In Mexican election, masses move left

first_imgAndrés Manuel López Obrador elected president of Mexico.Some 53 percent of Mexicans who went to the polls elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, as the next president of this country of 123 million people, the third most populous in the Western Hemisphere.This landslide victory of AMLO against three other candidates of more right-wing and conservative establishment parties — the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the National Action Party (PAN), which together have ruled Mexico over the last 89 years — was the most lopsided electoral victory in Mexican history. His nearest rival got less than half AMLO’s votes.López Obrador’s electoral coalition is also leading in votes for the lower house of the legislature in five out of nine state governments in play. Plus an AMLO ally, Claudia Sheinbaum, became the first woman elected mayor of vast Mexico City, the capital.When AMLO’s three rivals conceded on the night of July 1, Mexicans flooded the Zocalo Square in the capital with mass demonstrations to celebrate the victory and demonstrate their great expectations that a new era had begun. They expressed hope that in this new era the Mexican regime would be more sovereign, less repressive and less under the thumb of Washington, while providing more social programs aiding the poor and being free of the corruption that aids only a handful of oligarchs; government, police and military bribe-takers; criminals; and their imperialist contacts across the border.The election of this more leftist candidate breaks with recent trends in Latin America, which have seen rightist presidents elected in Argentina and Colombia and “judicial coups” depose center-left leaders in Uruguay and Brazil.When evaluating how much of an “earthquake” the election of AMLO is, it’s good to keep in mind a useful quote from one of the founders of Marxist political theory, Friedrich Engels. In “The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State,” he wrote: “Universal suffrage is the gauge of the maturity of the working class. It cannot and never will be anything more.”Whatever the intentions and sincerity of elected officials, and even when these elected individuals are revolutionaries, their role in government still leaves the levers of real power — the army, the police, the justice system and today the media, not to leave out the banks — in the hands of the capitalist class that owns and controls it all.In Mexico these levers are held by the oligarchy and directly by U.S. imperialism. The Pentagon virtually commands the Mexican army. The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency operate throughout Mexico, entwined with and as corrupt as the local authorities. The U.S.-directed “war on drugs” has resulted in 200,000 people killed since 2006.Only a massive upheaval that breaks apart this state can change social relations. Even carrying out substantial reforms will require mass actions much more powerful than dropping votes into ballot boxes.Who is AMLO?López Obrador has never been part of a socialist or communist movement. He is a politician with nationalist roots, harking back to Lázaro Cárdenas, who was president from 1934 to 1940 and promoted local capitalism — as opposed to collaborating with imperialism — while allowing the workers and poor to win some benefits. AMLO was allied with Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, the son of that historic politician, who narrowly lost a presidential election in 1988 that was rigged against him.Expelled from the PRI, López Obrador became the first elected mayor of Mexico City in 1997. As a presidential candidate of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) in 2006, AMLO would have won the election then had it not been stolen from him. In 2012 he lost again. When the PRD drifted rightward, he broke with it.AMLO ran this year in an ad-hoc coalition called Together We Will Make History (Juntos) consisting of his own party, the Movement for National Regeneration (MORENA) — a party that depended on his popularity without an entrenched structure — and two smaller parties with contradictory programs: the Workers Party (PT), a party with Maoist roots, and the PES, a right-wing party with an evangelical Christian origin that opposes abortion and LGBTQ rights. The alliance with PES might have won some evangelical votes, but it also brought legitimate criticism from activist women and the LGBTQ movement.Probably the contemporary Latin American politician who AMLO most closely resembles is Lula da Silva of Brazil. Lula’s Workers Party had closer ties to the union movement, however, and Brazil has both a larger economy and larger population than Mexico, and it’s further away from the U.S.In the course of this year’s elections for president and many local offices, some 130 candidates and political activists were assassinated. While those who pay the death squads were unable to stop the masses from voting for AMLO in the national election — and his supporters made sure that most votes were counted — the killings changed many of the local contests. There are many who fear he may still be targeted in the period between now and Dec. 1, when he is scheduled to take office.José Humberto Montes Oca Luna, a leader of the combative Union of Electrical Workers of Mexico (SEM), commenting on the possibility of an AMLO election, told Resumen America Latina in a June 23 article: “The mere fact of having a government that does not kill us and persecute us will be a great step forward and will allow the left to reorganize itself, to fill the political vacuum left by the lack of an alternative that can really represent us as the left.”Mexico is a pluricultural land of many Indigenous nations speaking 89 different languages, with a revolutionary history. The clearest message of the election was to show that, within the range of realistic choices, what most Mexican people want is sovereignty, more social opportunities and benefits for the poor, and less violence and corruption. While the election alone doesn’t bring this, it shows what is possible should the mass of voters become a cohesive force.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

SBFD offering virtual tours of their environmentally-friendly stations on Earth Day

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – April 21, 2020 0 329 Twitter Previous articleGovernor Holcomb officially extends Stay-At-Home orderNext articleComplaint about noisy dog turns into stabbing 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. South Bend Fire Engine 9 and Medic 9. (Mark McGill/95.3MNC) The South Bend Fire Department will celebrate Earth Day, on Wednesday, with virtual tours of their environmentally-friendly fire stations.The South Bend Fire Department sent the following information about the virtual tours to 95.3 MNC:The South Bend Fire Department invites residents to virtually tour Fire Station-4 on Olive Street in the Kennedy Park Neighborhood and Fire Station-9, located at 2108 Mishawaka Avenue in the River Park Neighborhood on Wednesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively on Earth Day.To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, Fire Chief Carl Buchanon will offer a virtual tour showcasing Station 4 and 9 live on Facebook with interactions from the Firefighters who live and work at the two stations as well as citizens viewing the program.Two South Bend Fire Stations were designed and built using the green building rating system Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Achieving the silver status was the goal, and Fire Station 4 was granted gold, and Station 9 received silver. Construction utilized a zone concept in which toxins related to the job of firefighting are separated from the living quarters of the station.Fire Chief Carl Buchanon referenced, “the past designs of fire stations housed firefighters in order to complete tasks brought about from the job. Now, more than ever, we recognize as an organization the importance of sustainability and how our duties can have a direct impact on the environment. Highly efficient and safer fire apparatus protect our members to and from the call and our newer zone concept fire stations protect our men and women where they eat, sleep and live for 24 hours at a time.”The South Bend Fire Department hopes that residents can take a few minutes and enjoy Earth Day and witness how innovative designs with equipment and housing have a direct effect on our ecosystem and environment. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Facebook SBFD offering virtual tours of their environmentally-friendly stations on Earth Day IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

School year to resume on Monday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLINCOLN, Mich. — For K-12 students, classes may be coming back sooner than they think. In fact the school year is set to resume on Monday. Governor Whitmer’s decision to close down school buildings may have been misinterpreted by some. The order did not cancel the school year. It only closed campus buildings.While things are certainly going to be different, students still have some work to do. However, Superintendent of Alcona Schools Dan O’Connor says that this first week will be mostly checking in with families. “Monday and most of next week will be spent contacting students and families,” he said. “Teachers will all be personally contacting students whether they are in small groups to do video, if they can sustain that, or one on one phone calls, just trying to do a check in and make sure they have what they need.” This includes making sure families are doing alright with food, looking after mental health needs, and getting them ready for the rest of the year.The following week is when students will resume their actual learning activities. “Basic learning activities, trying to review material that we maybe covered before the end of break, trying to collect missing work, and then we’ll probably take it week by week at that point through the end of our scheduled school year which is June 1.”O’Connor acknowledged that online learning will present something that many of their students are not familiar with, and that’s why when course work does resume, they’re going to take it slow. “The majority of our students have never taken an online class,” he said. “Not only to ask them to take one online class, but potentially seven, or four for some of our younger learners if we’re just focusing on the core. That’s a lot. So we’re trying to take teeny tiny baby steps next week and then we’ll accelerate if we can.”Parents should keep an eye out for an email from the school for information on how to navigate this new system. They’re also leaving voicemails, and O’Connor said if parents see some strange phone numbers calling from out of state, it could actually be teachers trying to get in touch.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona Community Schools, COVID-19Continue ReadingPrevious Families to receive packages at area schoolNext Follow CDC guidelines for making your own protective face coveringlast_img read more

Mourinho returns to football as BeIN television pundit

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Jose MourinhoParis, France | AFP | Jose Mourinho has secured his first job since being sacked as Manchester United coach after joining BeIN Sports as a pundit, the broadcaster announced on Thursday.‘The Special One’ will be an analyst for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Arsenal on January 19 as well as Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Asian Cup group-stage tie on January 17 on the Qatari channel’s broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa.He was sacked by United in December after the club’s worst start to a season since 1990 and won three trophies during his two-and-a-half year tenure at Old Trafford.“Jose is one of the greatest football managers of all time, and we hope that his expert analysis and charismatic personality will be enjoyed by our millions of viewers,” a beIN spokesman said in a statement. Mourinho had been linked with a return to former club Benfica after the Lisbon giants fired coach Rui Vitoria last week, but the 55-year-old told Correio da Manha earlier on Thursday that he would not take the job.“I don’t have any intention of coming back to work in Portugal,” he told the newspaper. “I’m fine at the moment.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Penrose Physical Therapy in Olympia Answers: Shoulder Bursitis, Impingement, Tendonitis, Arthritis,…

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Jennifer Penrose of Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyLike anything that has its own terminology it is confusing until someone can break it down into parts.  The interesting thing is that almost all of those above can be caused from similar issues. Let me explain.Photo courtesy: Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyBursitis is inflammation of the bursa. Yes you can get a steroid shot to put out the inflammation and the pain but you did not figure out the cause of the friction or correct the cause so it can come back again. The shot is helpful to put the fire out, but be mindful if the bursitis was caused from tight muscles or a tight joint creating the friction and irritation of the bursa it can return. In fact, bursitis can be from several reasons: tightness in certain areas (usually chest, shoulders, and thoracic spine) and from the rotator cuff not doing its fair share of the work load. We often have to spend time teaching the rotator cuff and shoulder blade muscles how to work together again. And many times without meaning to people will use their neck muscles and larger muscles (deltoid) to compensate for the rotator cuff during rotator cuff exercises they found on you tube or google. This will usually lead to more problems. Don’t get me wrong I use you tube all the time for do it yourself projects but sometimes consulting a professional is worth it.Often my patients have tightness in their chest, shoulders, and upper back changing the position of the shoulder and limiting space in the shoulder joint causing “pinching” on the rotator cuff tendon called “impingement syndrome.” So you can see bursitis and impingement can often have similar causes. The point is we have to evaluate each “medical diagnosis” separately to find your causes as they may be slightly different from the next person walking in with “impingement.” And your posture, flexibility, strength, coordination and anatomy all have variables that we need to account for to develop a successful plan.  This may surprise you but you can even get impingement in the shoulder due to the shoulder being unstable or too loose. Remember the shoulder is like a ball and socket type joint. The ball part of your shoulder may be too sloppy moving around too much instead of it staying in the center of your shoulder joint when moving your arm around. When the ball part moves around too much it can pinch on tissues as well with certain arm motions.So we covered impingement and bursitis… how about tendonitis in the shoulder? Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon.  This can happen from overusing the shoulder or a sudden new activity on the tendon.  The tendon attaches the muscle to the bone.  For example, if you suddenly exert more force lifting an object a few times you could irritate the tendon causing tendonitis.  I would say many patients are surprised that tendonitis can come on with only one day of an activity like weed wacking or moving heavy rocks etc.  I recently had a bout of tendonitis from using a rope swing at my parent’s lake home.  It was fun and it was only about six times on three different days, but my left elbow starting hurting. The left elbow was not “conditioned” to suddenly handle my body weight in an extended (weak position) as I jumped on the rope swing and held on for 20 feet to land into the water.  Tendonitis can also come on from repetitive motions in a poor posture or position. Many times shoulder tendonitis is due to overuse of the shoulder at shoulder height or above.  However, most people don’t feel that they did too much. They will acknowledge it was an activity that was out of their routine and likely not strong enough for.And of course let’s briefly talk about arthritis in the shoulder. Arthritis in the shoulder often produces bone spurs in the shoulder. Can you picture a piece of bone sticking into the shoulder joint (the bone spur)? Can you see how a bone spur might cause “pinching” in the shoulder and create friction and rubbing of the bursa and even start to cause micro tears in the rotator cuff tendon? The arthritis in the shoulder joint can also cause ache and stiffness that needs correct daily stretching and range of motion to keep it happy and feeling better.I hope that gives you some clarity on shoulder bursitis, tendonitis, & arthritis and that each medical diagnosis needs to account for your specific posture, flexibility, strength, anatomy, recent activities and postures/positions to solve the root cause of your medical diagnosis. We are happy to help!We are having a free neck and shoulder workshop coming up on August 6 at 6:00 p.m. It is limited to nine people in person (social distance and mask required), or you can attend virtually. Let us know what you would prefer! RSVP required since space limited or if you want the virtual link sent to you.The author, Jennifer Penrose, is a physical therapist and owner of Penrose Physical Therapy. If you have any questions about neck and shoulder pain, you can call 360-456-1444 or email [email protected]  Visit the Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy website for more information.last_img read more