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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: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:56:03 +0000


Bad timing, or… Clueless in Naucalpanrichmx2captura

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:56:30 +0000

Not that there’s anything wrong with being an “illegal alien” and being in no position to wax (too) judgemental about the white people who did pretty much what I did (though I had a job… which proved terrible… waiting and changed employers without going through the then much more restrictive measures required for a working […](image)

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Mahatma Gandhi in Chihuahuarichmx2captura

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 08:02:06 +0000

Chihuahua is better known for Pancho Villa than Mahatma Gandhi, but who says your can’t teach old revolutionaries new tricks? Around 11 A.M. this morning (6 January), around a thousand citizens who had blockaded the Carmargo (Chihuahua) tool booth were met by 30 Federal Police officers and ordered to disburse. The demonstrators refused to leave […](image)

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On the eve of destruction?richmx2Is PEMEX burning? Nope... but there are burning tires out in the road. ("El Universal" photo by Hugo García)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:51:50 +0000

José Gil Olmos in Proceso (translation by Rachel Alexander) on the growing protests triggered by the gas price hikes: …it is the reaction fueled by a series of abuses of power, corruption scandals, impunity and injustice on the part of the government and the political class in general. That is why the angry response of […](image)

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Mon, 02 Jan 2017 05:53:13 +0000

Want to catch a politican? Build a better rat-trap. In Mexicali, citizens outraged by recent federal tax “reforms” that return nothing in the way of public services, to say nothing of the generous “bonuses” the Chamber of Deputies and Senate voted for themselves, installed giant rat traps outside the homes of their local representatives. One […](image)

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Now is the winter of our (gas-powered) discontentrichmx2

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:45:33 +0000

From Dutch journalist Jan-Albert Hootsen: The issue with the gasolinazo (and I’m purely talking politics here, not economics) is not that the price hike isn’t logical or that it doesn’t make sense to stop subsidizing petrol in this country. It’s that people perceive the government as doing, yet again, the exact opposite of what was […](image)

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Trump’s Mexicans? Business interests meet with Trump advisers.richmx2

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:47:52 +0000

Carlos Mota, who I guess you would call the “business gossip columnist” for El Financiero caught wind of a rather interesting meeting that seems to have been purposely kept out of the media spotlight, but leaves some intriguing (and troubling) clues as to the future of U.S.-Mexican relations. My translation: Last Wednesday (7 December), three […](image)

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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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