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Bowden: Mexico’s narco-military dictatorship and the law of fear

Two excerpts from the Charles Bowden article in Mother Jones titled We Bring Fear:

There are two Mexicos.

There is the one reported by the US press, a place where the Mexican president is fighting a valiant war on drugs, aided by the Mexican Army and the Mérida Initiative, the $1.4 billion in aid the United States has committed to the cause. This Mexico has newspapers, courts, laws, and is seen by the United States government as a sister republic.

It does not exist.

There is a second Mexico where the war is for drugs, where the police and the military fight for their share of drug profits, where the press is restrained by the murder of reporters and feasts on a steady diet of bribes, and where the line between the government and the drug world has never existed.


EMILIO GUTIÉRREZ SOTO and his attorney Carlos Spector sit inside the sanctuary of the United States but the violence of Mexico never lets up. On Tuesday, March 3, four Mexican soldiers visit a friend of Carlos’ in Juárez and hand him a photograph. He does not yet know it, but at that instant, Carlos moves from knowing Mexico to feeling its breath on the back of his neck. In the photo, Carlos is wearing a blue suit and entering the El Paso County Courthouse. The photograph was taken the previous Thursday.

The soldiers say, “Your friend is a criminal and we are looking for him. Tell him to get ahold of us.”

Outside, more men wait in a Hummer.

Carlos gets the call from his friend and falls into his new life. He spent half his childhood living in Juárez. He moves freely and easily in two worlds. And now this seamless web is slashed in half.

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July 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm

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Lomas de Poleo: ‘If you don’t get out of the way, I’ll get this out.’

An e-mail update from supporters of the residents of Lomas de Poleo:

Dear Friends of Lomas del Poleo:
I’m forwarding you this Amnesty Alert re. the recent assault on the property and person of Dona Carmen Quinones in Lomas
which I have just received. The attachment has the full details of the alert and the action steps. Please forward to your lists.
Fr. Bill Morton

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July 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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Immigrants and haters

An editorial posted in NPT asserted this fact: Numerous studies by independent researchers and government commissions over the past 100 years repeatedly and consistently have found that, in fact, immigrants are less likely to commit crimes or to be behind bars than are the native-born. This is true for the nation as a whole, as well as for cities with large immigrant populations such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Miami, and cities along the U.S.-Mexico border such as San Diego and El Paso.

The El Paso Times reported this today: Talk-show host Dom Giordano of CBS Radio’s WPHT will travel to El Paso for two shows about drug smuggling and immigration issues. … Immigration will be on the minds of Giordano and his crew. They will be joined in El Paso by the owner of Philadelphia’s Geno’s Steaks, Joey Vento, who stood in the national spotlight in 2005 after hanging a sign on his shop that read, “This is America. When ordering, please speak English.” “America seems to be now for everybody but Americans,” Vento said in an interview Monday with the El Paso Times. In El Paso, Giordano said, he will interview and ride along with border agents. His show will broadcast from El Paso on July 15 and 16.

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July 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm

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