Here's a recent post at La Plaza, the L.A. Times Latin America news blog, on the disappearance of one of the most powerful men in Mexico, Diego Fernandez de Ceballos. The former presidential candidate for the PAN went missing on Friday night on his ranch in Querétaro.
Five days later, pretty much the entire security and law enforcement apparatus of the center of the country has been mobilized to find him, but still no sign of the man they call Jefe Diego. Tracy Wilkinson updates the story today: "Fernandez de Cevallos was more feared than beloved, and if he was the victim of kidnapping, as the evidence suggests, the list of suspects is a long one."
Other recent posts I have up at La Plaza:
- On attacks against in journalists in Honduras.
- A critique on the obsession in the U.S. with Cinco de Mayo.
- From Haiti, on the question of where to place the displaced.
- A look at a report on the struggle for balance in Mexico's narco war.
- On UNAM canceling an exchange program with Arizona.
- On the rise of 'Chavez fatigue' in Venezuela.
- On Costa Rica's first female president.
- On a less smoggy Mexico City.
- On Tijuana's reawakening -- question-mark.
- On a controversial port plan in Colombia.
- Placing some mapable context over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
- Surprise! Mexico keeps a corporate-friendly tax structure.
- And, Brazil's Lula takes a win on nuclear talks with Iran.
As always, I appreciate the link-ups, the feedback, the tips, and the comments! Posting here at Intersections remains light while I finish final edits on the final draft of my book manuscript.
* Photo above, Diego Fernandez de Ceballos, by European Pressphoto, via LAT.