Letter from a Reader: Safe Living in Michoacan

Coat of arms of Michoacan

editor’s note: Julissa Gonzalez sent us the following letter about life in one of our favorite states. We love to hear from those of you who are still living the Mexican Dream. If you have any questions about living or traveling in Michoacán, please post them in the comments section. Dear Carl and Lorena, I was just browsing your site when I noticed that there is a lot of concern on living in Mexico.  Well, I do live in Mexico […]

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New Film on Colosio Conspiracy

As the LA Times reports, a new film on the 1994 murder of Luis Donaldo Colosio explores multiple conspiracy theories, all of which cast the PRI in a bad light. The article’s author, Ken Ellingwod, notes: “...the case has spawned a dizzying array of conspiracy theories and speculation over possible plotters, from cutthroat drug traffickers to members of Colosio’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico at the time. Some historians view the Colosio slaying as the blow that would propel […]

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Mexico City Safer than Minneapolis?

Jeff O’Brien called my attention to this SF Gate article, Five Safest Places in Mexico for Travelers, which is pleasantly free of hysteria. I agree that the states of Tlaxcala, Yucatan, Queretaro, and Baja California Sur are good bets for travelers. That said, I feel the need to point out that this list could easily be a top ten list or even top thirty. The data on death rates can sound more alarming than need be. As the author  acknowledges, […]

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CEPAD Lambasts the State for Ignoring Human Rights Violations

  The Justice Center for Peace and Development (CEPAD) met in Guadalajara to submit its annual report on human rights in the state of Jalisco. The general consensus: 2011 was not a good year for human rights. “2011 can be defined by a series of breaches of human rights by the authorities of the state and the municipalities…We have shown an escalation of unprecedented violence in the state, and at the same time we see the inability and the inaction […]

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Tenacatita Protesters Attacked

On May 21st, residents of El Rebalsito traveled six hours to Guadalajara by bus to protest the illegal occupation of Tenacatita. The protesters planned to peacefully march to the site where Televisa would be interviewing  Fernando Guzman, the conservative PAN party’s candidate for governor of Jalisco. During Guzman’s term as secretary of the government he consistently supported the Rodenas plan to build a private resort on the public beach and he turned a blind eye to the violent acts of […]

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Letter from a Reader: Am I going crazy, or has Mexico?

editor’s note: We love hearing from our readers, and sometimes the conversations that develop seem worthy of a larger audience. If you feel up to adding a comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Hi Carl and Lorena I’ve traveled with you folks for the last twenty years, and have had only wonderful fun on my trips there. Through all that time there have been people most willing to tell us scary stories about bandits and thugs […]

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Mexico Taxi Project

  I’m impressed with the Mexican government’s creative efforts to combat Mexico’s image problem. Maybe it’s just because it reminds me of my favorite game show, Cash Cab, but I think the Mexico Taxi Project is a pretty great idea.  The project’s creators use cabs with hidden cameras to capture returning tourist’s impressions of Mexico. I would love to see the outtakes from this project, in which passengers with piña colada-induced hangovers hurl out the window and little old ladies […]

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Putting Faces on Statistics

Recommended read: The New York Times reports on a community art project in Ecatepec, Mexico. The project consists of giant photo murals of victims of cartel crime: “The Murrieta Foundation gave photography classes to young people from rough neighborhoods and recruited crime victims as their subjects. “Victim” was defined broadly. Along with those who had witnessed murders firsthand, lost relatives or been the victims of violent crime, the category included drug addicts, the girlfriends of criminals and an old man […]

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Carjackers, Stewed Iguana, and Pollo Guisado

Just had a great visit with our friends Mark and Jazmin, who live on the coast of Guerrero, about an hour outside of Zijuatanejo. They report that things seem to be cooling off in their area. Last year they made do with a decrepit, rusty truck because they were worried about car jackings. This year, crime seems low enough that they feel comfortable bringing a better vehicle down. I’ll keep you posted. In addition to filling us in on the […]

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