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BBC Newsnight finally offered a different perspective on the Catholic Church on the eve of the conclave to choose the next pope (11 March 2013), profiling a remarkable and inspirational Mexican bishop.
Los Cabos is hot and rammed full of federal police and offshore gunships and the military atop armoured vehicles. Late last night, when the US President touched down in the local airport, the town was awash with sirens and helicopters and outriders.
Across an area the size of an airport, large hangar-like buildings house plenary spaces, meeting rooms, press galleries, food courts, offices and exhibition spaces; Rio+20 is huge. 50,000 people have come. It’s the biggest UN conference ever, and expectations are running high.
I am sitting in the press pit at the G20 in Mexico and as the Eurozone and the election in Greece threaten to wipe development off the agenda here yet again, CAFOD’s economics analyst Tina Weller has quite a lot to say. So I am handing over to her for a few words:
This week in Los Cabos in Mexico heads of state from the G20 nations are meeting. Every year this meeting is crucial – it is a focal moment for discussion and action on economic and financial reform and improving the structures that feed into both, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF); and it is a moment when multilateral decisions and progress can be made on issues vital to the wellbeing and flourishing of the poorest, such as food security and development.
Since 2000, 55 journalists in Mexico have been killed. Most of them brutally shot or tortured for doing their job. Maria Elizabeth Macia Castro from the city of Nuevo Laredo wrote online under the pseudonym ‘The Girl from Laredo’, reporting the activities of criminal groups in her area. She used Twitter to push the information she uncovered to a wider audience.