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¡COMO MEXICO NO HAY DOS! The "Real Mexico" from transvestite wrestlers to machete-wielding naked farmers. History, culture, politics, economics, news and the general weirdness that usually floats down from the north.

Last Build Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:24:47 +0000


Tennis (Court Oath) Anyone?richmx2

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:06:54 +0000

DRAT! The “powers that be” thought they’d pull a fast one when, during the course of turning the Federal District into a State, they packed the Constituent Assembly by cutting down the number of citizen-elected representatives, and assigning more seats to the President (and, by default, his party) and our neo-liberal “mayor”. If there was […](image)

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Saving the rain forest, one chew at a timerichmx2

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:19:09 +0000

Chewing gum…  sustainable agriculture, and tropical rainforest protection all benefitting worker-management … what’s not to like?  Filed under: Agriculture, Economy & Business, Environment, Yucatan(image)

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Why I don’t like the word ‘expat’richmx2

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:51:59 +0000

Calling oneself an ‘expat’ encourages a certain mentality and way of behaving, a sense of superiority and entitlement which we have to be vigilant of and challenge in ourselves and others. At a time when immigrants are being scapegoated, locked up and deported around the world, from LA to Rome to London, immigrants – regardless […](image)

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Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:13:06 +0000

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Occupational hazards…richmx2

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:35:23 +0000

WOW! Mexfiles has been amused and bemused by former Chihuahua governor Patricio Martínez’ semi-quixotic (though perfectly logical) demand for the return of some lands to Mexico that appear to have been ceded to the United States through surveying error, but he’s not nearly as ambitious (or as quixotic, perhaps) as the grand old man of the […](image)

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Does money grow on trees?richmx2

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:44:58 +0000

The new General Law on Sustainable Forest Development, passed in the Chamber of Deputies on March 7, opens forests and “associated resources” to commerical development. The measure received the support of the center and right of center parties: the PRI and PAN majority, with support from the smaller New Alliance, Green, and Social Encounter parties. […](image)

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Sugar, sugar…richmx2

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:28:20 +0000

U.S. sugar consumption ranks third in the world behind India and the EU. The U.S. has the world’s third largest population of 274 million and the largest and most diverse food processing industry. Despite a trend toward greater self-sufficiency in sugar production, the U. S. remains one of the world’s largest net sugar importers – […](image)

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Food, culture, and…richmx2

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:05:48 +0000

We all have our own reasons to move to Mexico… Roxana Bangara’s are not the typical gringo ones, and that’s all to the good.Filed under: Afro-Mexicans, Gringo(landia), La Raza (Mexican cultures and peoples), Veracruz(image)

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And thanks for all the fish….richmx2

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:34:15 +0000

The Revillagigedo Islands are the Galapagos of North America.  Explored by Alexander Humbolt (whose own work was instrumental in the development of the theories Charles Darwin worked out after visiting the “other” Galapagos) and by the “Audubon of the West”, Andrew Jackson Grayson (who, incidentally, was a shopkeeper in Mazatlán) , the “distinct terrestrial ecoregion” (some […](image)

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Don’t panic, gringo… yet.richmx2peso

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:26:10 +0000

Via TV Azteca (my translation): PAN senator Jorge Luis Preciado proposes that in the event that Donald Trump insists on applying a tax on remittances from the United States then the Mexican government should impose a residence tax on US citizens living in this country. “I would ask the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the […](image)

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Why was the military even involved?richmx2

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:10:23 +0000

Translation from AnimalPolitco by our friends at Mexico Voices (an excellent source for translations of Mexican political news, and highly recommended) Animal Politico: Paris Martínez @paris_martinezTranslated by Ruby Izar-SheaTen years after the current strategy to fight organized crime began, with the Armed Forces’ active participation in confrontations against drug traffickers, official data available reveals that […](image)

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