|STATE OF THE MEXICAN UNION
with journalist MICHAEL STOTT
April 29, 1997
Other questions asked
in this forum:
Does The United States have the right to certify or decertify anyone? Will the new Mexican drug agency remain free from corruption? Should the U.S. be thinking more about the problem of demand instead of supply from Mexico? Is an environmental disaster occurring quietly in Mexico? Will a new ambassador change U.S.-Mexican relations? What is being accomplished by President Clinton's and President Zedillo's trips?
February 27, 1997:
Charles Krause interviews Sen. Diane Feinstein about her opposition to re-certifying Mexico.
Oct. 4, 1996:
Charles Krause analyzes EPR rebels attacks and their potential impact on the future stability of Mexico .
Sept. 13, 1996:
Learn about EPR activities in Mexico in an Online Forum with NewsHour foreign correspondent Charles Krause.
March 20, 1996:
An interview with Columbia's President Samper, discussing his country's decertification as an ally with the U.S. in it's war on drugs.
The complete NewsHour coverage of Latin America.
A Map of Mexico
Inter-American Development Bank
Senator Dianne Feinstein's press releases about Mexico.
Mariana Ruybalid of Berkeley, CA asks:
Mexico - Drugs
With such an abyss between poor and wealthy, how can we be sure that the new Mexican Anti-drug agency doesn't become corrupt?
Michael Stott responds:
Mexican government officials say they are only too aware of the risks that a new agency could turn out to be just as corrupt as the old one. They promise, however, that an intensive battery of tests to be applied to members of the new agency -- including lie detectors, background checks, wealth checks, drug testing and character examinations -- will minimize the risks of corruption. They also pledge to offer officials in dangerous anti-drug missions greater financial rewards to lessen the temptation of corruption. Diplomats, however, point out that Mexico's past record on building corruption-free government institutions has not been good.