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NPT Media: Troubled Times?

Brace yourself, Times. You’ve got visitors. We are prepared to feel your pain. Seriously, I know we don’t always play nice with each other. But the better you are, the better we are, and the better off El Paso is. Best of luck, folks. I got my fingers crossed …

Sito Negron

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March 3, 2009 at 11:05 am

NPT Drug War: Suddenly, the border exists, and everyone’s writing and broadcasting about us

On and off, major news organizations such as television network news and major papers like the NY Times write and broadcast stories about the border. In the past week, the LA Times, New York Times, CBS and many others have written and broadcasted about the Drug War and the violence in Juarez and Mexico. Somehow, the old adage, just make sure the name is spelled correctly, doesn’t seem like much comfort:

CBS News: The War Next Door

LA Times: The war we gave Mexico

Time Mag: “One of the world’s most militarized borders.”

NY Times: ‘We could still rescue ourselves.’

LA Times: Columbus’ view on the ‘bloody brawl’

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March 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

NPT Juxtapose: In Mexico, who can you trust?

From the Wall Street Journal, Feb. 21, 2009: Mr. Fasci thinks the gangs are trying to goad the police into a crackdown that would generate antipathy for the authorities and the army. “We’re not going to fall for it,” he says. Neither will the Mexican government call off the soldiers. Mexico has no choice but to deploy the army to do what corrupt and inefficient state and local police forces can’t, says Mr. Fasci. And the protests are likely a sign the military is having success pressuring the drug gangs, say officials.

From NPT, Oct. 16, 2008, Human rights official decries military takeover, abuses in Juarez: Last year, 20 violations of human rights were reported to the Chihuahua State Commission of Human Rights. This year, since the arrival of the military to Juarez, more than 250 violations – including torture, robbery and kidnapping – have been reported.

From NPT, May 1, 2006, Of Juarez and the “Dirty War” in Mexico: A draft of an unprecedented report by Mexico’s government on the nation’s “dirty war” of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, published on The National Security Archive Web site, shows that during the administrations of Presidents Diaz Ordaz (1964-1970), Echeverria (1970-1976) and Lopez Portillo (1976-1982) hundreds of Mexican citizens — uncounted innocent civilians as well as armed militants — were murdered or “disappeared” by military and security forces. Thousands more were tortured, or illegally detained, or subjected to government harassment and surveillance.

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February 21, 2009 at 11:30 pm

NPT Media: Furloughs at ABC-7

First it was the El Paso Times. (Actually, first it was us with a lovely vacation during the December holiday). Now it’s ABC-7, which reported on its own newscast that it is making employees take an unpaid week off (except for sales reps). Yikes!

Sito Negron

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February 19, 2009 at 11:00 am

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