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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: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:51:20 +0000


What’s up with NAFTA?richmx2

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:12:05 +0000

Apparently, not a lot. Mexican (and Canadian) proposals are being shunted aside, although so far, negotiators have avoided getting bogged down in politics. EU deja sin respuesta propuestas mexicanas sobre TLCAN (Susana González G., La Jornada, 20 November 2017)… my translation The United States has not responded, and has been unwilling to respond to counter-proposals […](image)

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!richmx2

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:26:10 +0000

Pancho Villa and Pascual Orozco at the Elite Confectionary (211 Mesa Street, El Paso, Texas), in May 1911. The two were still allies at the time in the battle for Juarez. Madero had ordered the two to hold off on attacking Juarez, but the two comandantes had gone ahead anyway, directing the battle from the […](image)

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Cuarenta y uno ( y uno más)richmx2

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:59:11 +0000

I either knew, or forgot,that yesterday was the anniversary of the “Baile de los cuarenta y uno”… the 41 Dance of 18 November 1901.  This was the raid on a drag ball (about half the men were in women’s clothing), that ended with the men … who were mostly from prominent Mexican City families… were […](image)

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Is this what it’s said to be?richmx2

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:39:20 +0000

This is a 1914 photo of Victoriano Huerta, sitting in the back of a car.  But I’m not sure, as has been claimed, that he’s smoking a joint. Filed under: Uncategorized(image)

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La Raza and racerichmx2

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:57:29 +0000

Officially, since Independence, Mexico has done everything it can to erase the differences between “race” in favor of creating “la raza” — the people.  But, with ethnic identity movements gaining momentum in recent years, there is more awareness by people of their own “race”… for good or ill.  I tend to think the recent interest […](image)

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One way ticket, pleaserichmx2

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:02:54 +0000

The Metro is still the best way to get around town.  And, yes, there is a station at a cemetery.  (Actually, the family said they were just too poor to rent a hearse). Filed under: Ciudad de México, Metro, Real Mexico(image)

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Such a mean old manrichmx2

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:12:37 +0000

15 year old Kayla America Fuentes tracks down a story most of us would never touch with a ten-foot pole.  The Old Man Who Calls The Border Patrol on Immigrants (Splinter 16 October 2017).  Sombrero tip to Debbie Nathan of   I’d known about Rusty for a long time before I saw those Jeeps. The […](image)

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Reading for today:richmx2

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 20:34:22 +0000

Dispelling Mexican Narconarratives: Why Most Fiction Gets It All Wrong (Borderlands Beat) Drugs traffickers are the most visible faces, easier to blame. Sure, they’re people who have a name and a face that we all want to condemn. They’re the only ones visible in the clandestine economy of drugs. But it’s also an economy that […](image)

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Believe it or notrichmx2

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:35:01 +0000

When Pope John-Paul II  placed a crown atop the statue of the Virgin of the Assumption (Virgen de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de María) in the 18th century parish church of the Nahuatl community of Copilco, Comacalco, Tabasco, he was hardly the first, nor by any means the last, to pay particular homage to […](image)

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Isn’t that convenient?richmx2

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 20:11:13 +0000

As with any natural disaster, there is always the question of what part unnatural acts played in the devastation.  Specifically, where newer buildings collapsed after the 19 September earthquake, there is a question of whether or not they were built according to specifications (in which case, perhaps the engineering standards need to be looked at), […](image)

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Humanitarian tourism and other infamiesrichmx2

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:57:51 +0000

In some ways, I am grateful that my accident, and its too long recovery, has kept me from taking an active role in responding as I might wish to our recent tragedy.  I sense that my own privileged neighborhood received the bulk of international and local attention not because the suffering was worse for us […](image)

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You have the courage to be afraidrichmx2

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:17:43 +0000

Juan Villoro’s  El Puño en alto was published the 22 September 2017 in Reforma.  Translation by Peter Davies published in Latin American Focus, 23 September 2017. A raised fist is normally seen as a sign of defiance.  But, when digging through the rubble, we all know it as the signal to keep absolute silence as rescuers […](image)

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