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Diana Washington Valdez


I can address questions about Mexican drug cartels, Mexican politics, U.S.-Mexico relations, the murders and disappearances of women in Mexico and U.S.-Mexico border affairs.

Experience in the area

Author of a book titled "Harvest of Women: Safari in Mexico" (Peace at the Border; 2006), same book in Spanish "Cosecha de Mujeres: Safari en el desierto Mexicano" (Oceano; 2005); border journalist for 20 years; author of numerous academic and non-academic articles published in Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Mexico and the United States.


Investigative Reporters & Editors; International Committee for the Protection of Journalists; National Association of Hispanic Journalists.


El Paso Times (daily) newspaper.


Master's degree in political science, University of Texas at El Paso; bachelor's degree in mass communication, University of Texas at El Paso.

Awards and Honors

Numerous awards for journalism (news reporting, feature series, business reporting, column writing and investigative reporting); Ruben Salazar journalism award for lifetime achievement; U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leader in the Media Award; University of Texas at El Paso Communication Department outstanding alumnus.

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2011-10-24 Elite groups in Latin America:

Generally, the elites (in any country) include the owners of large land properties, and people who own or control regions that contain critical natural resources, such as water, oil, minerals, precious

2011-07-15 Mexico's economy:

According to most economists who analyze Mexico, the country's finances are on solid ground. The country has seen a 20 to 30 percent devaluation of its currency (against the dollar), and it, like the rest

2010-01-29 Fidel Castro and Saddam Hussein:

I don't know about Saddam receiving treatment in Cuba. However, we do know that Hugo Chavez, who could well afford treatment anywhere in the world, chose to be treated for cancer there. We can only speculate

2009-02-16 Hello:

Hi:   Your question needs to be more specific. But, if you want to know where to start to learn more about Mexican politics, then I suggest four avenues: The nearest public library (some books by Enrique

2008-11-01 colombia:

You may consult the CIA Fact Book on countries, which is available online  From there, you will see the U.S. view of these countries. You can


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