Monday, August 29th, 2016

In Mariachi Music, A Distinctive Yell Speaks To The Soul

*A good grito is an indication that a party has reached another level of fun. Good times are assured. VL By Brenda Salinas, Code Switch Do you know that feeling when a song moves you so much, you just feel like you have to add your own voice? Mexican culture has an answer to that:

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Arizonan rips ‘Spanish-Mexican’ mayor invitation

*For the record, the name Huachuca, the name of the town where this man is mayor, is in the Apache language and means thunder mountain. Mayor Ken Taylor refused an invitation to a U.S.-Mexico Mayor’s conference because the...

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Tijuana, cops, & why people leave Mexico

*It’s a true, tough question. Mexicans are incensed at the thought of a Trump wall. But, why are so many of them willing to risk their lives to leave? VL By Sam Quiñones, DREAMLAND I have no...

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Utility workers discover 14,000-year-old mammoth fossils under Mexican street

*Proof that Mexicans have been doing carne asadas for 14,000 years. VL By Fox News Latino (1.5 minute read) Utility workers digging in the Mexican city of Tultepec unearthed the fossilized remains of a 14,000-year-old mammoth that researchers...

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

The GOP’s Mexico Derangement

*Does anyone have Trump’s email address? He needs to read this (does he read news?). It’s good. You should read it too, pass it along to folks you think might benefit from a little knowledge. VL By...

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....

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...

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