A journalist is quietly given the boot
Posted: 23 Apr 2011 08:29 AM PDT
It captured little attention but Mexico a few days ago deported an Italian university instructor and journalist. The deportee was Gianni Proiettis, and he had lived in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas state for more than a decade and a half.
On April 15, immigration officials bundled Proiettis onto a private jet from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Mexico City. Two officials then accompanied him aboard an Aeromexico flight to Madrid and on to Rome.
One of Mexico’s main public intellectuals, the writer Elena Poniatowska, wrote in this morning’s La Jornada newspaper that the deportation of Proiettis, the first journalist to be deported since the 1990s, shows how thin-skinned the government is.
“Accepting criticism is one of the pillars of a civilized government but up to now our governments have responded with rage to the slightest criticism,” she wrote.
Poniatowska drew a comparison between what happened to Proiettis and to Carmen Aristegui, the very popular CNN debate show host and domestic radio commentator whose popular program was cancelled when she demanded that President Felipe Calderon respond to allegations by several legislators that he has a drinking problem. She was eventually invited back on the air.
Poniatowska clearly was friends with Proiettis. In her column, she describes her “true delight” at visiting the wooden cabin of the Italian and his Mexican wife, who grew organic vegetables and ate off ceramic dishes that they made themselves.
Proiettis, she said, was a magna cum laude graduate of Rome’s La Sapienza, one of Europe’s top universities, and offered classes at the Autonomous University of Chiapas in Anthropology. He was the first Italian journalist to interview Subcomandante Marcos, the Zapatista uprising leader, in 1994, and wrote a regular column for Il Manifesto, the communist newspaper in Italy.
Proiettis may have been involved in some incident with Calderon in Cancun during the global warming summit in early December. I don’t have first hand knowledge, but someone amid a group of journalists shouted an insult at Calderon. Whether that had something to do with his expulsion, I don’t know. But the booting of foreign journalists from Mexico is not a good sign, especially when organized crime is intimidating so many Mexican journalists in vast swaths of the country.
LaRaza Calls For Boycott Against Free Speech
No surprise here. Pulling the race/hate card again and using political correctness La Raza goes after cable shows reporting on illegal immigration.
"Murguía said she recognized that ultimately the power to change the debate lies with the Hispanic community itself. “Latinos buy products from the advertisers supporting these programs,” she said. “Latinos vote in primaries and in the general election. We have a significant role to play picking winners and losers in both arenas. We need to make it clear to those who embrace hate that they do so at their own economic and political peril.”
U.S. envoys and 'las mexicanas'
Posted: 23 Mar 2011 09:30 AM PDT
The last two U.S. ambassadors to Mexico have done more than diplomacy during their stints south of the border. Both got involved with Mexican women.
First there was Antonio Garza, the former Texas railroad commish who President George W. Bush appointed as top diplomat to Mexico in 2002. Garza began dating and eventually married Mariasun Aramburuzabala (yes, that is her correct last name. Quite a mouthful.). Former First Lady Laura Bush and a posse of Texans came for the Feb. 26, 2005, wedding although W. stayed behind. The couple divorced 10 months ago.
The just-resigned U.S. ambassador, Cuban-born Carlos Pascual, apparently irritated President Felipe Calderon when he started going out with Gabriela Rojas Jiménez, the daughter of a prominent legislative boss of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, that is in the opposition. Pascual is divorced. He quit last weekend over the WikiLeaks scandal.
Maybe Hillary should name a woman as next ambassador to the Aztec empire. Although I see Garza is suggesting the current No. 2 at the Embassy, John Feeley, as a possible replacement for Pascual.
Heather Mac Donald
April 14, 2008 6:00 A.M.
The Hispanic Family: The Case for National Action
Looking at and for honest numbers.
Those of us who have documented the growing underclass culture among second- and third-generation Hispanic Americans have grown accustomed to being called bigoted “xenophobes” by open-borders conservatives. For some reason, these same conservatives don’t object to anyone decrying the consequences of black illegitimacy rates, or the toll of black gang culture on community life. But point out the high Hispanic illegitimacy and school drop-out rates, or the march of ever-younger Hispanics into gangs, and you can be sure of being accused of “anti-Hispanic cant” by people who work overtime to maintain the myth of the redemptive Hispanic.
The list of bigots just got longer. Add the Economist magazine to the group of entities and individuals who need scourging for their anti-Hispanic bias. In the March 19 issue, the magazine reports the “bad news from California: The vaunted Latino family is coming to resemble the black family.” The magazine has the temerity to offer facts that are fighting words in some precincts of the right: “Half of all Hispanic children were born out of wedlock last year.” “The birth rate among unmarried Latinas is now much higher than the rate among black or white women.” “In 1995 the unmarried teenage birth rate for Latinas was 20% lower than the rate for blacks. It is now 12% higher.” “More than half of all young Hispanic children in families headed by a single mother are living below the federal poverty line, compared with 21% being raised by a married couple.”
To be sure, The Economist notes, stating the obvious: the “Latino family is not in such a dire state as the black family, where 71% of children are born to single mothers.” But the trends are not favorable: “the gap appears to be closing.” And even if both Latino parents are living together, that arrangement is no guarantee of familial stability: “unmarried Mexican-American couples who have children while living together are slightly more likely to break up than are blacks or whites in similar circumstances.”
Conservatives of all stripes routinely praise Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s prescience for warning in 1965 that the breakdown of the black family threatened the achievement of racial equality. They rightly blast those liberals who denounced Moynihan’s report, “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” as an expression of bigotry. Conservatives are equally fond of Moynihan’s 1993 article “Defining Deviancy Down.” That essay, published in the American Scholar, observed that American culture had responded self-defeatingly to the breakdown of traditional social controls by redefining what was once deviant behavior, such as illegitimacy, as normal.
It turns out that open-borders conservatives are themselves flawless at defining deviancy down — when it suits their purposes. The black illegitimacy rate was 23.6 percent in 1965, when Moynihan declared a crisis in the black family. Today’s Hispanic illegitimacy rate is over twice that, yet purveyors of the redemptive Hispanic myth tell us that all is well. So was Moynihan’s analysis right then but wrong now?
I have invited my critics to leave their think tanks and actually do some field research in heavily Hispanic schools. Were they to do so, they would discover that the stigma around teen pregnancy and single parenting has all but disappeared. The apologists for the Hispanic family would have to add to their growing list of anti-Hispanic bigots teens like Liliana, an American-born senior at Manual Arts High School near downtown Los Angeles. “This year was the worst for pregnancies,” she told me in 2004. “A lot of girls got abortions; some dropped out.” There’s no stigma attached to getting pregnant, Liliana reported. The myth-makers might also talk to teachers, who say that for many Hispanic male students, being a “player” now includes fathering children out-of-wedlock.
I am unaware that any open-borders conservatives have taken up my suggestion, but the Economist somehow managed to get some sense of the culture. “Machismo” among young Latinos in Fresno, Ca., makes them less likely to use condoms in their teen trysts, the Economist learned. Cohabitation is seen as normal among the poor, and single parenthood merely regrettable, the magazine reports.
Here’s someone else who will have to be added to “the list:” the head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Samuel Rodriguez. He warns that the state of the Latino family is a greater problem for Latinos than immigration reform, according to The Economist.
No one would ever label the Economist as restrictionist on immigration matters. But it has shown that a commitment to the facts is compatible with a range of policy positions on immigration. And it is those facts that will ultimately determine the fate of Hispanic immigrants and their progeny in the U.S. — whether they climb America’s economic and social ladder or form an increasingly entrenched second underclass.
— Heather Mac Donald is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and co-author of The Immigration
Go to http://www.MEXICANOCCUPATION.blogspot.com and read articles and comments from other Americans on what they’ve witnessed in their communities around the country. While most of the population of California is now ILLEGAL, the problems, costs, assault to our culture by Mexico is EVERYWHERE. copy and pass it to your friends.