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· September, 2011

Stories about Mexico from September, 2011

Mexico: #ReformaPoliticaYA (‘Political Reform Now’), Reactions on Twitter

It has been several months since citizen organizations and activists tried to attain the approval of a political reform that includes, among other points, reelection for mayors and legislators. The...

Mexico: Baja California Anti-Abortion Law Upheld by Supreme Court

The Mexican Supreme Court failed by one vote to overturn a Baja California law that declares that life begins at conception. Aguachile calls this “tragic news” and argues that in...

Video: Water Bottle Lights and Other Eco-Friendly Inventions

Solar lights and hot water heaters from plastic water bottles, houses made from trash and a way to do without plastic bags are some of the projects making reducing, reusing...

Mexico: Uproar Over Twitter Law Proposed by Veracruz Governor

A controversial law in Mexico could imprison those who spread rumors through social networks on the charge of "disturbing public order". Mexicans are speaking out against the law, which has...

Mexico: Twitter Users Accused of “Terrorism” are Released

Two Twitter users who faced jail over “terrorism and sabotage” for spreading rumors of narco-related violence on social networks have been released. Bloggings by boz explains: “The local government created...

Mexico: ‘Peace Caravan to the South’ Arrives in Mexico City

Fred Rosen –from the blog Mexico, Bewildered and Contested at NACLA– reports that The ‘Peace Caravan to the South’, organized by the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, “arrived...

Global: Online Dialogue on Technology for Transparency

The Technology for Transparency Initiative, together with New Tactics in Human Rights, invites you to join an online dialogue on 'Using Technology to Promote Transparency'. Join us to discuss new...

Global: Reflections on Peace Day 2011

To mark the International Day of Peace, celebrated on September 21, female bloggers from The SunFlower Post share their perspectives on world peace by reflecting on the realities of their...

Mexico, USA: Triqui Indigenous Migrants Defenseless Against Crime and Police Questioning

The Triqui indigenous people of Mexico living in the United States as undocumented immigrants are easy targets for robberies and police questioning because they often don't speak Spanish or English...

Mexico: Protest Calls Attention to Slain Journalists [Video]

Erwin from The Latin Americanist posts a video by Periodismo IDN of a protest held on Sunday, September 11, where around “250 protesters marched in Mexico City to call attention...

Mexico: Mexico City Mayor and His Online Interaction with Citizens

Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubon is the mayor of the Federal District (Mexico City), headquarters of the union powers and capital city of the United Mexican States. He is becoming known...

Mexico: The Importance of Literacy

Ismael Flores at Vivir México [es] blogs about the importance of literacy. He provides some historical background and looks at current challenges related to literacy in Mexico.

9/11 Retrospective: The Birth of a Generation

Ten years have passed since the coordinated 9/11 attacks on the USA by al-Qaeda, an event that changed the world in many ways. All this is discussed through short videos...

Mexico: What are Mexicans Saying About Their President's Annual State of the Union?

Mexicans have reacted to the message given by Felipe Calderon as part of his "Fifth State of the Union", delivered while the "war" against drug cartels and the election process...

Mexico: Twitter Hashtags as Source of Citizen-Driven News due to ‘Narco Censorship’

Andrés Monroy-Hernandez at ReadWriteWeb explains that in Mexico “some newspapers have officially announced a policy of self-censorship when it comes to reporting drug war-related news”, and that, “Twitter in particular, with...

Latin America: Tragic Times for Journalists

The Latin Americanist lists recent incidents that validate the claim made by Robert Rivard -head of an Inter American Press Association (IAPA) commission- that “2011 is the ‘most tragic year...

Mexico: Hero Reports, Mapping Acts of Kindness

Heroreports is a non-profit project dedicated to crowdsourcing and mapping reports of citizen courage and positive social behavior. It started in Ciudad Juárez, México as an initiative of the MIT...

Blog Carnival: Mexico – Is There a Solution to This Violence?

Our final summary of the 'Blog Carnival: Mexico - Citizenry, Violence and Blogs', focuses on what bloggers think about the solutions the government and citizens are presenting to try to...

Mexico: Fighting Drug Trafficking With ‘Magic Wands’

Blogger Juan Antonio [es] uses reliable sources to report on the situation of the GT200 in Mexico, a drug and explosive detector recognized as ineffective by several countries. Despite warnings...

Mexico: ‘Twitter Terrorists’ Face up to 30 Years in Jail

“Gilberto Martínez Vera (@gilius_22) and María de Jesús Bravo Pagola (@maruchibravo) face up to 30-year jail terms for ‘terrorism and sabotage'”, Tim Johnson reports in his blog Mexico Unmasked, and...

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