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.
The Night of Tlatelolco: 52 Years Since Students Were Massacred for Protesting Police Brutality
On October 2, 1968, just 10 days before the Olympic Games were to be held in Mexico City, students were massacred thanks to an anti-fascist law approved by its “revolutionary” government. The scars of the Tlatelolco massacre will forever remind the students of the importance of organizing against repression and police brutality.
Óscar FernándezOctober 12, 2022
NATO’s Push to Expand: Will Finland and Sweden Finally Join?
Putin’s reactionary invasion of Ukraine is changing the balance of forces in Europe. Now Sweden and Finland, which had been historically neutral, are considering joining NATO.
Óscar FernándezMay 19, 2022
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.
Óscar FernándezDecember 25, 2021
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.
Óscar FernándezAugust 12, 2021
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.
Óscar FernándezJune 5, 2021
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.
Óscar FernándezApril 1, 2021
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.
Óscar FernándezDecember 15, 2020
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.
Óscar FernándezJune 7, 2020
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.
Óscar FernándezJune 4, 2020
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.
Óscar FernándezSeptember 21, 2019
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.
Óscar FernándezJune 10, 2019
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.
Óscar FernándezMay 5, 2019
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.
Óscar FernándezApril 25, 2019
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.
Óscar FernándezJanuary 17, 2019
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.
Óscar FernándezSeptember 21, 2018
Mexico’s Bloodiest Elections
130 politicians have been killed in Mexico this election cycle.
Óscar FernándezJuly 1, 2018
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?
Óscar FernándezJune 30, 2018
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.
Óscar FernándezJune 10, 2018
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.
Óscar FernándezJanuary 29, 2018
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.
Óscar FernándezFebruary 28, 2017
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?
Óscar FernándezDecember 22, 2016
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?
Óscar FernándezJuly 22, 2016
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.
Óscar FernándezJune 4, 2016
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.”
Óscar FernándezMarch 17, 2016
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.
Óscar FernándezAugust 4, 2015