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The other Mexico story

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Over the years, I’ve met and followed the work of Mexican journalists covering the cartels. They are often people who started their own magazines or blogs. They are brave and will write a lot that the cartels do not want the world to hear about.     

Yesterday, we learned of another casualty in Mexico:  

A veteran journalist who had chronicled the bloody conflicts among rival drug cartels in his home state, Sinaloa, and the culture of violence they inflicted on the broader society, was killed by gunmen on Monday near the newspaper that he had co-founded, the authorities said.

The journalist, Javier Valdez Cárdenas, 50, was in his car when he was intercepted by the killers, according to Ríodoce, a weekly he founded with Ismael Bojórquez in the city of Culiacán in 2003.

At least 104 journalists have been murdered in Mexico since 2000, while 25 others have disappeared, according to the press freedom organization Article 19.

 

The death of Mr. Valdez, who had shared prizes from Columbia University and the Committee to Protect Journalists, raises pressure on the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto to address the killings more forcefully.

Yes, it would be nice if the Pena-Nieto administration would address the killings, but what can he really do?

Journalists like Valdez-Cardenas are out in the battle zone daily. They are the ones who dig up the stories about killings, corruption, and everything else that makes up this bloody story south of the border. They usually do their work without bodyguards or expose their families to torture and late night threatening phone calls.

So the killing goes on south of the border.

The LA Times ran a story two months ago about the massacre south of the border:  

Last year, there were 20,792 homicides in Mexico — a 22% increase over 2015, and a 35% jump over 2014.    

The Mexican government always reminds us that the violence is not always cartel-related but experts say that half of them probably are. They also always say that tourist sectors are generally free of violence and that’s true of the Caribbean resorts.

Nevertheless, Mexico is not the country I recall living in some years ago.    

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May 19, 2017 at 6:38 am

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“Cinco de Mayo” is not Mexico’s July 4th!

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Today, there is a big “Cinco de Mayo” celebration in Dallas and elsewhere.   

So what’s the big deal about “Cinco de Mayo”?
Allan Wall has a good summaryfor those of us who are not Mexican or studied Mexican history in school:

“Cinco de Mayo, literally “May the 5th,” is the holiday celebrating the Mexican victory over the French army on May the 5th, 1862, at Puebla, east of Mexico City.”

In the US, specially in the Southwest, “Cinco de Mayo” has turned into a Mexican version of St. Patrick’s Day in Boston, Columbus Day in New York or Polish Day in Chicago.

“Cinco de Mayo” is a Mexican-American celebration.  Every year, our parades have gotten bigger and bigger.

As Mr. Wall writes, “Cinco de Mayo” is a very good day for local retail merchants :

“Cinco de Mayo is also a big beer-drinking day, with Mexican beer brands doing 5-10 percent of their U.S. sales for the occasion.”

I don’t like beer so I guess I’ll stay home and watch the Rangers play on TV.   During the game, I’ll remember that “Cinco de Mayo” is not Mexico’s July 4th!

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May 5, 2017 at 6:00 am

Mexico and the US election with Allan Wall

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Guest: Allan Wall, contributor to MexiData.info and blogger……..we will discuss the 2016 campaign in the US and the possibility of a Trump victory……the peso has been a bit volatile over the last few days………….and other stories of the week…

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Source: Mexico and the US election with Allan Wall 11/02 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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November 2, 2016 at 11:00 pm

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No ‘kissin’ cousins’ in a Mexican election Sunday

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(My new American Thinker post)

In my last post, I mentioned that hating Trump is the only thing that the left, center and right in Mexico agree on.

Mexico is facing a huge political crisis. We read about the teachers’ union blocking streets and access to the airport. The middle class feels a lot like those Tea Party marchers of 2009, or overwhelmed by a state that does not listen to them. Many Mexicans are also worried that their country is changing, such as the legalization of abortion and talk of same sex marriage.

What happens when a country is polarized and divided over issues? Then the screaming starts — even if the candidates are from the same family. See this article from on the New York Times:

Arguably, the most contentious race this year has been for governor in Veracruz, a state wracked by corruption and violence. The front-runners are two cousins who, despite their family ties, have lobbed accusations and insults at each other.
Héctor Yunes Landa, the candidate for the incumbent Institutional Revolutionary Party, has accused his opponent, Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares, the candidate of a coalition between the Democratic Revolution Party and the National Action Party, of being a pedophile, warning voters to “take care of the safety of your children,” according to local news media. Mr. Yunes Linares, who is trying to break the rival party’s 87-year hold on the state’s governorship, has denied the charges.
Officials in Mr. Yunes Linares’s campaign have accused his cousin of vote buying and of underreporting his wealth in a public declaration of his assets.
Mr. Yunes Linares’s chances may have improved in light of a recent investigation by the news site Animal Político, which found that the state’s current administration funneled about $35 million to ghost companies. The governor, Javier Duarte, has denied any wrongdoing.


And that’s just Veracruz, a place known to many of our AT readers for its marvelous “danzon“, a very romantic dance that our parents and grandparents also danced in Cuba.  

In Tamaulipas, on the Texas border, both sides are claiming that the other guy has links to drug cartels.

It’s exciting in Chihuahua, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, and Sinaloa, the home of “El Chapo” currently sitting in jail likely headed for the U.S.
Again, Mexicans are angry and very angry!

Once upon a time, Mexican elections were boring and rather predictable. The PRI would always win and lots of people would stay home on election day. Can you blame some Mexicans who yearn for those days of yesteryear when election day was just another day to watch “futbol” or cook some “carnitas” in the backyard?

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June 6, 2016 at 6:47 am

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A prison riot in Mexico leaves 52 dead

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February 11, 2016 at 11:00 pm

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Kate and El Chapo

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(My new American Thinker post)

Back in my Wisconsin days, we loved a Chicago pop group of the 1960s called The Cryan Shames. El Chapo must have been singing the bouncy “I wanna meet you” from the moment that he exchanged messages with Kate Del Castillo, the pretty Mexican actress in the middle of one of the weirdest stories ever heard.

We have no evidence that Kate was working for the Mexican government, or the DEA, but El Chapo was charmed, according to Paulina Villegas:

To the surprise of many, the leader of the largest narcotics organization in history also comes across as oddly caring and polite.

For the seemingly boundless carnage and pain Mr. Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel has sown both in his own country and abroad, he appears incongruously human. Mr. Guzmán says he wants Ms. del Castillo to meet his mother.

He offers to get her a cellphone so they can communicate safely, then instructs an associate to get her something fashionable, pretty and with a large screen. Preferably a pink one.

In the messages that surfaced Wednesday, Mr. Guzmán does not solicit anything of Ms. del Castillo outside of friendship and business. There is nothing sexually explicit in the hundreds of messages, taken over the course of three months. Instead, he comes across as more paternal.

He promises he will protect her, care for her as he would “his own eyes,” a common phrase of intimacy shared between fathers and daughters in Mexico.

To this she responds, “No one has ever taken care of me.”

Kate has gone into mute mode and not talking to the media. It surprises me that she was so careless in establishing contact with a murderer who has killed at random in Mexico. Kate did “tweet” something about telling her story sometime soon.  
 
On the other hand, El Chapo had to know that his cell phone messages or “tweets” made him vulnerable to capture. His trips, such a visit to Margarita Island off Venezuela (via Fausta) probably exposed him too.
 
I guess that the moral of the story is that girls shouldn’t chat with men like El Chapo! 

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January 15, 2016 at 5:00 am

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All of a sudden everybody is so pessimistic in Mexico

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September 3, 2015 at 5:00 am

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