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Deborah Esch

Professor at University of Toronto, with previous appointments at Princeton and Stanford Universities. Author of ‘The Brevity of Life’ (2010) and ‘In the Event: Reading Journalism, Reading Theory’ (1999). Currently blogs at besovereign.wordpress.com and microblogs @bsovereign.

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Latest posts by Deborah Esch

13 October 2011

Mexico: U.S. Alleges Iranian Assassination Plot Involving Los Zetas

Reports that the U.S. Justice Department charged two men with conspiring with "factions of the Iranian government" to assassinate Saudi Arabia's U.S. ambassador and to bomb the Saudi and Israeli...

8 August 2011

Mexico's ‘Train of Death’

Thousands of Central American migrants risk their lives to hop on top of moving freight trains going from southern Mexico to northern destinations along the US border. A new documentary...

4 May 2011

Mexico: Netizens Put Death of Osama Bin Laden in Context

As news of United States Special Forces' targeted killing of Osama Bin Laden was broadcast around the world, netizens in Mexico tweeted and blogged their responses to this signal event...

19 April 2011

Mexico: Felipe Calderon's Cabinet on Twitter

In mid-April, the government headed by Felipe Calderon announced with much fanfare that every member of the cabinet was now registered on Twitter, and prepared to deal more directly with...

13 April 2011

Mexico: Netizens Deploy the “Failed State” Meme

The idea of Mexico as an actual or potential "failed state," pending since its introduction into public discourse in 2008 following news of a report to this effect by the...

8 April 2011

Mexico: News of US Clandestine Operation Draws “Fast and Furious” Response

Mexican netizens take to their blogs and Twitter accounts as an interview with a former head of the ATF (the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) in Mexico...

21 March 2011

Mexico: U.S. Drones Gather Intelligence on Drug Cartels

A story first reported on March 15 by The New York Times has garnered strong responses from Mexican netizens based at home and abroad. Citing American and Mexican officials, the...

9 March 2011

Mexico and Afghanistan Border Conflicts Juxtaposed

Netizens are responding to several reports that juxtapose the violence in the Mexico/US border with the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and its border with Pakistan. Though uncoordinated and apparently disparate,...

1 March 2011

Mexico: Subcomandante Marcos on President Calderon's “War from above”

On February 14, 2011, the website enlaceZapatista published "About the Wars: A Fragment of the First Letter from Subcomandante Marcos to Don Luis Villoro, beginning the correspondence about Ethics and...

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