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Follow Friday: @bloggingsbyboz, who has both eyes on Latin America

If you want to understand Latin America, James Bosworth’s Twitter feed is a very good place to start. The strategic analyst is Crikey’s latest Follow Friday story.

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Follow Friday: @tempus_fukit, riding the rails and writing beautifully

British journalist Joseph Woby is one of the best long-form writers around, as he risks his life to tell stories from the road.

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Ed turned pollie … a TomKat special … Anderson Cooper comes out …

In today’s Media Briefs: extra, extra: mag’s special TomKat edition … The hack who went on the Twitter attack … Front Page of the Day … Dark times ahead for News’ publishing unit … Sentia sends Aussie jobs to Malaysia and more …

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Studying Gillard’s Hansard record on Craig Thomson

I spent some time going back and looking at the Hansard record of how Julia Gillard has handled over the past few months the allegations about Craig Thomson and his behaviour at the Health Services union.

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Europe’s slow walk to the edge continues

What has been the result on the European financial markets that prompted the changes in governments?

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LA Times | LINKS|

Fewer Mexicans attempt the dangerous US border cross

Republican presidential nominees discussed an electric fence being built on the Mexican border. But unemployment, border security and drug cartels along the border have seen a huge drop in numbers of locals leaving Mexico.

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Wired | LINKS|

Mexican blogger decapitated by drug cartel

It’s a tough time to be an outspoken blogger or social media user in Mexico, with four murdered in horrific ways recently. The latest, a moderator on a popular social network site, was decapitated for tipping authorities off about cartels.

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Time | LINKS|

The tale of a convicted Mexican drug cartel murderer

From a dirty prison cell in Juarez, Mexico, UK journalist Ioan Grillo interviews Gonzalo, a former drug cartel leader — responsible for kidnappings, torture and numerous murders — now turned born-again Christian.

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Reuters | LINKS|

Two thirds of global murders occur in Africa or central America

Thanks to the worsening drug wars, men in Central America have a whopping 1 in 50 chance of being murdered before 30, according to a new United Nations report.

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The Oz tunes in … an enlightened Bolt …

It’s truly amazing how Melbourne-based Nick Leys’ account of Leckie’s “robust delivery” at the Sydney launch matched so similarly — identically, in fact — to TV Tonight’s David Knox. Plus other media news.

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Wired | LINKS|

Mexican drug cartels declare war on ‘internet snitches’

Mexican drug cartels appear to no longer make a distinction between old and new media, declaring the beginning of a violent war against ‘internet snitches,’ reports Robert Beckhusen.

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New York Times | LINKS|

The women soldiers in Mexico’s drug wars

The number of women in Mexican jails have jumped by 400% since 2007. But why? Most of the women are very young, used as tempting bait by gangs looking to kidnap male victims. Damien Cave examines the femnisation of the drug cartels.

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Time | LINKS|

The human cost of Mexico’s drug war

A haunting gallery by TIME photographer Shaul Schwarz chronicling the devastation of Mexico’s violent drug war, from murdered bodies in cars to grieving parents.

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Editor & Publisher | JOURNALISM|

The bloody war for freedom of press in Mexico

Threats and killings have, with few exceptions, successfully muted the Mexican press, who are fighting a losing battle for freedom of expression in one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, writes Joseph J. Kolp.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN|

Guanajuato: the most beautiful city in the world?

With it’s labyrinthine streets, hidden plazas and winding subterranean tunnels, the city of Guanajuato in central Mexico may well be one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Inga Ting went wandering with her camera.

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Letter from … Mexico, under its smoking guns

It is true that American demand keeps the cartels in business and that American legislation keeps the business illegal, writes Matthew Clayfield, a Sydney-based writer and critic.

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Economist | LINKS|

Drug trafficking routes in Mexico

Drug cartels in Mexico, which ruthlessly fight each other for a share of the market, also battle to control drug trafficking routes to the US worth billions of dollars. The Economist depicts the routes on an interactive map.

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New York Times | ENVIRONMENT|

The Mexican mud slide burying hundreds

The rainy season continues to torment Central America, with up to 1,000 people and 100-200 houses from a village trapped under a massive mud slide in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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The Guardian | LINKS|

Shots fired by the river, unknown number of dead #mexicandrugwars

As Mexican newspapers see their journalists killed and threatened for reporting the drug wars, bloggers and tweeters are increasingly the most effective media for following the assassinations, shootings and kidnappings as they happen.

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The Guardian | LINKS|

Señor drug trafficker, can you stop killing our journos?

Mexican newspaper El Diario de Juárez penned an editorial to the drug lords running the town, asking what exactly it can and cannot publish, following the assassination of another of its journalists last week.

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Boing Boing | LINKS|

Blogging Mexico’s messy drug war

Written by an anonymous twentysomething student, Blog De Narco chronicles the brutal violent drug wars underway in Mexico, including photos of bloody assassinated bodies and gold saint-encrusted guns. Boing Boing interviews the creator.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Mexico’s new eco-friendly soccer stadium

The city of Guadalajara in Mexico has opened a new stadium that looks like a volcano, has a roof designed to resemble a cloud and comes equipped with green features including rainwater capturing areas and energy efficient lighting.

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Global Post | LINKS|

Election season in a drug war

Mexico’s drug war ravages on, with even a candidate in the race for a state Governor sitting in a federal prison on drug charges. With political candidates embroiled in drug crime, how does the country hold elections?

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NY Review of Books | EUROPE|

Father Marcial Maciel: Mexico’s most notorious pedophile priest

Powerful Mexican priest Marcial Macielmay have died two years ago, but his life is suddenly getting a lot of attention in Mexico’s newspapers: with new revelations of child sexual abuse, bigamy, drug abuse and plagiarism being uncovered every day.

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Miami Herald | LINKS|

Mexico’s murder city

Caught in the center of Mexico’s drug wars, Ciudad Juárez is now the most dangerous city in the world outside of a war zone, with 686 murders this year alone.

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