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    Message 1 of 1 , May 11, 2004
      What's New at the Americas Program
      “A New World of Ideas, Analysis and Policy Options”

      May 11, 2004

      New from the IRC's Americas Program:

      The Blind Man and the Elephant:
      Reporting on the Mexican Military
      by Kate Doyle

      The Mexican armed forces are famously secretive and hostile to public
      scrutiny. Historically, Mexican citizens have had no access to information
      from official sources about their military, making informed public debate
      about the army's role in Mexican society next to impossible.

      That may be changing. The Federal Law for Access to Information, which came
      into effect in 2002, required the Secretariat of Defense - along with all
      federal agencies - to make information about its functions, organization
      and staffing voluntarily open to the public. SEDENA is also obliged for the
      first time to respond to individual citizen requests for information.

      The following declassified excerpts from the Pentagon's "Army Country
      Profile" on Mexico 1993-1994, obtained by the National Security Archive,
      offer an example of the kind of reporting found in U.S. records about the
      Mexican armed forces. They contain information about the Mexican army
      impossible to obtain directly from SEDENA, and offer a glimpse inside what
      is still the country's most secretive institution.

      Kate Doyle is director of the Mexico Project of National Security Archives
      and a regular contributor to the Americas Program (online at
      <http://www.americaspolicy.org/>www.americaspolicy.org) of the
      Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC, online at

      See full article online at:

      With printer-friendly PDF version at:

      Crossborder Organizing to Save the Colorado River Delta
      by César Angulo

      With water levels dropping precipitously, the Colorado River Delta faces a
      bleak future. The survival of the Delta--and of the plants, animals and
      communities that live there--will depend on the ability of a nascent
      network of residents, water users, scientists, environmentalists, and U.S.
      and Mexican government officials to hammer out agreements among conflicting

      The Delta region comprises the southern portions of California and Arizona,
      and northwestern Mexico. Today the Delta encompasses only 10% of its
      original area due to dwindling water flows. Some ten years ago, the people
      of the region took the first steps of what by now has become an organized
      effort to defend the Delta's survival and its beneficial influence on the
      ecosystem and habitat of hundreds of species of flora and fauna. Their
      actions began when residents of small communities located on the banks of
      the river met with researchers and activists from Mexican and U.S.
      organizations. These first meetings later led to written agreements between
      the governments.

      See full article online at:

      With printer-friendly PDF version at:


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