Documents Show FBI Monitored Mexican Author, Carlos Fuentes

Photo of Carlos Fuentes by Abderrahman Bouirabdane (Flickr)AP, 6/22/2013

The FBI and the U.S. State Department closely monitored Mexican author Carlos Fuentes for more than two decades because he was considered a communist and a sympathizer of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, recently released documents show. The documents posted on the FBI’s website this week show the United States denied Fuentes an entry visa at least twice in the 1960s.

In one of the memorandums Fuentes is described as “a leading Mexican communist writer” and a “well-known Mexican novelist with long history of subversive connections.” Fuentes died in 2012 at age 83 after suffering an internal hemorrhage. In the 170-page dossier of internal official documents and some newspaper articles, the FBI describes how it monitored Fuentes and denied him permission to enter the United States for having been a member of the Mexican Communist Party.

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Carlos Fuentes, Mexican Writer, Dies at 83

The Associated Press / The New York Times, 5/15/12

Author Carlos Fuentes, who played a dominant role in Latin America’s novel-writing boom by delving into the failed ideals of the Mexican revolution, died Tuesday in a Mexico City hospital. He was 83.

Mexico’s National Council for Culture for the Arts confirmed the death of Mexico’s most celebrated novelist. The cause was not immediately known, said the culture official, who was not authorized to speak to the media. Mexican media reported Fuentes died at the Angeles del Pedregal hospital, where he was being treated for heart problems. The loss was immediately mourned worldwide via Twitter and across Mexican airwaves.

A message on President Felipe Calderon’s Twitter account said “I deeply lament the death of our beloved and admired Carlos Fuentes, a universal Mexican writer.” Fuentes himself tweeted only one day, March 19, 2011, his last saying: “There must be something beyond slaughter and barbarism to support the existence of mankind and we must all help search for it.”

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Carlos Fuentes passed away [In Spanish]

Animal Político, 5/15/2012

Writing is a struggle against silence.” – Carlos Fuentes

Renowned Mexican writer, Carlos Fuentes, passed away this afternoon at the Hospital de Ángeles in Mexico City. He was 83 years old.

According to the first medical reports, the cause of his death was a heart condition. President Felipe Calderón and Consuelo Saizar, head of Conaculta, confirmed the death of the writer through their Twitter accounts.

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Carlos Fuentes might support the presidential candidacy of AMLO [In Spanish]

Uno TV, 3/13/2012

Renowned Mexican author, Carlos Fuentes, declared that although still does not know for whom he would vote he might just follow the example of Juan Ramón de la Fuente and Marcelo Ebrard, both of whom have expressed their support of Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s candidacy.

In response to a recent speech by PRI candidate Peña Nieto defending PRI’s ability to free the country from violence and destruction, Fuentes questioned PRI’s 70 year record that seems to suggest the opposite.

As for Vázquez Mota, the PAN candidate, Fuentes wishes her much luck but believes it is in fact President Calderón who is again running for election under her candidacy.

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Country’s problems, very big; its candidates, small: Carlos Fuentes [In Spanish]

In an interview with Colombian journal El Tiempo, Carlos Fuentes foresees a more complex political situation in Mexico, arguing that the current presidential candidates are “very small” while the national problems are of huge proportions. He also expresses concern over Peña Nieto’s “ignorance.”

In addition, Fuentes states that Mexico’s fight against drug trafficking is not lost, yet there is something missing out in the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship: both the consumption and distribution of drugs are known to occur in the United States and there is information on the Mexicans who act as drug traffickers; but there is no information on who exactly receives and utilizes those drugs in U.S. soil.

La Jornada, 1/29/2012

El escritor mexicano Carlos Fuentes advirtió que la situación política de su país va a complicarse porque “los problemas son muy grandes” y los candidatos para suceder al presidente Felipe Calderón son “muy pequeños”, en una entrevista publicada este domingo en la prensa colombiana.

“La situación política se va a complicar, porque los problemas son muy grandes y los candidatos muy pequeños”, aseveró Fuentes en entrevista con el diario El Tiempo de Bogotá.

Sobre la posibilidad de un regreso al poder del Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), que gobernó México durante más de 70 años antes del actual Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), el escritor mexicano dijo que de los candidatos de los tres principales partidos que se disputarán la presidencia en julio, “ninguno tiene la solución a los problemas”.

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Mexico’s Carlos Fuentes, on the record

The Globe and Mail, 11/15/11

Carlos Fuentes, Mexico’s acclaimed author, writer and statesman, spoke to the Globe and Mail editorial board about the challenges facing his country and the region. The Royal Ontario Museum’s Institute for Contemporary Culture invited Mr. Fuentes to Toronto to give the Eva Holtby Lecture on contemporary culture Nov. 14.

Mexico is facing a dramatic security challenge. President Felipe Calderon has confronted the drug cartels by sending in the military. Has this worked?

President Calderon arrived at the presidency five years ago and his victory was widely doubted because he only won by a small margin: 0.5 per cent. We are not accustomed to that in Mexico. He wanted to prove he was in command so he launched a war against drug cartels. Past presidents of Mexico have negotiated with them, set one group against the other and played politics. Calderon brought the fight directly to them and created a huge problem. He couldn’t count on the police, they were very corrupt. So he used the army. Now the army has become corrupt and sometimes it is beaten by the cartels. This is not a good situation. It has taken over the country’s agenda.

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