Stories about Mexico from November, 2006
Mexico: Oaxaca Update
Mark in Mexico fills his latest report from embattled Oaxaca with accustomed satire. Colin Brayton, meanwhile, shows a video from La Jornada reporting that paramilitary members fired shots into the Medical Department of the Autonomous University of Benito Juarez.
Mexico: Wrestling Match in Congress
Ricardo Carreón, Rodrigo Javier [ES] (with video!), A.M. Mora y Leon, Ana Maria Salazar, and Michelle Dion all on the wrestling match that broke out in Congress.
Mexico: Maria Estela Godinez
Great news for everyone following the story of Maria Estela Godinez, a Mexican high school student who developed a project that “allows people with speech problems to communicate with the world by moving her hands with a special glove that translates finger movements into text and then to speech.” Ricardo...
Mexico: Criminal Complaint Against Fox
Writes Colin Brayton, translating an excerpt from El Universal: “Members of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) filed a criminal complaint, charging genocide, forcible disappearance of persons, and human rights violations, against President Vicente Fox and his Secretary of Governance, Carlos Abascal, as well as Oaxaca governor...
Mexico: Felipe Calderon presents its Economic Cabinet
Ricardo Carreón lists Felipe Calderon's newly appointed Economic Cabinet. Ana Maria Salazar says there are some surprises among the choices.
Mexico, Portugal, Germany, Spain: Global Sounds
iCommons has put together a list of global netlabels that publish their music with various Creative Commons licenses. Examples include Thinner from Germany/Finland, Discoskonfort from Mexico, and You Are Not Stealing Records [ES] based in Portugal.
Mexico: Electronics for a Good Cause
Beth Kanter interviews Maria Estela Godinez, a high school student from San Francisco del Rincón, México who “built a glove that allows speech-challenged people to move their fingers in a similar fashion to Braille language and have those signals recognized by software that converts them into speech.” The interview was...
China: Put the E back in APEC
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum came to a harmonious enough end this Sunday with all twenty-one member nations agreeing to renew calls for North Korea to put an end to its nuclear plans and key player China putting its weight behind the pledge. Chinese bloggers, however, seem to have...
Mexico: Protesting Wal-Mart
Erwin Cifuentes describes Tuesday's demonstration at a Wal-Mart store on the outskirts of Mexico City. Colin Brayton adds that “Wal-Mart is accused of having violated Mexican election laws with impunity in 2006 and so has been the target of disruptions by the “vote by vote” social movement lead by López...
Mexico: Spanish Language, English Acronyms
Hipocratico laments the fact that most Spanish-speaking internet users have adopted English language acronyms: “some very popular bloggers use ‘WTF’ to say ‘que onde con esto,’ or ‘what's up with this.’
Mexico: Bradley Will Killed by Friendly Fire
Ballistics tests examining the murder of American journalist Bradley Will suggest a story line of Hollywood proportions. Says Mark in Mexico: “According to Lizbeth Caña, the Oaxaca State Attorney General, and 2 reporters from Reforma, Daniel Pensamiento y Virgilio Sánchez, it is now believed that Bradley Will was shot first...
Mexico: Mexico City
Ricardo Carreón measures the pulse of Mexico City and shows how it has changed over the years.
Ecuador: Technology Conference Includes Bloggers
Ecuadorean blogger and communications professor, Christian Espinosa publishes the agenda of an international conference on “the evolution of the technological revolution, which will be held in Quito, Ecuador from November 27 to December 1. Sponsored by the Organization of American States and the Center for Higher Studies in Communication (CIESPAL),...
Mexico: Meaning of Gringo
Lee Iwan meditates on the meaning and many proclaimed etymologies of “gringo.”
Chile, Peru, Mexico: Free Hugs in Latin America
Free Hugs are invading Latin America, explains Jennifer Woodard Maderazo. The web2.0 free hug movement has also generated lots of conversation on Flickr [ES] and throughout [ES] the blogosphere [ES].
Latin America: Friday Poll Numbers
A diverse set of Latin America's poll numbers this week from Boz including Transparency International's annual survey on perceptions of corruption. Also, Chavez up by 20 points in Venezuela and approval ratings of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Peruvian President Alan Garcia.
Mexico: Mexico City Says Yes to Same-Sex Civil Unions
Giving the surprising news more context with recent developments in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay, Andres Duque the decision by Mexico City legislators to acknowledge same-sex civil unions.
Mexico: Expansion of Credit
Ricardo Carreón is pleasantly surprised by the increase in consumer spending and credit lending in Mexico over the past few years. According to Carreón, “this is what economic stability can bring to an economy. A great testimony to the goodness that a responsible management of public finances can do to...
Mexico: Oaxaca Governor Meets with Secretary of Interior
Ana Maria Salaza writes: “As a result of a meeting held by Oaxaca governor Ulises Ruiz and Carlos Abascal, the Secretary of the Interior, to evaluate the situation in Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz has come to a partial compromise by promising to establish a program to recuperate some sort of normality...
Mexico: Fox: I'm Outta Here
You would think that heads of state would be a little more careful about what they talk about when their wearing a microphone. Listen to outgoing Mexican President Vicente Fox say one thing on-air and quite another off-air [ES].
Mexico: Multimedia Oaxaca
IndyMedia Mexico has a wealth of multimedia resources related to the ongoing conflict in Oaxaca including video, audio, photography, and text.