Book Review: El Narco

I shouldn’t be reviewing this book or recommending it to our readers. As an editor for a travel site and managing editor for The People’s Guide to Mexico, one of my goals is to, you know, encourage people to go to Mexico. It’s my job to say that your fears about Mexico are overblown, that the media is mongering fear, that our vision of modern Mexico is skewed by the press, that vast portions of Mexico are still safe, that […]

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Historical Image of the Week: The Occupation of Mexico City

A battle in the war between Mexico and the US.

First published in 1850, this lithograph depicts the US Army occupying the zocalo in Mexico City’s Centro Historico. The image was originally published in The Mexican War and its warriors : comprising a complete history of all the operations of the American armies in the Mexico . . . illustrated with numerous engravings. Image courtesy of NYPL digital collections.

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The Return of Noticias

  It’s been awhile, but I’m gonna start cranking these out again . . . at lest that’s what I’m telling myself. Policias – The governor of the state of Mexico has ordered 12 municipalities around Mexico City to stop issuing traffic tickets until they comply with a law passed last year that prohibits male traffic cops from issuing traffic tickets in that state.  Some are skeptical it will have the intended effect of reducing corruption in the long term, […]

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Obama Visits Mexico City

  I find it kind of weird that Obama visits Mexico City and the angle the LA Times decides to play up is…people are inconvenienced. Doesn’t that happen anytime el presidente goes anywhere? Evidently Obama is staying in a fancy hotel (of course) in Polanco. The news coverage makes me happy that I didn’t pursue my dreams of world domination. Presidential travel sounds pretty lame. I bet he doesn’t even get to eat any real tacos…

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Obrador Challenges Election Results

Obrador is contesting the results of last Sunday’s presidential election. He accuses the PRI of buying votes to secure victory. The BBC reports: “…Will Grant in Mexico City says it is not just Mr Lopez Obrador’s team who are pushing for alleged irregularities to be investigated. There is a broad spread of people, not necessarily from the left, who feel that votes in their parts of Mexico were tampered with, he adds.” note: special thanks to El Codo for directing […]

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Election Results

A projected PRI victory in the presidential election. The breakdown of votes. Also, it looks like Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval, the PRI candidate for governor of Jalisco, defeated the PAN candidate, Fernando Guzmán. Those of you who have been following the Tenacatita saga may remember that Guzmán is a crony of the developer Villalobos. When Guzmán served as secretary of the government, he consistently supported Rodenas actions, and Guzmán’s (probably paid) supporters attacked Tenacatitans at a demonstration in Guadalajara this May. So […]

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Hundreds of Thousands Rally to Support Obrador

Protestors rally in Mexico City in support of Obrador.

PRD candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador drew hundreds of thousands of supporters to the Mexico City zocalo for the final speech of his campaign. My sainted mother was in the city at the time and sent the photos you’ll see below. She thinks Obrador actually has a chance of winning this Sunday’s presidential election. The PRD, Mexico’s most prominent left wing party, has never won a presidential election, and most analysts are betting on PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto. But […]

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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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¡Obamanos!

The Obama Administration has instituted a policy that will make a deportation waiver and two-year work permit available to certain undocumented Americans ages 16-30 who are in school, have a high school or equivalent diploma, or have served in the military.  According to the Christian Science Monitor as many as 800,000 undocumented teenagers and young adults, who are in reality more Estadounidense than Mexicano, might be spared the fate of struggling to get by in an unfamiliar language and culture […]

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