with about 49% of the votes, its coalition must win the elections in six of nine states; one of the axes of its campaign is the defense of Mexican oil for the Mexicans – and not for the international oil companies
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247 – Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the candidate who represents the popular and nationalist camp in Mexico, will have a consecrated victory in Mexico on Sunday. In addition to taking the presidency of the Republic, with about 49% of the votes, according to polls, his coalition must win the elections in six of nine states. One of the cornerstones of his campaign is the defense of Mexican oil for Mexicans – not for international oil companies. Obrador, who is considered the ‘Mexican Lula’, wins in his third attempt and was the target of an intense negative campaign of conservative means. However, since Donald Trump assumed the presidency of the United States and promised to build a border wall that would be paid by the Mexicans, anti-American sentiment helped leverage his campaign.
See below, article by Leonardo Attuch, editor of 247, on the opposing paths traveled by Brazil and Mexico:
Brazil and Mexico, facing each other on Monday in a quarter-final spot at the World Cup in Russia, are practically opposing situations in politics and economics. There, hope can defeat the fear and nationalist politician Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is called ‘Mexican Lula’, has a good chance of winning the presidential election scheduled for Sunday. Here, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who represents the hope of better days for the majority of the electorate, is still imprisoned in a cold cell in Curitiba.
The success of AMLO, as López Obrador is called, and Lula’s tragedy goes through a central issue: the dispute over natural resources and the struggle for sovereignty. In Mexico, the core of the AMLO campaign is the defense of Mexican oil for Mexicans. For decades, the country was plundered and General Porfirio Diaz (1830-1915), who ruled the Mexicans for more than thirty years, coined a phrase that was engraved in the national soul. “Poor Mexico: so far from God and so close to the United States.”
In the Mexican model, oil is exploited in the form of a concession by large US multinationals, such as Exxon and Chevron, and exported as crude oil to refineries located in Texas. Then, in the form of derivatives, it is imported by Mexicans. The result is a trade surplus of US $ 15 billion a year from the United States in energy trade between the two countries. While Mexicans sell the raw material, Americans export diesel and gasoline, with higher added value.
For this reason, AMLO proposes the end of the exploratory investments in the Gulf of Mexico under this model of concessions and defends the construction of refineries in Mexican territory. Nothing very different from what Brazil intended to do after the discovery of the largest oil reserves located in the 21st century, which are precisely in the pre-salt.
However, the Brazilian development project was abruptly discontinued. So the president deposed Dilma Rousseff and Petrobras were spied on by the NSA, the intelligence agency of the United States, in the administration of Barack Obama. Shortly afterwards, conditions were created for the overthrow of Dilma, the delivery of the pre-salt and the imprisonment of Lula, whose arrest, according to Minister Marco Aurélio Mello, is unconstitutional.
Under normal conditions, the United States would hardly accept the victory of a nationalist politician like AMLO in Mexico. However, as they have found a much more valuable treasure in Brazil, generously yielded by an elite entrant, perhaps the replacement of Gulf of Mexico oil by the pre-salt is paying off. In the Cup, Brazil is always favorite against Mexico. But in the struggle for sovereignty the Mexicans are winning a thrashing.