Throughout his 50-year career, the Spanish musician and songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat has navigated countless paths — and his timeless songs have been with me through the years as I have traveled on my own paths. In fact, his music has become an essential component of my life’s musical score. Understandably, I was thrilled to book an interview with him recently.
I have many friends in Colombia who have not seen a day of peace in all their lives — not one single day. But that may be changing soon, as an end to the country’s decadeslong civil war seems to be within reach.
“Times like no other for botched jobs, unpunished crimes and witch hunts.” — Joan Manuel Serrat
After 43 Mexican college students from Ayotzinapa went missing a year ago, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration started telling an official lie about their disappearance. Today, that lie has been exposed.
Guatemala has offered Mexico an important lesson in how to confront corruption at the highest echelons of government. Unfortunately, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration still prefers to hide from its problems.
I’m a journalist; my job is to ask questions. Donald Trump is a presidential candidate; his job is to explain to voters what he would do if he were elected. Our objectives were bound to collide.
Let’s imagine for a moment the kind of country that Donald Trump, the leading Republican presidential hopeful, wants America to become if he’s elected.
If Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto truly wants to capture Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera — the drug lord who recently tunneled his way out of a Mexican prison — he should get in touch with César Gaviria.
Television can create a president, or it can destroy a candidate. Newspapers can put politicians’ positions into context. Websites can expose the skeletons they’ve hidden. Social media tells them what’s on voters’ minds. But when it comes to politics, TV still rules — hence Republican candidates’ obsession with preparing for the upcoming debates.
I visited the island of Mykonos, Greece, in early July, shortly before voters shot down the country’s deal with its creditors in a referendum. Despite Greece’s woes, life was great on Mykonos, or so it seemed. I remember one particular night in which it felt like there was a huge party going on.
Some behaviors just keep repeating themselves and never change. In Mexico, every time there is a crisis, President Enrique Peña Nieto shrinks.