News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Mexico leftist seizes oil reform to drive comeback

By Catherine Bremer

REUTERS

6:43 a.m. March 4, 2008

MEXICO CITY – A firebrand Mexican leftist whose 2006 presidential bid sent jitters through Wall Street is back, leading protests against energy reforms after a year in the political wilderness.

Andres Manuel López Obrador jammed Mexico City with protest camps for weeks after the July 2006 election, claiming his defeat was rigged, but he then fell from the radar screen as President Felipe Calderón took power, pushing through laws and battling drug cartels.

Now the anti-capitalist has seized on opposition to Calderón's oil reform plans to launch a comeback that could decide whether he survives to get another shot at the presidency in 2012 or fades away for good.

López Obrador has an army of followers among the poor. Thousands came out late last month to cheer on his first big rally against talks in Congress on letting more private capital into Mexico's oil sector, under state control since 1938.

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