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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.

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Napoleon’s returnrichmx2

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:37:31 +0000

I don’t think anyone seriously denies that there is “corruption” on some level in all the unions here. That said, back during the heyday of the PRI, it seems the corrupt union “bosses” were not only tolerated, but openly supported … provided their loyalty was to the party first, the rank-and-file second. One notes that […]

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You can fight city hall… in drag… for Jesusrichmx2

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:06:43 +0000

Since 1480, rural residents of Zitlala, Guerrero state have been at odds with the local government over, what else, tax rates. Back then, the tribute owed to the local government (and, in turn, to the Aztec overlords), included a set number of women. That year, the rural communes, owing a tad more than usual, objected […]

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A not so brighter, whiter campaign speech…richmx2

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:37:59 +0000

“Race” and “raza” aren’t exactly synonoms, but the nuances of color in “la raza” has always been used in Mexican politics… usually ineffectively (I can remember when Lazaro Cárdenas Batal was running for Governor of Michaocán, and his opponent took every opportunity to mention Cárdenas has an Afro-Cuban wife, as if that meant she practiced […]

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A drop of bleach in the gene poolrichmx2

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 07:56:08 +0000

Although this 1895 painting is by a Brazilian artist, it illustrates quite effectively the Latin American elites ideas about race and  national identity.  At the time, both in the Anglo north, and Latin south, Social Darwinism was accepted science and the assumption was that the more European the population (and, in the United States and […]

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(Narco) Peace be with you?richmx2

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:37:18 +0000

Two priests, returning from a religous festival Taxco, Guerrero, were murdered last week.  The authorities were quick to blame the victims … not only had the priests been drinking (well, they were at a party, so that one didn’t fly), and — cue ominous music — were musicians, one of them was once photographed holding […]

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Not Lena Riefenstahl, but then why would it be?richmx2

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:17:28 +0000

Alberto Isaac’s “Olimpiada en México”, the official 1968 Summer Games film.  English voice-over narration.

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Yanqui go home (or at least, shut up!)richmx2

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 23:44:26 +0000

  Spain has fallen to the charms of Evita She can do what she likes, it doesn’t matter much   Can’t say the same about Rex Tillerson’s Latin American Rainbow Tour… Originally posted on Steve Ellner’s Blog on Venezuela, Latin America and Beyond U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON’S LATIN AMERICAN TOUR MAY BE WITHOUT […]

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US exports are killing us… literally!richmx2

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 06:44:11 +0000

And nothing is being done about it that anyone can tell: From 2014 to 2016, across 15 countries in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, 50,133 guns that originated in the United States were recovered as part of criminal investigations. Put another way, during this span, U.S.-sourced guns were used to commit crimes in nearby […]

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All your elections belong to USrichmx2

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 20:07:10 +0000

U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, apparently resents other foreign powers trying to muscle in on his (perceived) colonial patch: Today’s Jornada:   Tillerson’s visit,  it must be said, does not augur well for bilateral relations or for links between the United States and the countries of the rest of the American continent. Last Wednesday, […]

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Positively nutsrichmx2

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:29:54 +0000

In my first edition of Gods, Gachupines and Gringos, I devoted only a sentence to Positivism when talking about immigration to Mexico in the Porfirian era. I don’t want to write a treatise on Latin Amrican Positivism, but on the other hand, I can’t get away with just saying “the Cientificos were positive they were […]

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And speaking of Poles in Mexicorichmx2

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 01:27:06 +0000

Mexico and Poland: Centuries of Cultural Relations (Culture.PL, 13 April 2015)   The 19th century brought Polish soldiers to Mexico. After the unsuccessful November Uprising against Russia, many Polish political émigrés had to start their lives from scratch abroad in 1831. For 123 years – from 1795 to 1918 – Poland was divided into three […]

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