Commentary on Latin America. Mostly about Mexico - but not always. Designed to encourage readers to learn about the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people spread across two continents - but not always. You can always count on a little snark.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Reading Mexico: Area Specialists Needed
Dallas Morning News carried an interesting analysis of the narcotics violence in Mexico by Andrew Steele of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for scholars. I would love to see an extended conversation with Steele and see him as a talking head more than some half-educated journalist. I think his observations are level-headed, and while I don't feel like I have to agree with everything he said, it at least has some logic behind it and avoids blanket buzz words like "apocalyptic" and "nightmare." Steele is a good example of the kind of commentary we should see the press going to instead of Wall Street Journal reporters or former Iraq correspondents plopped down in the Zona Rosa. Kudos to the Dallas Morning News and Alfredo Corchado for presenting a conversation that was worth reading. And double Kudos for Steele in acknowledging the corruption, criminal partners, and demand in the United States that make high-violence narco-crime in Mexico possible.
Jason Dormady is currently an associate professor of history at Central Washington University where he teaches courses on Mexico, general Latin American topics, world history, and religion in Latin America. He is also a member of the CWU Latin@ and Latin American Studies program faculty. You can read about my research interests at Academia.
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