[Marxism] AlJazeera: "Mexico arrests head of teachers' union. The powerful Elba Esther Gordillo is accused of embezzling about $160 million from the union's funds."

Erik Toren ectoren at gmail.com
Wed Feb 27 08:31:40 MST 2013

As the old Kenny Roger's song goes:

"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done."


"The head of Mexico's powerful teachers' union has been arrested at an
airport outside Mexico City on suspicion of embezzling the union's

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said that Elba Esther Gordillo,
who has led the 1.5 million-member National Union of Education Worker
for 23 years, was detained in Toluca on Tuesday on charges that she
embezzled about $160 million from union funds.

Her arrest comes a day after President Enrique Pena Nieto signed
Mexico's most sweeping education reform in seven decades into law,
seeking to change a system in which teaching positions could be sold
or inherited, and no official census of schools, teachers and students
was ever carried out."

She managed to be a kingmaker for both PRI and PAN, but privatization
is in the air and she was not letting go.

Prediction: In for six years. Photos of her will appear in the
newspapers dressed in her jail uniform. After Peña Nieto is gone, new
president (either PRI or PAN) will pardon her and send her on exile
either internally or to another country.

Erik Toren

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