Weekend Roundup: Is China Outpacing Mexico on the Rule of Law?


Nathan Gardels is the editor-in-chief of Noema Magazine.

On the same day this week that President Obama announced a measure that could give legal protection to 5 million undocumented immigrants, massive protests raged across Mexico against the impunity and corruption that led to the horrific massacre of 43 students. From Mexico City, Sergio Sarmiento, Elena Poniatowska and Homero Aridjis chronicle the events and ponder what’s next. Anthropologist Claudio Lomnitz examines the causes behind Mexico’s corrosive impunity.

Meanwhile, as Xin Chunying writes from Beijing, China is also seeking to establish the rule of law through steadily boosting the role of the National People’s Congress. While stifling dissent, China’s President Xi is taking on both “tigers and flies” in his no-holds-barred assault from the top down on corruption.

Can China’s effort succeed without active public engagement? Can Mexico learn from China and move from angry protest to systemic change?

Also writing from Mexico, Javier Ciurlizza and Mary Speck of the International Crisis Group note how the protesters’ slogan, “I Am Fed Up With Fear,” marks a turning point for Mexico.

As bleak as the troubled world today looks from the angry streets of Mexico, Human Age author Diane Ackerman finds inspiration in the most ingenious things humans are doing this week, from soccer balls that generate electricity to buildings and freeway overpasses that “eat smog.”

Writing from New Delhi, Pawan Khera argues that it would be “disastrous” for India’s development to agree to a climate accord like that just announced between the U.S. and China. Anoop Jain underscores just how far India lags behind China, with 550 million people without even toilets.

In an exclusive, The WorldPost publishes a wide-ranging dialogue between Henry Kissinger and Fu Ying, China’s “iron lady,” about whether the U.S. and her country can co-exist as “equal brothers.”

Greece’s president Karolos Papoulias tells Arianna Huffington, who is in Athens to launch yet another international edition of HuffPost, that the “troika” overseeing Greek eurozone reforms “acts as if they’re speaking to rocks, not people.”

WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports from Istanbul that, despite formal legal protections, “turkish women are still dying over the right to divorce.” Former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown calls for the establishment of an International Children’s Court to end the global violation of children’s rights.

In a video appeal, Bono reminds the world that epidemics like Ebola are what happen when promises of aid to Africa are broken. On the ground in Liberia, Dr. Phuoc Le talks candidly about what it means for a physician to treat Ebola patients with a “no touch” policy.

Finally, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict tragically flared once again in Jerusalem. Baroness Warsi writes that “violence always breeds violence” and there is no hope if that cycle is not broken. Beatriz Becerra, a Spanish member of the European Parliament, worries that recognition of a “Palestinian state” is an artifice destined for failure. And in this week’s Forgotten Fact series, The WorldPost looks at a controversial response that Israel has brought back to terror attacks.


EDITORS: Nathan Gardels, Senior Advisor to the Berggruen Institute on Governance and the long-time editor of NPQ and the Global Viewpoint Network of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media, is the Editor-in-Chief of The WorldPost. Farah Mohamed is the Managing Editor of The WorldPost. Kathleen Miles is the Senior Editor of the WorldPost. Alex Gardels is the Associate Editor of The WorldPost. Nicholas Sabloff is the Executive International Editor at the Huffington Post, overseeing The WorldPost and HuffPost’s 11 international editions. Eline Gordts is HuffPost’s Senior World Editor.

CORRESPONDENTS: Sophia Jones in Istanbul; Matt Sheehan in Beijing.

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