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· January, 2011

Stories about Mexico from January, 2011

Comparing Mexico to Egypt

  31 January 2011

Rich, in The Mex Files, compares the situation in Egypt with Mexico's past and present. He concludes asking, “what will happen if the Mexicans decide it is time for a giant leap in Mexican power, in which the people of the largest Spanish-speaking nation demand that they be allowed to...

Latin American Presidents to Follow on Twitter

  25 January 2011

Christian Espinosa in Cobertura Digital [es] ranks the top 5 Latin American presidents with the most followers on Twitter. He also shares other information on the use of Twitter by different Latin American administrations.

Mexico: The Passing of Indigenous Rights Supporter Bishop Samuel Ruiz

  24 January 2011

Bishop Samuel Ruiz passed away this morning. Tim Johnson explains: “Ruiz […] started the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center out of his diocese, and played an instrumental role in keeping the Zapatista uprising  that erupted in 1994 from flaring into broader violence. Ruiz’s work on behalf of...

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Video: Shoemakers of the World

  21 January 2011

Today's videos focus on the artisans around the world still making shoes by hand. From Mexico to Japan: we'll take a look at how different shoes, slippers and sandals are made.

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Mexico: The “Sistine Chapel of Crystals”

  20 January 2011

The "Cave of Crystals" in the Mexican town of Naica houses giant crystals known as "Moon Stones." The cave is a deadly place for humans to visit, but through the Internet bloggers are sharing the story behind this mysterious cave.

Mexico: Women's Rights Activist Killed

  17 January 2011

Erwin C. in The Latinamericanist reports on the murder of women's rights activist Susana Chávez: “For many years Chavez campaigned against the unsolved murders of hundreds of women in northern Mexico. She helped create the slogan ‘Ni Una Mas’ (‘Not One More Death’), which served as a battle cry for...

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Mexico: Singer Accused of Rape Tweets in Defense

  15 January 2011

28-year-old Mexican pop singer Kalimba is using Twitter to defend himself against accusations that he raped two underage girls. His fans tweet to support him, but others criticize the media and public attention the case is getting.

Mexico: Indigenous Town Burned by Arsonists

  13 January 2011

Alejandro Ortiz Sotomayor in Vivir México reports [es] that an indigenous town in the state of Durango was burned by about 60 men who were seeking retaliation after people from the town killed one of their men in defense days before; more than 37 houses and 27 vehicles were burned.

Latin America: Women's Political Participation in the Region

  12 January 2011

Figures on the share of seats held by women in national assemblies around the world show that Latin America, “ranks second only to Nordic Europe in terms of the percentage of women elected to parliamentary-level,” as Mike explains in Central American Politics. He also looks specifically at women's participation in...

Latin America: Introducing “Multilatinas”

  11 January 2011

Ben from The Latin Americanist explains: “Multi-latinas are companies that operate across Latin America, primarily with Latin American capital, and that take advantage of their local expertise to find niches and beat international competitors.” He argues that Multilatinas are “one of the most positive developments” among the different agreements Latin...

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COP 16: Agreement on Form But Without the Funds

  6 January 2011

The 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended in Cancun last December 11 with the adoption of a host of decisions. Bloggers in Bolivia, Mexico, and Togo give a lukewarm reception to the decisions, which don't seem to have a clearly defined roadmap for their financing.

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Mexico: The Three King's Cake Celebration

  6 January 2011

On January 6th, Mexican families get together and eat a special cake called "Rosca de Reyes" (translated as "King's Cake"). Several bloggers have written about this tradition, what it means and how it is celebrated.

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