Business as Usual With Mexico No Longer Possible as Human Rights Disaster Deepens

Ted Lewis
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto last met with President Obama he was riding a wave of legislative success and media adulation, but terrifying events in 2014 have changed all that.

The two presidents are meeting again this week after alarming revelations about ofmurders and abductions in Iguala and elsewhere in Mexico involving police, army, and criminal organizations connected to high-ranking politicians have shaken the country and fundamentally altered the political terrain of the bi-national relationship.

President Peña Nieto successfully maintained a façade of progress in curbing drug war violence and a future of investor-driven prosperity until last September. That's when police and their criminal allies brutally attacked students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college, killing six, wounding more than 20, and forcibly disappearing 43 more.