Over the weekend: Super highway negotiations; commentary on Cancun meeting

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Saturday 2/27/10

 El Financiero (Mexico City) 2/26/10

 Drug seizure in the Caribbean

Panama – A joint operation with the Panamanian National Naval Air Service and the US Coast Guard resulted in the seizure of 910 kilos of cocaine off the Caribbean coast of Panama.  The Naval Air Service intercepted a Panamanian boat some 140 miles north of Isla Grande and alerted the USCG.  A Colombian and two others, not identified, were arrested.  Thus far into the year, some four tons of drugs, mostly cocaine, have been seized by Panama.


A load too heavy

Paraguay – An aircraft crashed today in a wooded area in the northeast of Paraguay, presumably due to the excessive weight of a cargo of drugs, according to police.  Paraguay is a producer of marihuana and a transit zone for cocaine and “crack” where binational Brazilian-Paraguayan cartels operate.


 El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 2/26/10

 Safety assured in Nogales

The second in command of the municipal police in Nogales, Sonora, assured that the city is under control.  There have been arrests and the civic government is working.  Adalberto Padilla Molina said the border town should not be seen as insecure and there should be no alarm about visiting.  This announcement was in reference to the alert issued several days ago by the US State Department to be in effect until August of this year.


 El Informador (Guadalajara, Jalisco) 2/26/10

 [Op/Ed column by Carlos Corveras Gibsone, political analyst ]

 Successful drama

The summit meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean unit of the Grupo del Rio took place in Cancun.  The challenge for Mexico is great.  Lost leadership cannot be recovered with strokes of the pen and papers signed by an appalling foreign policy.  It would require all this bunch of national leaders to come off their summits, pedestals and grandstands so that they could take the real measure of their size.

 Like always, there is this yearning for us to withdraw from the US and Canada and feel very “cool” and powerful, when — at least in Mexico — we depend on the [economic] growth of the gringos.  If this year we expect to grow close to 4%, it is not on our own merits, but because our neighbor to the north begins its recovery and, for that reason, ours.  Since I can recall, I have heard the politicians speak of this union as something good.  It stays very clearly with me that it has never been a matter of discussion, and if it has endured so long, it is because it doesn’t concern the other countries.  Therefore, I believe that these summits are not another thing for the rudeness of media “ego” the politicians need so much.  Did they really convene in Mexico to unite with Bolivia?  Honduras? Paraguay?  With types like Correa, Daniel Ortega, Evo Morales?

 For example, from capitalist Caracas with its military 11 years ago to the socialist Caracas, there is a difference that is only possible to measure in garbage, holes, bad odors and decline. The left of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela thinks, for example, that it can expropriate whatever private property with a stroke of the pen.  Thus it has been doing, including Mexican companies.  Does Calderon really think that a union with a country like that is possible?  What would the rules for private property be?  Those of Chavez?  No thanks.

 At the same time that our president evokes “the values of democracy, justice and liberty” as a common denominator of the region, in Cuba an incarcerated dissident dies after 85 days of a hunger strike and all who supported him are jailed and threatened.  We want to unite with a country where at least liberty exists.  [Brazilian President ] Lula’s remark, “Not even jokingly can it be accepted that military juntas prevail in the region,” should fall like a bomb on Chavez.  He added that they would decide if we are in the way and move us aside so they can “impose order.”

 What if the US and Canada simply say: if you don’t want us, stay with your Organization of American States and arrange it as you can?  All this bunch of demagogues forget that the OAS does not only concern political matters.  It develops and carries out an entire framework of activities to the benefit of all the member states.  Do the presidents who met in Cancun really believe that they are going to isolate the US?  The success was dramatic.  Better than nothing.



 Sunday 2/28/10

 Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Michoacán) 2/27/10

 Super highway negotiations

Michoacán Governor Leonel Godoy Rangel foresees a “grand success” if negotiations succeed in opening the “super highway” connecting Central America, Mexico, the US and Canada.  Speaking from the first round of meetings in Laredo, Texas, Godoy said, “Laredo is the port of entry to the US, Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacán, is the entryway for the Asian market and we can add Central America.  We can do much together.”  Governor Godoy considers that the conditions are favorable because of the direct railway route that exists using the services of Kansas City Southern and the Customs experience Laredo has.  He said the maritime port of Lazaro Cardenas is the most important one in Mexico and is seeking to become the most important on the Pacific coast.  “The immediate objective is to try to establish a free corridor from Lazaro Cardenas to Canada, and Laredo is the key point in this strategy,” the governor emphasized.


 El Imparcial (Hermosillo, Sonora) 2/27/10

 Ex-police agent arrested in Juarez massacre

Mexican military authorities arrested the third suspect in the January 31 massacre of 15 people in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.  The ex-municipal police officer, 36, is said to belong to the criminal group “La Linea” or Juarez cartel.  He publicly confessed to shooting at least one of the students “point blank,” killing him as he tried to escape through the back of the building in which the youths were having a party.


 Monday 3/1/10

 [The news from Latin America was dominated by the tragic earthquake in Chile.  Only one story of possible interest to history buffs: ]

 El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) and La Jornada (Mexico City) 2/28/10

 Historic passing

Ana Maria Zapata Portillo, the last child of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, died in Cuautla, Morelos.  She was 95 and last officially recognized of Zapata’s children.


 -end of report-

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