Friday, May 6th, 2016

A Cinco de Mayo story you probably didn’t know

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (4 minute read) On May 5th, 1862, a contingent of soldiers on the American continent encountered their enemy along a road that led to the enemy fort. The contingent attacked but was repulsed.  The enemy counterattacked and closed in on the contingent’s flank, when reinforcements came from a supporting brigade. Together

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Aztecs or Mexica? What is the Proper Name for the Ancient Empire?

*A little setting-the-record-straight for your afternoon. Share this, spread the knowledge. VL By Nicoletta Maestri, Despite its popular use, the term “Aztec” when used to refer to the Triple Alliance founders of Tenochtitlan and the empire that...

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Can a Colonial Crafts Town Survive Modern Mexico?

*The crafts made and sold around Pátzcuaro, México, are traditions that date back to 600AD. There are deep traditions from across the continent and the Caribbean that establish the prominence Latino culture. Our children won’t get this...

Monday, February 8th, 2016

In Mexico, a Healer Who Asks for Nothing in Return

*”Creo que lo mas importante es decirle a la gente que vieran un poquito por sus semejantes.” -Don  Sergio. By Elizabeth Malkin, The New York Times SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Every morning, Sergio Castro...

Monday, February 1st, 2016

U.S. rights group leads effort to identify Mexican immigrant on life support for 16 years

*What a tough story to read. An immigrant from Mexico has been on life support for 15 years. He’s finally identified using DNA. His family was notified, but this isn’t about a happy ending. There is a...

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Mexico begins extradition proceedings against drug lord

*This didn’t take long. The popular belief in Mexico is that Chapo will escape again. Some of the more cynical comments on social media hope he will. Authorities tailed U.S. Actor Sean Penn for clues to Chapo’s whereabouts....

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Fugitive drug lord ‘El Chapo’ has been captured, Mexico’s president says

*Enrique Peña Nieto’s Tweet legitimizes the news. Chapo was reportedly apprehended in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. VL By Elahe Izadi and Joshua Partlow, The Washington Post Drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who escaped from a maximum-security prison...

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws

*Wasn’t this part of the calculus to begin with? Decriminalize pot, eliminate the profit incentive for drug dealers? VL By Deborah Bponello, The Los Angeles Times He started growing marijuana as a teenager and for four decades earned...

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Soldadera: The Tiny Things They Carried

*I enjoyed reading this immensely. Soldaderas have always been a figment of the past in my mind, frozen images of iconic Casasola photographs. This piece is from June of this year, written shortly after the oldest, sole...

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o Ruffles Feathers By Saying She is Not Just Kenyan; She Is “Mexican-Kenyan”

*She says she’s fascinated by carne asada tacos. That’s full-fledged Mexican cred for me. Mexico recently announced it will give its 1.38 million afro-Mexicans official recognition in its census forms. VL By Liku Zelleke, Naturally Moi Lupita Nyong’o,...

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Obama’s pick for Mexico ambassador moves forward

*GOP Senators delayed her nomination because of her role in the thawing of U.S.-Cuba relations.  Yet, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) spoke against her this week. Any Senator can put the confirmation on “hold.” The thinking is that...

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The Radical Indian Activist Who Influenced Mexico City, Lenin And Einstein

*I read this today – it’s a short illutrated history – and learned something about someone I didn’t know. Accordong to this history Manabendra Nath Roy lived a fascnating life, he influenced revolutions across the world and...

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Ancestry Mexico Launches with More than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records

*This is very cool. announced “the launch of new online services that will help Mexicans and the estimated 34 million Mexican Americans research their family history.” The punchline is that every Mexican-American says their great-grandfather fought with Pancho...

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Eleuterio Cruz – RIP

*This is a wonderful lunchtime read. Sam Quiñones tells us about a small group of village men who carved a 5 mile road from a mountainside in Mexico, volunteering the strength of their arms, swinging picks and...

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