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Friday, March 11, 2011

Terminal velocity? Mexico is in free-fall and the Miami Herald is STILL playing catch-up to a story it should be owning

WikiLeaks Reveals ‘Devastating X-Ray’ of Power in Mexico; the fear that many Mexicans have of a U.S. invasion.

"...in the battle against organized crime, there is a serious lack of coordination between the Army, the Attorney General's Office and the Public Security Secretariat; and that these agencies are infiltrated by those whom they are supposed to be fighting."

-U.S State Dept. cable leaked by WikiLeaks
For a newspaper that has long prided itself on being an influential player in Latin America, whether that's still true or not, or even been true since the first Sandinista regime in Nicaragua -given that you can buy the Miami Herald in certain Latin capitals and large cities- the Herald's surprising lack of compelling stories and insight info Mexico's downward spiral is pretty amazing.
And a grim reminder of how far things have fallen.

I might even have to go back to, if not exactly reading the Los Angeles Times every day -like I used to do when I lived in the Washingon, D.C. area, and paid one dollar for the ad-free Washington edition, with a GREAT foreign affairs news section on Mondays- at least reading it every other day. And for more than just the entertainment industry news, since I already get their daily industry news emails every day, plus the odd look at what they've got in the Sunday magazine.

http://www.latimes.com/
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/

I found out some things on Monday about Mexico that I don't recall reading anywhere else and certainly NOT in the Herald.
Not that the Times isn't without its known and suspected political biases and agendas like the ones I've detailed here about the Herald, but honestly, the writing at the LAT on foreign affairs is just SO much clearer and sophisticated, which is why it's long been one of its acknowledged and industry-admired strengths, regardless of who was the Executive Editor, especially the foreign affairs reporting of
Kim Murphy.

See the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter's work here:

http://www.latimes.com/search/dispatcher.front?Query=%22Kim+Murphy%22&target=adv_article
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La Jornada, Mexico
WikiLeaks Reveals 'Devastating X-Ray' of Power in Mexico

"The U.S. diplomatic cables present an image of power in Mexico that is as bleak as it is deplorable. … They show that warnings about the loss of national sovereignty made by the most apocalyptic critics were not exaggerated. And they remind us that the struggle for national liberation is not the outdated nostalgia of nationalists, but a necessity that is the order of the day."

By Luis Hernandez Navarro
Translated By Florizul Acosta-Perez
March 1, 2011

On February 16, La Jornada published a news item outlining the doubts of U.S. Consul in Monterrey Bruce Williamson, on the effectiveness of the Mexican Army in their fight against narco-trafficking. "The military presence," he asserts in a confidential cable on July 29, 2009 - "is not a panacea for Nuevo Leon." The dispatch also states that in the battle against organized crime, there is a serious lack of coordination between the Army, the Attorney General's Office and the Public Security Secretariat; and that these agencies are infiltrated by those whom they are supposed to be fighting.
Read the rest of the post at:
http://worldmeets.us/lajornada000139.shtml#axzz1GGd33qs6

See also:
http://worldmeets.us/ -
WorldMeets.US provides accurate English translations of international news and views about the USA.

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