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Reuters: Lopez Obrador President of Mexico Calls for Assange's Release

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Lopez Obrador, a leftist who has close ties with Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, expressed his solidarity with Assange and said he hoped the former hacker and activist is “forgiven and released” from prison.

“I don’t know if he has recognised that he acted against rules and norms of a political system, but at the time these cables demonstrated how the world system functions in its authoritarian nature,” Lopez Obrador said in response to a question about Assange at a regular government news briefing.

“Hopefully consideration will be given to this, and he’s released and won’t continue to be tortured.”

Assange’s presence in London, holed up in Ecuador’s embassy and then in jail, has been a diplomatic irritation for Britain, affecting domestic politics and relations with several countries.

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I am grateful that President Obrador spoke up!

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Grateful here too. It takes courage to speak up as Obrador did, knowing as he must how stepping out of submissive silence can plunge one into the cross-hairs.



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I have been in Mexico for three weeks, and when the occasion arises I've been asking people how they feel about AMLO. The consensus is positive. One of the things I ask about is whether they feel he was not confrontational enough when he withdrew the cops in Culiacan. Although people are not sure, almost everyone thinks he is on the right track in opting to use his resources for healing things rather than stir them up more. Besides the contrast between him and American politicians (and not just those on the right!) I think that shows something very positive about average Mexicans that we would do well to learn from.

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Thank you.


That Culiacan thing was a very difficult call. I truly don't know what I would have done if I had been in his shoes (AMLO).


However, I do know you can't "heal" a nation which is rampant with violent and unpredictable cartels. That is beyond healing, in any sense of the word. Mexicans might trust the intervention of another Central or South American police/military force. That is one of North America's biggest unsolved problems. Legalizing marijuana helps, but there are now a zillion other profitable products for the cartels to engage in.



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Thanks,Stephen. While not wishing at all to minimize the effects of cartel violence in the country and in no way disagreeing with what you said, I want to take the opportunity to toss in an observation from a different angle. My wife and I have been visiting several large central cities of central Mexico, Mexico City, Queretaro, Puebla, and Oaxaca. What has impressed me most is the vibrant cultural and economic life here. Our contacts have been limited to some family members, people we've rented from, language school teachers, and conversation exchangers, admittedly a very small cross section. But, as an example, I was talking with a 24 year old university student (neuropsychology) in Oaxaca. His father is a baker, originally from a tiny mountain town, but all the eight children of the family are in professions, doctors, lawyers, accountants and the like.

An aside: I asked him what he thought about the United States, feeling a bit like a German in the 1940s in Paris asking how people felt about the New Germany. His reply was that he really doesn't think much about the US.

Well, I don't really have a strong point to make, just that I feel that Mexico has a lot going for it and is much more than a poor relation to our south with a big crime problem.

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