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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: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:56:47 +0000


Do not call!richmx2callatedutch-cyclist-with-mobile-phone

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:29:32 +0000

PRI deputy Fernando Moctezuma Pereda has proposed a change to the Federal penal code under which using a cellular phone while driving could be punished by up to five years in jail.  Moctezuma’s justification is that distracted drivers, specifically drivers using their cell phones, are one of the major culprits in the 12,000 traffic deaths […](image)

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Zapata v Trumprichmx2ezmexico-tierra-del-maiz

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:16:18 +0000

Meeting on the 105th anniversary of the signing of Emiliano Zapata’s radical Plan of Ayala (““That to the pueblos (villages) there be given what in justice they deserve as to lands, timber, and water, which [claim] has been the origin of the present Counterrevolution” in John Womack’s translation), campesino and indigenous leaders sat down to […](image)

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And forget about building a wall, too!richmx2

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:38:54 +0000

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) – Eight out of every 10 Mexicans surveyed are willing to stop buying US goods if the next president, Donald Trump, takes policies that affect Mexico’s interests, according to a study released today. […] In case the business mogul carries through on his promises once he takes office as president […](image)

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Fidel in Mexicorichmx2

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:11:39 +0000

The history of the Cuban Revolution is also part of Mexican history.  I had planned to post this yesterday, but there were some glitches in the connection I had.  Thanks to Franc Contreras for getting this up on Youtube:Filed under: Ciudad de México, Cuba, Fidel Castro(image)

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Writers welcome!richmx2mrs_alec_tweedie_002Xochicalco, ca 1900

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:12:20 +0000

English-language travel writing about Mexico goes back to the notorious Thomas Gage — the renegade monk turned Cromwellian propagandist, and has always been full of cliches and “ango-centric” views of the country.  Although travel writing didn’t really take off with Gage, and had to wait until the late Victorian Age to find it’s genre, one […](image)

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A rising wage lifts all boats?richmx2index

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 07:36:11 +0000

Joseph Stiglitz  was asked about the noises from the United States (mostly emanating from the soon to be whiner-in-chief) about renegotiating what the Nobel Economics Laureate has long considered a flawed agreement.  Stiglitz noted that a “free trade agreement” presupposes the free exchange not just of goods and capital, but of labor as well.  For […](image)

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Our security, and yours…richmx2images

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:56:58 +0000

I honestly didn’t have the time (or energy) for more than a rough translation of “Trump, ave de tempestades para México en materia de seguridad” in the latest issue of Proceso (Issue: 2090, 20 November 2016, pp 14-19) … on the newsstands today… but it was important to bring Jorge Carraso Araizaga’s reportage on the […](image)

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Not a bad idea, reallyrichmx2jamindex

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:16:17 +0000

One assumes that with Morena and PRD in control of the district assembly, this will probably be shot down, but it seems perfectly reasonable to me. (My translation from NOTIMEX): The PAN faction in the Federal District Assembly (ALDF, for its initials in Spanish) has proposed retiring the “tenencia” (property tax) on  private vehicles, including […](image)

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Revolutionary Changesrichmx2amelio

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:10:43 +0000

¡Feliz Día de la Revolución! It isn’t unusual to find that veterans of the the ten-years of revolution ended their service in an army completely different than where they had started out. Besides those professional soldiers who defected from the old Federal Army (like the artillery expert, Felipe Angeles — ) and those whose ideological […](image)

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All in all, no way you’ll build a wallrichmx2

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:40:07 +0000

I’m still amazed at the number of people who think a wall… or even a fence… along the 3154 Km (1954 miles) of land border between the United States and Mexico is feasible. My best guess is they’ve seen photos of the less than half that’s a more or less straight line. Filed under: Border […](image)

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Nothing to fear but fear itselfrichmx2

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:59:43 +0000

I haven’t been posting much on this site, and … as I generally do… stayed away from any discussion of US politics or of my personal life.  For the record, while there has been an absurdly long delay in completing my naturalization here, I hadn’t planned to vote in the US anyway, and really didn’t […](image)

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