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Sergio Muñoz Bata
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Sergio Munoz Bata is a syndicated Latin American columnist whose articles appear in 18 papers in 11 countries. He has been Executive Editor of La Opinion, the largest Spanish language newspaper, as well as a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board and Contributing Editor-At-Large for The WorldPost.

Entries by Sergio Muñoz Bata

Latin Americans Increasingly Distrust Their Government, and It's Leading to More and More Violence

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 6:25 PM

From Buenos Aires to Mexico City to Rio de Janeiro, distrust in the institutions of governance is the predominant feeling.

In Argentina, nobody believes prosecutor Alberto Nisman committed suicide the day before he was to testify that President Cristina Fernandez made a deal with the Iranian government to cover...

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Elena Poniatowska: 'As a Mexican, I Am Ashamed'

(89) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 7:27 PM

The mood in Mexico is so depressing that even Elena Poniatowska, the novelist-journalist who chronicled the 1968 massacre of students in Tlatelolco, feels a chill when she talks about the murder of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, who were found burned to death in a...

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Why Sanctions Are Right in the Case of Venezuela

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:07 PM

I beg to differ with liberals who say the recent U.S. sanctions against individual members of the Venezuelan government are counterproductive. By the same token, I disagree with conservatives who dismiss them for being too light and applaud the White House and Congress' efforts to punish Venezuelan drug traffickers and...

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Mexican Vigilantes: Caught Between Cartels and U.S. Drug Consumers

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 4:02 PM

In response to years of abuse, kidnappings for ransom, rapes, killings and extortions from criminal organizations, farmers, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, hotel owners, truck drivers and common citizens from the lowlands of Michoacán in Mexico are taking up arms.

In less than a year, the so-called self-defense groups achieved what...

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Adios, Gabo

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 11:27 AM

(Photo: 1964, Mexico City: The author, Sergio Munoz, at bottom left; Gabriel Garcia Marquez second from right; Carlos Fuentes back row right).

Gabriel García Márquez, the leading Spanish language novelist of the 20th century, is dead at 87. He will be honored by fellow writers, intellectuals, academics politicians and, most...

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'No Nos Callarán!' 'We Will Not Be Silenced'

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 2:40 PM

CARACAS -- The dynamics of authoritarian governments do not change. As the Venezuelan government keeps on suppressing the right of the people to protest against repression, the scarcity of products and the rise in crime, the onslaught against the few remaining independent media in the country increases. Now, the president...

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No Giant Sucking Sound From Mexico

(37) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 7:39 PM

Sergio Munoz Bata is a syndicated Latin American columnist whose articles appear in 18 papers in 11 countries. He has been Executive Editor of La Opinion, the largest Spanish language newspaper, as well as a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board.

Barack Obama's position on free trade agreements...

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