This week in print: Mexico's teachers' union, strikes in Colombia, the UN and Haiti, Cuba's heir apparent and cycling in Argentina
SCEPTICS warned during Enrique Peña Nieto's presidential campaign that a product of the Institutional Revolutionary Party's establishment would never confront Mexico's entrenched power structure. With the arrest on embezzlement charges of Esther Elba Gordillo, the head of the formidable teachers' union, Mr Peña has proved them wrong just three months into his presidency. This week's issue of The Economist analyses whether Ms Gordillo's detention makes her just a mere sacrificial lamb or the start of a truly ambitious reform programme. It also includes stories on strikes in Colombia, double standards from the UN in Haiti, the Castro brothers' chosen successor and a new cycling programme in Buenos Aires.
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Send in the clowns
Justice in Haiti
The UN condemns Baby Doc, but exonerates itself
IN THE span of a few hours on February 21st, the United Nations issued statements on the legitimacy of two separate human-rights claims in Haiti. In the first case, in which several dozen people are seeking justice against Jean-Claude Duvalier, the country’s dictator from 1971 to 1986, the UN urged action in the courts. “Such systematic violations of rights must not remain unaddressed,” urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. She urged the judicial authorities “to act on their responsibilities”.
Her statement was a rebuke to the Haitian state. When Mr Duvalier unexpectedly returned to the country in 2011, he was indicted for financial and human-rights crimes. But last year a court ruled that too much time had ...