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Óscar Fernández

Óscar is a member of the Socialist Workers' Movement (MTS) in Mexico and a graduate of political science at the Universidad Iberoamericana. He is a Left Voice correspondant in Mexico City and a member of the editorial staff of our sister site La Izquierda Diario México as well as the magazine Ideas de Izquierda México.

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The Christmas Truce of 1914

On Christmas Day 107 years ago, surrounded by the bombs, blood, mud, bullets, and terror of World War I, a tiny spark of light emerged amidst the death.

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Mexico: AMLO Installs a Replica Aztec Temple While He Dispossesses Indigenous Communities

The Mexican government pays lip service to indigenous struggle, all while dispossessing indigenous communities.

Socialists Should Not Support AMLO

This Sunday, midterm elections are taking place in Mexico. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, better known as AMLO, has been governing the country for three years. Despite his progressive image, he was a close ally of Trump. Certain socialists are nonetheless supporting AMLO.

Tik-Tok Video Promotes Neo-Colonialism and Gentrification in Guatemala

Social networks were in turmoil after a Tik-Tok video arose promoting a neo-colonial project of gentrification in Guatemala.

Revolutionary Socialists to Run in Mexico’s Midterm Elections

The Anticapitalist Left Front (FIA) will be running candidates in Mexico’s national elections next summer. Its main candidate is a public sector worker who was fired and fought successfully to get her job back.

Cops in Mexico Murder Worker for Not Wearing Face Mask

In recent days, protesters in Mexico have taken to the streets demanding justice for Giovanni López, a 30-year-old construction worker murdered by cops for not wearing a face mask.

Capitalist Politicians Always Blame “Outside Agitators” — Examples from Mexico

After protests spread to hundreds of cities across the United States, politicians from both parties are blaming "outside agitators" from other states. This is an absurd lie — but capitalist politicians often repeat it. Two examples from Mexico.

AMLO: Mexico’s Great Hope Celebrates Independence Day with Budget Cuts and Repression

On Monday, Andrés Manuel López Obrador celebrated his first Independence Day as president of Mexico. AMLO promised an end to corruption and neoliberalism, awakening the hopes of millions of Mexicans. But he has mostly collaborated with Trump in stopping immigrants from Central America.

Chernobyl: An Environmental Catastrophe Caused by Stalinism

In the early hours of April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 of the Pripyat nuclear power plant in Ukraine—then part of the USSR—blew up. The HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” shows what caused the disaster: Stalinism.

Karl Marx and Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is commonly associated with drinking, sombreros and many other Mexican stereotypes. It is actually a holiday celebrating the defeat of a French army by the Mexicans. Karl Marx, who's birthday is May 5th, denounced the French invasion and sided with the Mexican people.

Notre Dame: The Cathedral Burned Down, Not the Church

The Catholic Church is one of the most reactionary institutions in the world. So as the historic cathedral burned in Paris, a well-known anticlerical phrase swept through social media: “The only church that illuminates is the one that burns.” Given the incredible hypocrisy of the capitalists and war criminals who are now pledging to rebuild the church, this sentiment is easy to understand. Nonetheless, the fire represents a great loss of culture and heritage. To think otherwise means forgetting key elements of working-class history.

Over 40 Maquila Factories on Strike in Mexico

More than seventy thousand maquila workers in northern Mexico are fighting for salary increases and the payment of annual bonuses among other demands.

20,000+ Students March Through Mexico City in Silent Protest

As part of a university movement against right-wing thugs on campus, thousands of Mexican students marched in silence to commemorate the Silent Demonstration of 1968.

Mexico’s Bloodiest Elections

130 politicians have been killed in Mexico this election cycle.

Mexico’s Anti-Establishment Candidate Poised to Win Presidency

On Sunday, Mexicans will head to the polls for Presidential, as well as Congressional and local elections. Why is Mexico's center-left candidate poised to win the Presidency?

Mexican Teachers Strike, Organize Occupation

Teachers from several Mexican states are on strike and have organized camps in front of the Ministry of the Interior.

The Struggle for Water in Mexicali

A brewery steals the drinking water of people living in the valleys of Baja California, Mexico. It’s yet another imperialist oppression that Mexicans constantly face.

A Close Look at the Zapatistas Presidential Campaign

Last year, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation announced that it would launch an indigenous candidacy alongside the National Indigenous Congress for the 2018 presidential elections in Mexico.

Peña Nieto on the Tightrope

Faced with scandals and oppositional mobilizations, the Peña Nieto administration is in a downward spiral. What hardships has Peña Nieto’s government faced in the past months?

MORENA: A New Alternative in Mexico?

Many in Mexico today see Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) as the party that represents the interests of the people. How is MORENA currently situated in Mexican politics and what is reflected in its recent growth? How will the left and movements relate to or challenge this “new” formation?

The Anti-Capitalist Left Running for the Constituent Assembly

Against all odds, Sergio Moissen, socialist professor and aspiring independent candidate, managed to hand in more than 100,000 signatures to the National Electoral Institute (INE). This is the first time in decades that a self-proclaimed socialist will participate in an election in Mexico.

Heil Trump?

The success of Donald Trump’s campaign has left many in the US looking on in horror as he rose in the polls and moved on to dominate the primaries. His inflammatory, racist rhetoric drives many to label him “fascist.”

Statistically, there’s a mass shooting every day in the US

According to the Washington Post, there have been 204 mass shootings since the year began. Statistically, that’s one for each day of the year so far.