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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, 19 Aug 2017 06:55:56 +0000


One lump or two? Sugar negotiations and NAFTArichmx2

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:54:51 +0000

With NAFTA 2.0 negotiations beginning earlier this week, most media focus has been on what the United States expects in a new NAFTA treaty.  While there is still hope in Mexico that a revised treaty might benefit the country (or at least not unduely damage existing economic ties), Ana de Ita, writing in Thursday’s Jornada, believes […](image)

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Urban wildlife… Godzilla?richmx2

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:43:32 +0000

We have been warned!  Well, despite being house bound for now, I knew there were some major changes to the Centro Historico.  But, with the blessings of our local government, it appears we’re in for a major bit of urban renewal… Next week (20-22 August) Godzilla will tower over the “city of palaces” and who […](image)

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People we wish we’d met: Ian Grahamrichmx2

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 04:58:44 +0000

A direct descendent of Oliver Cromwell, grandson of the fifth Duke of Montrose and son of a Lord, Ian Graham’s unlikely career, recording Mayan hirogliphs, was a mere by-product of his desperate attempt to sell a used car. Born in 1923, Graham would be an indifferent student, but … with his illustrious ancestry… expected — […](image)

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The color of successrichmx2

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 02:07:49 +0000

I moved to Mexico in 1996 for my doctoral research. I lived in Colonia Alamos, a declining middle-class area, and went to a mediocre gym in Narvarte. I have a vivid memory of one of my workout friends there telling me, quite emphatically, the title of this blog post. The context was a discussion of… via […](image)

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Getting byrichmx2

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 03:30:16 +0000

Translated from “Instrucciones de un obrero para estirar el salario mínimo” (Luciano Franco, Cronica de Hoy, 11 Agusto 2017).|   Juan Carlos is one of the 7 million Mexicans who, according to Inegi statistics, earn between one and one and a half “salarios minimos” per day.  With superhuman effort, he stretches his 130 peso per […](image)

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Doctor Mora and Mr. Trumprichmx2

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:39:06 +0000

Doctor Mora, José Maria Luis Mora Lamadrid, was a maddening bundle of contradictions — a priest who fought for a secular state, a liberal democrat who supported conservative dictators,  Santa Anna’s ideological foe… and the brains behind Santa Anna’s political success.  Born in 1794, he was only a bystander during the bloody War of Independence, […](image)

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Drug runnerrichmx2

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:13:12 +0000

This is the sort of one sided news story that I generally feel calls for a stiffly worded rebuttal, but having been in and out of hospitals here the last two months (long story short:  a broken leg, followed by an infection, followed by having a titanium plate installed in my leg) has added — […](image)

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Horns of a dilemmarichmx2

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:50:36 +0000

Having recently returned from a long hospital stay, and having had to receive medication that included controlled doses of opium… it still strikes me as odd that an opium producing nation like Mexico has to import medical opium from the few nations (mostly former British colonies) allowed by international treaty to produce opium medications. The […](image)

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150 years ago todayrichmx2

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:03:53 +0000

Filed under: Emperor Maximiliano, Mexican History 1824-1910(image)

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Will be back Fridayrichmx2

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:22:01 +0000

I broke my leg last week, and have been in hospital.  Leaving tomorrow.  Although financial and other concerns someathing of an overwhelming issue, in talking about my own brush with Mexican medical care snd emergency services,  I’ll try to stick to the historical trands and the “big pictute” rather than dwell too much on what […](image)

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Monsanto out for good? Mayberichmx2

Sun, 14 May 2017 23:24:30 +0000

Via Regeneration, May 11, 2017. –   In an ongoing case, the Mexican Supreme Court (SCJN) has refused to accept an amparo (injunction) from the lower courts which sought to allow Monsanto to market transgenic maize, initially halted in 2013. In moving forward, a decision regarding the issue will be based on an earlier civil […](image)

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1960s: Thomas Pynchon in Mexicorichmx2

Fri, 12 May 2017 02:15:36 +0000

Originally posted on The Thomas Trail::
The Thomas Trail: every contact leaves traces ? ? ? 1960s: Thomas Pynchon in Mexico(image)

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