Mexico's Political System

  Although some visitors and expats are content with being well-versed in Mexico’s best restaurants and bars (nothing wrong with that!), I think any country is more interesting and enjoyable (and certainly less baffling) if you devote some hammock time to getting acquainted with its history and politics. Geo-Mexico: The Geography and Dynamics of Modern Mexico is rich with information, and the accompanying website is a goldmine of factual articles, such as this recent post on the basics of Mexico’s […]

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Rental Cars in Mexico

January 24, 2012 | 1 Comment by Churpa Writing about cars yesterday reminded me of another tidbit dredged from Lorena’s infamous and swamp-like inbox: fellow travel writer Ben Starr sent us a tip regarding Advantage, a rental service that allows cars from select locations in California, Arizona, and Texas to cross the border into Mexico. Purchase of a $25 dollar (per day) Mexican insurance policy is mandatory, and the car must be returned to its original U.S. location.We have not […]

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Weary of drug war, Mexico debates legalization | Seattle Times Newspaper

MEXICO CITY — A debate about legalizing marijuana and possibly other drugs — once a taboo suggestion — is percolating in Mexico, a nation exhausted by runaway violence and a deadly drug war. The debate is only likely to grow more animated if Californians approve an initiative on Nov. 2 to legalize marijuana for recreational use in their state. Mexicans are keeping a close eye on the vote, seeing it as a bellwether. “If they vote ‘yes’ to approve the […]

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The 800 Mile Wall | John Carlos Frey

I know I have another post on the border fence, but please bear with me because this wall is not only an inadequate tool to solve the immigration problem; it is also killing people. I found an interesting article and video by John Carlos Frey.  Please read. Excerpt below: “From 2007 to 2009, I followed the construction of what is now close to 800 miles of border security infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico international boundary. What I found was a mess. […]

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The Mexican Border Fence: A Solution?

by S (Rio) Guzman We are building an incredible new fence along the Mexican border; that means tax payer’s money down the drain. Mexicans cross the US border illegally in search of work because they don’t earn enough money in their own country to sustain themselves.  I can vouch for that. Is a fence going to stop them? We have to address the problem not the symptoms. They need a decent minimum wage.  They need schools and libraries. They don’t need […]

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Mexico Property Ownership Change?

BY DAVID AGREN The News (Mexico) A new proposal in the Senate would lift rules that prohibit foreigners from buying property in the nation’s coastal and border regions. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mario López Valdez of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, aims to boost foreign investment by scrapping constitutional prohibitions against non-Mexicans owning property within 50 kilometers of a coastline and 100 kilometers of the border. To read the complete text of this article, click the link below:  […]

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Child Custody Problem

Hello, I need to know what to do if the father of my child won’t sign another letter for her to come with me to Mexico. He signed and noterized one already so she could get a passport. He said he won’t sign another letter though. What should I do?  Sincerely,  Erica  Carl replies: Erica, to the best of my knowledge your best (and perhaps only) recourse is to get a court order that will allow you to take your […]

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Mexico Border Alert

This just in from the Associated Press.  When I read the warning to “stay away from prostitution and drug-dealing areas” I had to ask myself, “do we need the State Department” to figure that one out?  Mexico travel alert   The U.S. State Department has renewed a travel advisory warning its citizens about an increase in violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. The alert does not recommend staying away from the country or any particular part of it, but advises American […]

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Mexico: Passport Alert!

In June of this year the United States will activate serious new passport and identification requirements for travelers returning from Mexico and other countries. (The article cited below was originally published by the Los Angeles Times but I found it at The News, an excellent source of information on Mexico.) U.S. citizens: Plan for new passport rules BY JANE ENGLE Los Angeles Times For U.S. citizens living or traveling outside the country in 2009, here are two pieces of advice: […]

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