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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.


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:

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

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Sept. 1962. #MLK I was a young kid living in #Memphis with my family that April night in 1968 when we returned home from a trip to #McDonalds and like so many nights before, I raced to the TV set in the living room to beat my two younger sisters to be the one who turned on the TV. As my parents walked in and settled down on the family couch, to see what was on TV, literally, within one minute, came the Breaking News that Dr. King had been shot elsewhere in the city. And the news only got worse as the night went on as news soon confirmed that Dr. King had died as a result of the assassination attempt, and soon there was widespread looting and violence in Memphis, the very things he had adamantly opposed. Eventually came the news that the city was under curfew, and sometime before midnight, because my family lived in a new-ish apt. complex that was on the same road as the nearby Armory, my parents and I and many of our neighbors watched in silence from the sidewalk/curb as tanks driven by members of the mobilized National Guard drove towards downtown Memphis, because the city's powers-that-be had decided that this would show the people who was boss. As my mother tells the story, one of my neighbors remarked on the irony of U.S. Army tanks being used to try to stop violence by Americans who were upset about the murder of a great man who had won the #NobelPeacePrize. It was the first time I remember ever hearing this strange word: #irony.

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When you leave but bring the spare key because it is yours to keep.

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2 0 1 7. I made new mistakes and old ones again. I learned things I didn't know and I things I had already learned the hard way but needed to repeat either way. I fell in love again and again, with the same man, and realized that is the way to do it. I stopped thinking life happened to me and started enjoying taking control of what tomorrow would entail. I wrote even when it hurt and I apologized even when they didn't. I almost gave up but woke up and stood up and spoke up and didn't budge and moved on and forgave myself for not always knowing what to do. I decided the most important thing is to be proud of who I become and to make sure she is someone to be proud of. All I truly have is the opportunity to be whoever I want to be, and knowing that is everything.

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I'm not the only poet in this relationship ❥

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The boyfriend of Mikaela -Malin and Jennifer's sister- wrote above: "Honey, you are my everything, my dream, my imagination, my reality, my future. Sounds like something that I would write to someone special -and have!
FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!