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Calderon, a man of many suits

Mexican cartoonists Antonio Helguera and Jose Hernandez created the above cartoon of President Calderon wearing a variety of suits for his different “special occasions.” By the descriptions of each one, it sounds like these suits are not very appealing to the Mexican people. No doubt that making fun of the president in this way shows that the Mexican populace has lost confidence in him. Calderon initiated the head on military fight against the drug cartels but he does not have the full support of his country. How is the drug war supposed to get any better if Mexican people can’t believe in their own President? Perhaps Calderon should stop the acting, take off all these costumes, and take things at a different angle…listen to what his nation is telling him.

 

I plan to more or less translate into English each description underneath the cartoons of Calderon and analyze why I believe the cartoonists wrote it.

 

1.) Well, to start off, the Mickey Mouse character caught my eye first. The caption directly underneath it says, something along the lines of Very Tight Pants, Very High Pants, or Well Swaddled Pants.

 

Description: designed especially to receive high authority/ranking  officiality from the U.S. government.

 

Analysis: My way of looking at it is it seems like Calderon wears the pants, he’s the boss here. And his pants are so tight, it’s like to say he’s got the balls to say certain things, or he’s got the guts to because he blames everybody else using their first and last name.

He even blamed the U.S. government about the crisis of the cartels in his country to the point that President Obama personally had to pay him a visit in Mexico to clarify things. So he’s got the tight pants, because he’s got some nerve.

 

2.) The next one to the left is the burglar looking character of Calderon. The title says “Model Chompiras,” meaning little thief or good for nothing.

 

Description:  This fine suit inspired by the ideologies of the PAN party, is the one that Calderon used when he took over the presidency.

 

Analysis: People in Mexico use “Chompiras” for slang to refer to Calderon when they want to say he is good for nothing. Chompiras was a little thief on a television show back in the 70’s in Mexico. But every time he wanted to commit a crime, everything would go wrong, so he was bad at being a thief. So I’m thinking that means the people think that Calderon is such a  “good for nothing” that he even sucks at being at thief.

 

3.) The next one to the left is the Doctor suit. The title is “Doctor’s Coat.”

 

Description: this design was created for very special occasions when Calderon needs to show an air of authority like new measures against the common cold or announce when a lady that was raped by soldiers in reality had gastritis.

Analysis: So, I believe the idea is that he got into power to be the doctor of Mexico’s illnesses. He was going to cure all of Mexico’s sicknesses. But actually the only thing he really does is take measures against little problems, the big ones are still there.

In real life, he’s given a speech about the drug war where he’s metaphorically worn a doctor’s coat. I will paste a small passage from an online news article that talks about this speech. It’s all in spanish but if you use google translator most of it makes sense…which is actually what I did. So below you can read some of it.

 

Here’s the link to a news article addressing this speech.

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/columnas/71965.html

 

Calderónmetaphorically put a white coat to speak of the famous war against drugs.

He responds well to Javier Moreno of the country on whether imagined the magnitude of the problem:

‘When I came to the presidency, his reach was no longer tenable. I got to the theater knowing that the patient had a very serious condition, but when opened, we realized it was invaded by many places and had to heal at any cost.

At first strange parallelism. Well, in war and there is blood in the operating room, right? Sometimes a lot … And dead, as we have in Mexico.

Still, Dr. Calderon is confident that the patient-country-cancer drug save.

Note: you did not say that we are winning but not enough, famous phrase from his attorney, assistant operation, Eduardo Medina Mora. The diagnosis of the chief surgeon of the nation state is less optimistic: we will win, he says. When? What cost? After many chemotherapies, radiation, operations? Who knows?

-By Katia D´ Artigues
16 June 2008

 

So Calderon, to sum it up, believes that Mexico has the right strategy and the exact cure and will of course win this war, while others continue question.

4.) The following cartoon down is the image of Calderon in a Catholic priest outfit. This title says something like: Cassock for the Gala. A cassock is “an item of clerical clothing, is an ankle-length robe worn by clerics of the Roman Catholic Church.” (wikipedia)

 

Description: Perfect when there are events organized by the Vatican. But the Pope doesn’t feel like coming.

 

Analysis: The picture here is that Calderon is very moralist (in his speeches). He tends to preach (to the Mexicans) just like the priests would do to a congregation.

 

He has the custom/tendency to preach to the Mexican people in different public acts as if they were all Catholic. He talks about the Virgin Guadalupe, the Pope, and he quotes Bible verses thinking that all Mexicans are Catholic and belong to his “flock.” But he obviously doesn’t know his own country at all, for not all of them profess the faith of Catholicism.

 

I’m going to post a portion of a blog post from a Mexican woman who was angered by a speech Calderon gave about Catholicism representing the Mexican people.

Once again, it was all in Spanish, but I used google translator to turn it into English.

 

After all, many Mexicans, most Mexicans, the Lady of Guadalupe is a sign of identity and unity. We Guadalupe, independently, dare I say, much of the faith, beliefs and non beliefs and, of course, it is for those who profess the Catholic faith, who certainly brings this image as representative of Mexico and the Mexicans. He stressed that the Basilica is a place full of significant events since the appearance of the Virgin to Juan Diego, landmark religious, social integration factor of national unity and cultural diversity “(presidencia.gob.mx).

Who has told so blessed official, who can claim the right to consider ourselves professing the same religion, in this case Catholicism, as if we were his flock?

Obviously, it continues without being in his right mind. He forgot that there are figures in the various percentages of believers, a number of religions and even freethinkers or atheists, we add a not insignificant number whose status is attributed not pleasant nor edifying us.

He continued in his exalted sermon (sorry, in his address substance) noting that:

“… The design is inspired by the papal coat of John Paul II, who is fondly remembered by Mexicans for his message of peace we need.”

Unfortunately I lost the link to this blog, but if I do end up finding it, I’ll edit it into this post.

 

But this lady’s strong opinion absolutely has some truth in it. Calderon seems to have the fame of being more of a Pope than the real Pope and more be a better Virgin Mary than the actual Virgin Mary, bringing his Catholic religion to the spot light in every opportunity that he can.

 

 

5.) Finally the last suit is the Napoleon looking guy. The title says “Straightjacket.”

 

Description: designed especially for delusions of grandeur. It’s a suit made to order to visit Waterloo City, Chihuahua to let the citizens in that area know that we are winning the war against the drug cartels.

 

Analysis: Sarcastically saying, like Calderon is actually going to go to Chihuahua and say “Yeah we are winning the war against the narcos”…But the people living there and going through the war in everyday life know it’s not true. But he likes to go around acting like he’s so important like Napoleon. But think about it… what ended up happening to Napoleon?

 

What other suits can you think of?

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Leftist presidential Candidate’s stance on drug war

 

Marcelo Ebrard is the Mayor of Mexico City and is running in the 2012 Mexican presidential election. He says that if he were to be elected president he would take out the country’s military from the drug cartel fight and discuss with policymakers from the U.S. on how they can improve laws regarding narcotics in both countries.

He proclaims that the relationship between certain drugs like marijuana consumption and the fabrication and distributing of it are “schizophrenic.”

It isn’t logical according to him that “the United States is legalizing marijuana and we’re over here killing ourselves on the street over marijuana.” He backs up his claim by saying that the legalization of marijuana in California has reduced illegal drug dealing and drug related conflicts and misdemeanors.

He goes on to say, “We need to have a common policy with the United States, because if not, we have a schizophrenic scheme that is very costly for Mexico.”

He reported his stance on this particular issue at an interview at City Hall, where on the same day the government released a book, published by the government, glorifying all of Mayor Ebrard’s successes throughout his term as Mayor in certain areas like environment and transportation.

This book along with his unique stance on popular issues in Mexico will support his effort to make his name known nationally throughout Mexico where most voters don’t know who he is.

The only thing standing in his way is the former Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He, unlike Ebrard, is popular and well-known throughout the nation, and is well-favored even when people ragged on him for not respecting Calderon when he took office.

By the end of this week, polls will tell who will become the next leftist candidate that will run in the 2012 Mexican presidential election. It could be Ebrard…it could be Obrador.

Going back to the issue at hand, he declares he would take the military out of the streets and create “state police forces that could tackle trafficking and corruption locally. He’d also seek to reform the judicial system.”

This is something completely different than Calderon’s current and future plans for the security and drug issue. He wants the military to stay “on the job” until the existing local and state police forces have been evaluated and rid of their corrupted officers, traitors and instigators of harm to the innocent Mexican civilians.

Calderon did, however, win “approval of a judicial reform bill in 2008 that, among other things, would bring U.S.-style oral trials to Mexico.” All other reform plans though have been held up by a disobliging Congress.

At this point, in my opinion, I would like to see Mexico get Calderon out of office. See if any positive change could happen from a different person occupying the king’s throne, but I don’t know if Ebrard would be the right guy to do that, since I don’t know any of his other stances on policies/issues.

I’m not completely hating on Calderon either. I will commend him on the economy improving significantly since he’s been in office, but a breath of fresh air from Calderon sounds nice.   

Article Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/11/mexico-city-mayor-drug-war.html

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human rights watch cites dozens of authority abuse issues in mexico

A group called the Human Rights Watch went to Mexico where the drug cartel violence had been extremely gruesome and talked to many families in which a loved one in their family became of a captured victim of the Mexican navy, army, or other authority figured force.

Some of these victims were kidnapped and never appeared again, others were shot and killed.

These families call the government, and agencies, and human rights commissions, and no one is willing to help. Even some go to the courts to share their experience of torture and abuse and the judge doesn’t believe them. There’s authority abuse on all sides of the spectrum, ” from prosecutors who give detainees prewritten confessions to sign, to medical examiners who classify beatings and electric shock as causing minor injuries.”

An article in the Huffington Post states, “Only 15 soldiers have been convicted out of the 3,671 investigations launched by military prosecutors into alleged human rights violations by soldiers against civilians from 2007 to June 2011, according to the report.”

The only thing these families can do is investigate for themselves, in which they write down and collect  information about the event and write down their accounts of the last time they saw their loved ones and hope someone will listen…someone will help.

Even President Calderon said he’s tired of hearing all the fuss and bother about the Mexican military abuse reports and would rather just let them do their job and not deal with the situation.

I thought a president was supposed to care about the public and their issues, I thought a president is elected to confront situations and deal with them in any way possible until they can get resolved or at least partially taken care of in some form to make the people happy again.

Ever since I’ve started this blog, all the research and reading I’ve done on President Calderon is not positive. It seems he is a selfish guy that only cares about popularity and the Mexican people do not favor him in the slightest.

The Mexican 2012 election is rolling around soon and hopefully he will not get re-elected. Let’s get him out of there and see if the other party, or even just a different candidate could take better action on this manner. Let’s hope they can clean this up.

And perhaps with a different president, they would like to accept the United State’s help more. Maybe things could really change…and for the better with just a new person in that chief position.

Nonetheless, while the time to election is ticking, the Mexican death toll is rising.

To read a lot more on the subject go here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/mexico-drug-war-human-rights-abuses_n_1084870.html

 

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Legalisation?

Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UA

Apparently this is showing Calderon changing his mind about which path he would rather take for Mexico. However, I don’t know if this is truly something he would like to do. I don’t know if he wants to do anything at all for that matter.

He seems to be stagnant in his position towards this lately. He lets the Mexican military take care of it while he blames the United States for most of the problem going on. I absolutely agree that the United States plays a role in this but he’s not really doing much to clean up the situation either.

I watched a video from a segment called “Hard Talk” from BBC News.

This video kinda struck a nerve in me that made me decide that I don’t like Calderon very much. But that’s just my own opinion.

This definitely could count as “Hard Talk,” cause there’s some hard back and forth questioning and retorting going on.

 

I’ve tried to be indifferent towards the Mexican government, but it’s becoming more difficult.

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No More Blood!

The image on the left designed by Alejandro Magallanes is the logo for the “No More Blood” campaign.

This image has been utilized everywhere in Mexico, in protests, as graffiti, and anywhere on the streets as a new plan of action encouraging change developed by a group of famous Mexican political cartoonists.

Together these cartoonists are focusing all of their new cartoons towards the bloodshed of the nation, and the creator of this campaign Eduardo Del Rio hoped that the campaign would “change the media discourse on the issue of drug war violence.” Changing the discourse would mean being able to reveal the importance of the severity of this issue in Mexican’s personal lives.  If that’s all people talk about, then that’s all that’s going to be in the minds of the people, which may result in taking action in any way that they are capable of.

The main storyline that the government and police had been broadcasting was that “90 percent of the dead were linked to organized crime. Innocent murder victims were often downplayed as ‘collateral damage’.”

However, back in March, 7 young adults were murdered, one of whom was the son of the famous poet Javier Sicilia. This is when public opinion began to change from it just being “collateral damage.” A week after the death of his son, Sicilia instigated a nationwide protesting movement condemning the drug violence and the government’s methods towards the whole situation.

It’s a sad idea that someone has to die, particularly in this case, a famous poet’s son has to die, before he or anyone else would take any action to start an uprising against this terrorism. Why haven’t they done this before? Perhaps people are afraid, afraid to be silenced by getting killed. But it’s definitely better late than never.

Antonio Helguera explains that sometimes people find it difficult to understand what’s going on in politics, especially if they don’t have knowledge on the history of the subject. So what he’s discovered through his own experience is “that when I opened newspapers, the key to unlocking the messages were the cartoons. If you go by what the newspapers tell you directly, the messages are empty. Cartoons provide the keys to decode these messages.”

He said that the messages they’re trying to implement has nothing to do with making fun of the victims, but that they “focus our ridicule on the creators and promoters of this war. I’m referring to (President) Calderon and the secretaries of the armed forces and marines, the chief of the federal police and all those people. It’s against them.”

The above image is referencing President Calderon’s visit to Standford University in May of 2011. A small aircraft flew over the university whilst he gave a commencement speech carrying a banner with the “No more blood” logo saying “40,000 dead! How many more?” The cartoon portrays Calderon responding something along the lines of “soon they’ll stop harassing me about the 40,000 dead because soon there will be 50,000 dead.”

In connection, José Hernández believes it’s the cartoons that could be the dominant style of education and be the gate to the eye opening alertness that will hopefully lead to a larger result of the “No More Blood” campaign; he asserts “because a society that’s informed and organized is less susceptible to manipulation and abuse.”

Let’s hope that this message can be spread across the border to the United States as well. The more people that know about it, the more we can do to help stop the continuation of these murders. I think it’d be a great idea if they started some kind of non-profit organization for this, perhaps create merchandise such as t-shirts and other items that people could purchase in support in order to spread the message further and educate others on the subject. I’m planning on creating my own t-shirt with the logo. It’s such a unique logo, it’d spark the interest of people to ask me about it, which I then could educate them about the issue, and perhaps even encourage them to do the same as me and start a ripple effect. We could start a “No More Blood” revolution!

Article Source: http://www.pri.org/stories/arts-entertainment/arts/cartoonists-fight-bloodshed-in-mexican-drug-war6002.html

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Don’t Get Too Comfortable

By clicking the image above, you will be directly linked to a video on CBS News website called ” Mexican Pres. Calderon on drug war, immigration.” 

President Calderon visited the “Early Show” a few weeks ago and talked about the type of action we, Mexico together with the United States, need to take in order to slowly stop this war on drugs.

40,000 deaths have occurred in Mexico since 2006 (6 times more than the deaths of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan),  and the steps Calderon has undertaken have not helped stop the cartels, but have helped increase the country’s economy. This  includes more opportunites for young people to receive higher education, better jobs in hospitals,and Mexico has in total, created approximately 800,000 new jobs, which as a result has decreased immigration into the United States down to almsot 0% in the last year.

This is quite an impressive feat for Mexico, however the headlines are not showing these accomplishments, they are more focused towards the mass murders and destruction of the drug cartels. This is something that the United States needs to be more cooperative with and collaborate more as well, according to Calderon.

Therefore, there is an increasing amount of success economically for Mexico, but there’s also an increasing amount of suffering, killings, and devastation from the ongoing drug war.

So, it’s not a good idea for Calderon and Mexico to get too comfortable with their achievements just yet, and the United States shouldn’t be content with the decreased immigration rate either, because there is still a lot of drug usage, drug dealing, and desolation as well.

Problems both countries mutually need to work out.

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