I couldn't help being surprised by the scornful reaction of many Mexicans to the growing consensus in the world media that this is "
Over the past few weeks, there has been a flurry of glowing headlines around the world announcing that
In January, The
Late last year,
Until only a few months ago, most international media had been carrying hair-raising headlines about
How can one explain this sudden turnaround?
Also, we journalists are like birds sitting on a telephone wire: Once one of them takes off, all of them take off. We tend to have a pack mentality, whether we admit it or not.
During my visit, I found widespread skepticism in the local media, and among Mexicans in general, about the sudden international love affair with
"After so many years of mediocre economic growth, there is a lingering mood of frustration," pollster
According to Beltran's latest poll, released in early February, only 46 percent of Mexicans believe the next five years will be better, compared with 56 percent when the previous government started a six-year term in 2006.
People's confidence has risen somewhat since Pena Nieto took office in December, but 66 percent say
When I asked an audience of about 500 people during a panel in
And most political analysts react with a mixture of caution and humor to the upbeat forecasts from abroad.
Commenting about the
The U.S. economic recovery is likely to help
Just as important is an unprecedented agreement signed
And last week's passage of a constitutional amendment to allow teachers' evaluations and other far-reaching education reforms, along with the much-publicized arrest of almighty teachers' union leader
So far, the Pena Nieto government has done a great job convincing foreigners that
If Mexicans are not convinced,
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