Medianoche en Mexico: Un periodista desciende por las tinieblas de un pais en guerra

By Alfredo Corchado

Within the final six years, greater than 80 thousand humans were killed within the Mexican drug warfare, and drug trafficking there's a multibillion-dollar company. In a rustic the place the strong are hardly ever scrutinized, famous Mexican American journalist Alfredo Corchado refuses to slash from reporting on executive corruption, murders in Juarez, or the ruthless drug cartels of Mexico. A paramilitary team spun off from the Gulf cartel, the Zetas, controls key drug routes within the north of the rustic. In 2007, Corchado acquired a tip that he may be their subsequent target—and he had twenty 4 hours to determine if the probability used to be true.

instead of go away his state, Corchado went out into the Mexican geographical region to track examine the probability. As he frantically contacted his resources, Corchado suspected the danger used to be his punishment for returning to Mexico opposed to his mother’s needs. His mom and dad had fled north after the loss of life in their younger daughter, and raised their young children in California the place they worked as migrant employees. Corchado back to Mexico as a journalist in 1994, confident that Mexico may someday foster political responsibility and depart in the back of the pervasive corruption that has plagued its humans for decades.

yet during this land of extremes, the space of inequality—and injustice—remains vast. Even after the 2000 election that positioned Mexico’s competition social gathering in energy for the 1st time, the possibilities of democracy didn't materialize. The robust PRI had labored with the cartels, taking a bit in their revenue in trade for a extra peaceable, and extra managed, drug exchange. however the party’s long-awaited defeat created a vacuum of strength in Mexico urban, and within the cartel-controlled states that border the U.S.. The cartels went to struggle with each other within the mid-2000s, in the course of the battle to regain keep watch over of the rustic instituted by means of President Felipe Calderón, and merely the violence flourished. The paintings Corchado lives for can have killed him, yet he wasn't able to depart Mexico—not then, might be by no means. Midnight in Mexico is the tale of 1 man’s quest to file the reality of his country—as he raced to avoid wasting his personal life.
 

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Van a matar a mucha gente. No querrás ser uno de ellos. —Está bien, ya entendí —dije—. Ya me voy. No vale los angeles pena arriesgar l. a. vida, pensé, por una pandilla de rufianes que engalanan sus pistolas con joyas e imágenes de l. a. Virgen de Guadalupe y simultáneamente adoran a los angeles Santa Muerte. —La cuestión es que no creo que los angeles gente entienda l. a. gravedad de esto —continuó mi fuente—. Los mexicanos siguen viviendo en los angeles negación, convencidos de que es un problema aislado en los angeles frontera, �me entiendes? Creen que culpar a Estados Unidos les quita su responsabilidad. Y a los americanos les vale madres todo lo relacionado con México, mientras no afecte su tiempo de playa. Yo sabía que tenía razón. —Así que property tranquilo un rato —dijo—. Te va a hacer bien. Carnal, ten cuidado. Cuídate las espaldas. Mantente en contacto y cambia tu rutina constantemente. No te pierdas. Le di las buenas noches y de inmediato le marqué a Ángela. Le dejé un recado, asegurándole que al día siguiente me regresaba a Texas. Deseé que el ventilador girara más rápido para disipar los angeles humedad. Volví a abrir los angeles ventana. Había caído los angeles noche, sin luna ni estrellas en el cielo. Afuera, el ruido de los angeles gente y l. a. música period aún más fuerte. Me dieron ganas de salir a echarme el caminero. Pero otra vez tenía miedo. Quería irme a casa. Quería encontrar mi hogar, más convencido que nunca de que ya no period en México. Me metí arrastrando a los angeles cama y me puse otra vez a contemplar el ventilador. Esa noche, acostado en l. a. cama en San Pancho, oyendo un saxofón estruendoso, me quedó perfectamente claro que ese mal que mi madre temía cuando nos fuimos de nuestro país, ahora se había liberado. El mal andaba suelto en México. SEGUNDA PARTE Ocho 1994 Cenizas de los angeles columna de humo del Popocatépetl caían por todo Coyoacán, mi nuevo barrio. Estaba viviendo en una de las zonas más legendarias e históricas de México, en una ex hacienda, más mansión que casa, pintada de blanco, verde y ocre claro, con techos altos, pisos de madera y un patio trasero lleno de plantas. Al frente, los angeles ceniza blanca espolvoreaba el golfing 1988 que acababa de comprarle al corresponsal saliente. El barrio elegante y tradicional me resultaba surrealista, habiendo emigrado de un pueblo polvoriento de Durango. Mi padre se había ido joven al norte, a Estados Unidos a ganar dólares. Ahora yo tenía 34 años, y había venido a México siguiendo el sueño de reconectar con mi patria después de haber pasado l. a. mayor parte de mi vida en Estados Unidos. Me había americanizado. Estaba extático de estar en mi primer trabajo oficial de corresponsal “extranjero”. Pero podía sentir una amargura creciente a mi alrededor. Ese año, 1994, había sido difícil para México. El país lamentaba l. a. muerte violenta de dos líderes políticos clave, entre ellos un candidato presidencial, y el PRI, que había representado al sistema gobernante por más de 60 años, empezaba a dar señales de debilidad, aunque el partido seguía atrincherado en el poder. Un levantamiento indígena había iniciado en el sur. El tipo de cambio iba en caída libre y una devaluación del peso arrasó las cuentas de ahorros e hizo que los pocos pesos en los bolsillos de los mexicanos valieran mucho menos que un mes antes.

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