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As everybody knows, Mexican telecom monopolist Carlos Slim [formerly Salim] and largest single owner of New York Times stock is of Lebanese Maronite Christian descent through both of his parents. Interestingly, Slim married a Lebanese girl as well, with whom he had six children before her sad death in 1999. But only today did I... Read More
a transcript of the heart (from 0:49 to 2:16) of this high level discussion at the National Palace in Mexico City: This is the opening scene from La Dictadura Perfecta, or "The Perfect Dictatorship," a term for the Mexican government co
From the Wall Street Journal, an article that doesn't have too much new news, but gives me an excuse to offer some perspective on the Bush Dynasty's self-image of their role in New World history: How Jeb Bush Spent His Years on Wall Street Former governor’s time at Lehman and Barclays sets him apart from... Read More
From my new movie review in Taki's Magazine:Read the whole thing there.
From my Taki's Magazine column:Read the whole thing there. My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party is back in power after 12 years, with a President who looks like a mid-market anchorman trying to figure out if what the weatherman said on-air was just a joke or actually some kind of veiled insult directed at his intelligence.Here's a new article in which two crack reporters from the New... Read More
Something I noticed last year when looking at 2009 PISA school achievement scores is the virtual non-existence of Mexico's intellectual elite. Mexico's average scores on this school achievement test of 15-year-olds were mediocre, but the lack of high end scores was startling, compared to a similar scoring country like Turkey, where there is a definite... Read More
After Newt Gingrich's frontrunnership implodes as people get bored for the umpty-umpth time with Newt's incessant yammering, Republicans will need somebody new to fill the Anybody But Romney hot seat. Obviously, Ron Paul is unthinkable, so I've found the perfect modern Republican candidate. He's handsome, he's a successful politician, he has a Spanish-surname to appeal to the... Read More
I wanted to briefly quote from my VDARE.com review of former Mexican foreign minister Jorge G. Castaneda's Manana Foreveri?In Northeastern American intellectuals' assumptions about the impact of massive immigration from Mexico, I notice a lot of assuming that, of course, we are bound to get the best of both worlds -- all the visual quaintness... Read More
In the summer of 2001, Jorge G. Castañeda Gutman was one of the most important men in the Western Hemisphere. As the foreign minister of Vicente Fox, the newly elected president of democratizing Mexico, Castañeda was a figure of considerable glamour as he negotiated with a yielding Bush Administration a vastly ambitious Mexican plan that... Read More
My new VDARE column is a long review of former Mexican foreign minister Jorge G. Castañeda's new book Mañana Forever? Mexico and the Mexicans.Read the whole thing there.I cover a whole lot of ground in this review, but something I'd add is that Castañeda has now come around to believing that Mexico's past and present is, relatively... Read More
From the LA Times, which in recent years has started to cover Mexico more, and more entertainingly:Last year, slightly more than half of high school stud
I haven't really been following the Obama Administration's Fast and Furious scandal, but this is from the LA Times:The Fast and Furious scandal may perhaps be related to the Obama Administration looking to gin up a politically correct set of bad guys to blame for Mexican violence. If Mexican narco-cartels are obtaining guns in the... Read More
In my new VDARE.com column, I analyze a recent feature package in the New York Times centering on Damien Cave's article: Better Lives for Mexicans Cut Allure of Going North.Another lesson to be learned from the theory of convergence: while you could, at vast expense, air condition a few feet of your porch by keeping... Read More
In Mexico, the PAN government's of the last decade has been trying to get parents to keep their kids in school longer. Here's PISA document congratulating Mexico for getting its act together over the last decade. The really striking thing about Mexico's performance on the 2009 PISA school achievement tests is the lack of very high... Read More
Asks Stephen Dubner on the Freakonomics blog, citing a paper by an American economist about how the Mexican government has done much of what American economists have advised them to do, with only fair to middling results.The comments are relatively interesting. I would add that it's worth looking at areas in the U.S. with a... Read More
Deborah Solomon interviews Vicente Fox in the NYT and doesn't ask him the obvious questions like, "Aren't you ashamed at how many Mexicans left Mexico during your six years in office as Presidente?" and "Isn't there something weird about the President of Mexico being a foot taller than the average Mexican man? What's the deal... Read More
From the Dallas Morning News:Immigration reform is either right around the corner or may be postponed once again to next year by Congress and the White House, depending on whom you ask.But one thing is clear for former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge G. Castañeda: It could prove to be a key factor in helping the... Read More
I haven't been paying much attention to Iran, so don't take my word for it, but it seems to be playing out a lot like the disputed election in Mexico in 2006: the party in power says they won the election, the party out of power says they cheated and that they're going to demonstrate... Read More
From WFAA:Well, they've certainly solved the problem of too many Americans in Rosarito Beach, the once popular tourist resort 30 miles south of Tijuana.I have to say, though, that I've come to appreciate Mexican anti-Americanism. It has helped keep two countries t
The NYT article "Two Sides of a Border: One Violent, One Peaceful" compares the low murder rate in El Paso to the carnage in Ciudad Juarez across the Rio Grande (which, when I crossed the bridge that figures in "No Country for Old Men" in 1980, cost me $0.02 each way). The newspaper mentions various... Read More
Andres Martinez writes in Slate:Basically, the American media finds Mexico to be various combinations of comic, boring, depressing, and horrifying. We read more, pro and con, about Israel, a country of six million an ocean away, than we do about the country of 110 million with which we share an 1852 mile border. In the... Read More
The potential next President of Mexico and current second most important government official, 37-year-old Interior Minister and point man in the drug wars, Juan Camilo Mouriño Terrazo, died as his LearJet crashed into bumper to bumper traffic on the most important street of Mexico City. The AP has the story here. I wrote about him... Read More
All these discussions of the important but mysterious topic of what kind of President Barack Obama would turn out to be remind me of how hard it is to forecast anything about the intersection of politics and personalities.For example, I just stumbled upon this extraordinary example of how the leading men of the age can't... Read More
Former Mexican foreign minister Jorge G. Castañeda Gutman has been a long-time interest of mine. (Here's my 2001 VDARE.com article about this slippery fellow: "Mexico's Talleyrand").In 2006, Fredo Arias-King pointed out to me that Castaneda's Soviet mother was an employee of Stalin's government when his father, Mexico's UN ambassador, met her in New York City... Read More
Mexican president Felipe Calderon just appointed his little-known 36-year-old chief-of-staff, Juan Camilo Mouriño Terrazo, "the quiet power behind the throne," to be Minister of the Interior, the traditional jumping off point for the Presidency, although now in Mexico there is a primary system, unlike in the good old days when the reigning president with his... Read More
I mentioned below how much more American press coverage the Bhutto murder in far-off Pakistan has gotten compared to the assassination of Colosio (who?) in nearby Tijuana in 1994, even though the events were fairly comparable.One legitimate reason for this could be that we really do meddle more in Pakistan than in Mexico due to... Read More
I've long argued that the LA Times should carry more news from Mexico, since it's not just relevant, but likely to be more colorful than the "What Next for the Law of the Sea Treaty?" thumbsuckers the newspaper traditionally specialized in. Maybe they're taking me up on my suggestion:Former Mexican presidential candidate Roberto Madrazo made... Read More
... gangland-style executions have surged, with the report counting 1,588 in the first half of 2007. For the full year of 2001, there were 1,080 such crimes, the report said.Mexico's violence is often spectacular and lurid, with tales of street shootouts, decapitations and bomb blasts filling Mexico's news pages and airwaves. No place is immune,... Read More
The LA Times reports on the campaign for governor of the northern half of Baja California by former Tijuana mayor Jorge Hank Rhon (whom I wrote about a month ago in VDARE.com): He offers reporters drinks of his favorite tequila, custom-brewed by a Chinese-Mexican restaurateur and fermented with rattlesnake hides and penises of lions and... Read More
Have you ever noticed how vastly much more attention is paid in the America press to Israel, a country of 6 million an ocean away, than to Mexico, a country of 109 million that shares a 1,952 mile border with us?I'm not talking here about press bias for or against Israel or Mexico, just about... Read More
In 1979, I took a tour boat around Acapulco. The guide, a local lady, pointed at a house on top of the cliff overlooking the ocean and proudly announced: "The home of movie estar Yon Wen!"After about five minutes, I finally figured out that "Yon Wen" was John Wayne.The great cowboy actor was probably the... Read More
My new VDARE.com column is about a little-noticed Fourth of July op-ed in the New York Times arguing that going down the path of integrating America, Canada, and Mexico would be good for America. My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
My New VDARE.com Column: An excerpt: How Carlos Slim, World’s Richest Monopolist, Provokes And Exploits The MexodusSo, who is Carlos Slim, the new world's richest man? And why does he have $67.8 billion?Slim isn't an out-of-control maniac like Tijuana mayor Jorge Hank Rhon. The only scandals clinging to Slim's name are business-political, not personal. He... Read More
In the recent immigration debate, one of the clichés that was hardest to shake was the assumption that Mexico is a terribly poor country. In reality, it's above the world average in per capita GDP (measured in purchasing power parity terms). Now comes words that Mexican telecom monopolist Carlos Slim has blown past Warren Buffet... Read More
From an op-ed in the NYT entitled "What Mexico Wants" by former Mexican foreign minister Jorge G. Castaneda: Fortunately, most of the [Kennedy-Bush] reform proposals represent a very good deal for Mexico, however questionable they might appear to the Latino community in the United States. The current Senate package greatly resembles what President Vicente Fox... Read More
Mexican President Vicente Fox, the first state visitor of theBush presidency, challenged the United States on Wednesday to strike an agreement on immigration by year's end. President Bush said "there is no more important relationship" than with Mexico but did not embrace Fox's ambitious deadline. The public challenge shocked U.S. officials who have been trying... Read More
Here's a link to an account (The Washington Times, Aug. 13) of how the Fox regime intends to seal Mexico's southern border against illegalimmigrants from Central America. I can't help excerpting some of the more amusingly ironic parts: Mexican authorities deported 150,000 Central Americans lastyear and another 100,000 during the first six months of 2001,... Read More
President George W. Bush's decision to make his first Presidential trip abroad a visit to Mexico highlights the deference the Bush Administration has been paying to Vicente Fox and his Boris Yeltsin-like glamour. Bush's desire to build a special relationship with the new Mexican government means that Fox's formidable Foreign Secretary Jorge G. Castañeda deserves... Read More
“The stunning victory of Mexico's president-elect Vicente Fox … opens the door to a period of sustained economic prosperity that could carry Mexico into the front-ranks of the information-age global economy,” supply side economist Larry Kudlow has excitedly announced in National Review Online, [Fox-Trotting Through North America, July 11, 2000] Sorry, Larry, but it's not... Read More
Vicente Fox's July 2 victory over the luridly corrupt Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that had ruled Mexico for 71 years has beenuniversally hailed [notably by the Wall Street Journal] as a sign of profound change. But as regards Mexico's Stealth invasion of the U.S. – don't hold your breath. Fox's election has reconfirmed in spectacular... Read More
Letter in response by Steve Hallaway Reply by Razib Khan Part 3 of a Series on the Mexican racial hierarchy and its implications for America After almost twenty generations of intermarriage between whites and Indians, Mexico has ended up with an almost wholly white elite, a vast mixed race (mestizo) working class, and at least... Read More
Part 1: Shackled to an [ungrateful] corpse Part 3: America's Imported Caste System Part 2 of a Series on the Mexican racial hierarchy and its implications for America Will immigration end America's racial divides? Will interracial marriage convert our descendents into a beige nation of Tiger Woods look-alikes? Will the flood of Latin American immigrants,... Read More
Part 2: Importing Mexico's Worsening Racial Inequality Part 3: America's Imported Caste System Part 1 of a Series on the Mexican racial hierarchy and its implications for America The U.S. government has chosen to increasingly intertwine America's fate with that of Mexico – and thus with Mexico's corrupt white power elite. The U.S. Treasury bails... Read More
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