Stories about Mexico from February, 2007
Mexico: Unsentenced Prisoners
Mark in Mexico cites a study by the Open Source Institute and the Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo (CIDAC) which found that 42% (90,000 inmates) of those in prison in Mexico have never been sentenced.
Mexico: Cucapá People Denied Fishing Permits
Campamento Cucapá has published a new video documentary with English subtitles that “tells the story the Cucapá, an Indigenous people of Mexicali, who have been denied fishing permits, even though they have been fishing in their valley for over 9,000 years.”
Mexico: Campesinos Protest Gold Mine in Guerrero
Mark in Mexico dedicates two posts to the recent protests by villagers in Guerrero, Mexico who are demanding 90,000 pesos per hectare per year for rent of the 700 hectares used by Luismin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldcorp.
Omar Al Sharif a Bully?
Egyptian-born actor Omar Al Sharif, 74, is a bully, writes Issandr El Amrani following news reports that Sharif, who starred in Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, punched a Guatemalan immigrant and called him a “stupid Mexican” in Beverly Hills.
Mexico: YouTube cartel war
Boz shows how Mexico's drug war is spilling over onto YouTube. Xeni Jardin has links to the actual videos at Boing Boing.
Guillermo Castro points readers [ES] to Regiopedia [ES], a Wikipedia-like site focused on the industrial city of Monterrey, Mexico.
Mexico: History of Spanish Via Podcast
Spanish-speakers and lovers of language should check out Incendio en el Jardín de la casa, a podcast series by Octavio Isaac Rojas Orduña about the history of the Spanish language.
Mexico: “Latin Americans Will Earn Less”
Citing a recent study by ECA International, Alfredo Sánchez of the business blog Olganza writes that real salaries in Latin America are forecasted to increase less in 2007 [ES] compared to the rest of the world. Writes Sanchez, “the five countries where real salaries will increase the most are all...
Mexico, Canada: “Nationalism is a Disease”
Juan – a Mexican native and Canadian resident – of the Bloggie-nominated site Global Culture tackles nationalism, identity, and why he writes in English. “My years in Mexico were great, but were mostly about survival in the sense that there was little time for any activities that would not contribute...
Mexico: Doing Business in Mexico
Ellen Fields of Mexico-in-English recommends the useful cross-cultural business blog, Business South of the Border.
Mexico: Ethanol Boom Inspires Protest and Hope
“For the Corn!” by Cadeva – A protester against rising corn prices in Mexico City's Chapultepec Park. As old as sin, I mean, alcohol Today's hemispheric rundown of all things Latin American is a collection of posts all wrapped in the common husk of corn. That's right, the elongated staple...
Mexico: Oaxaca update
Lots of blog postings centered on Oaxaca this morning including Boz's update on the anti-government protests that have persisted – albeit more calmly – throughout the winter. The Narco News Bulletin announces the new book by contributing writer Nancy Davies, who has covered the conflict from mid-June up until now....
Mexico: First Gay Civil Union
“Megan la Mala” on Mexico's first legal same-sex civil union in the state of Coahuila.
El Salvador, Mexico: Hike in Corn Prices
Tim's El Salvador Blog takes a look at a variety of economic news stories focused on El Salvador including the rise in corn prices. That rise is also affecting Mexico, writes radio host Ana Maria Salazar: “The Governor of the Bank of Mexico, Guillermo Ortiz Martínez, said that an emergency...
Mexico: Prostitute Stick Ups
Mark in Mexico, who was hospitalized himself recently for “some type of infection”, tells readers of a recent report from El Universal in which Mexico City prostitutes drug and rob their clients.