Tuesday, September 05, 2006
A day for solemn assembly
"Put on sackcloth, O priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God. Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD." --Book of JoelThe religious right regularly declares solemn assemblies about sins of personal morality that have been with humankind since the beginning. I hereby declare a solemn assembly against lies and deceit at the highest levels of government. Not that it's any surprise, but the electoral court has declared FeCal president elect. It will deliver weak and ultimately meaningless criticisms of Fox, corporations, the Catholic Church, and the IFE for their flagrant violations of election law. The court Fox endangered the elections. Had the court made this ruling when the PRD first raised objections to Fox's behavior, Calderon could not have won. It would have seriously clouded PAN's claim to be the party of reform. The country is drowning in lies. As Carlos Fernandez-Vega points out, the Mexican government boasts of having reduced the external debt by 15% (roughly $12.8B), but refuses to discuss the explosion of internal debt, up 118% (i.e., by roughly $60B). The poverty statistics are secret. It can't be a very happy day for Calderon, and it's certainly not a happy day for Mexico. Rightly or wrongly, a third of the population is convinced the election was stolen-- and anyone who thinks the electoral process was transparent is blind. Two states in Mexico are in or near a state of insurrection. Financial scandals of the Fox era will be the prelude to Calderon's inauguration. Recession in the US, according to many economists and financial analysts, may be around the corner. And Proceso is seeking to do a genuine recount. My prediction is that by the end of 2008, PAN will be wishing they hadn't stolen the presidency, that the Mexican people will not forgive them for the crime of today. As for practical actions one can take: BFast from Coca Cola, Wal-Mart, Televisa, Vip's Restaurants, and M&M's--and, of course, Mexican equities and bonds. For people in border states, Sabritas, Bimbo, Banamex, and Televisa are also under boycott.
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LOS PERIODISTAS. by Vicente Leñero
It is, indeed, a political news magazine.
Rather than send someone to a book, however, I would refer them to the National Security Archive, in which Proceso's groundbreaking journalism is featured prominently for exposing government involvement in the dirty war of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
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