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Monday, July 13th, 2015

Mexico’s hidden people

*Thanks to Taquista Ito Romo for this. I spent part of my elementary school years and all of middle school in Mexico, and I never heard of this. VL By Abby Reimer, CNN (CNN) – An estimated 200,000 Africans were brought to Mexico under slavery, which ended in the country in 1829. Yet Photographer Mara Sanchez

Monday, July 13th, 2015

El Corrido Del Chapo (the first) – copyright mine!

*It was only a matter of time, someone was bound to do it. Why not Sam? VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog The news today that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from Mexico’s maximum security prison either...

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Xalisco Boys – now in northern Ohio

*Sam Quiñones always gives us insights into places where we wouldn’t otherwise look, that’s the value of his writing. He tells us about the heroin trade, migrating to the U.S. from Mexico, and how its highly organized system...

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Death on Sevenmile Road

By Melissa del Bosque, The Texas Observer The pickup truck accelerated. Jose Isabel Coj Cumar could see the glow of the sun through the thin black fabric that concealed him and the five other men in the...

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Selling ‘dulces’ in the States

*This confirms my thinking, more than an “aspirational” culture, Latinos in the U.S. are a transformational force. I like the last line in this piece: “So it sounds like ‘dulces’ are here to stay.” VL By Crystal Lindell,...

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Students who survived Mexico’s night of bloody horror accuse army and police

*This is poignant. An eyewitness, survivor of the attack against Mexican students that ended in the disappearance of 43 protesters, tells his story. VL By Nina Lakhani, The Guardian Uriel Alonso Solís is an affable 19-year-old, the...

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Why Americans Should Be Outraged by Pena Nieto Visit

*Enrique Peña Nieto visited the White house last week for the first time as President of Mexico. Official reports and statements of the visit make no mention of the missing 43 students. VL By Jose AngelN., El...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Obama: US ‘Offered’ Help to Mexico in Search for Missing Students

*The first official U.S. acknowledgement of the missing 43 came 11 days after the students went missing. VL By Daniel Hernandez, VICE News President Barack Obama said last week the US government has offered help to Mexico...

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

An attorney speaks to Tijuana deportees

*What about the immigrants not covered in the President’s executive action? Sam Quiñones tell us about a group of them in Tijuana. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog I just sat through a meeting of a...

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The sinister secret life of the ‘imperial couple’ of Iguala

*According to this report, the Mayor if Iguala’s wife had family ties to a drug cartel. She’s accused of ordering the disappearance of 43 protesting students because they interfered with her political launching party. VL By Paloma...

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Powerful Photos Capture the Student Protests Barely Anyone Is Talking About

*The protests in Hong Kong have dominated U.S. media, but this is happening in our backyard. VL By Coleen , World.Mic While the world has focused its attention on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, there’s another student movement...

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Death of a Tuba Superstar – RIP El Jokoki

*Sam Quiñones has a good nose for great stories. Mexico had an innovative tuba superstar, and his life is worth noting. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog Sad news from Mexico that Carlos Soto Beltran, aka...

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Setting the story straight about children and families crossing the border from Mexico

*A first-person account from the front lines of the undocumented minor “border crisis,” written by a pediatrician working one mile from the border. VL By Marsha Griffin, The Texas Observer Many years ago, as a young woman, I...

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Pre-Hispanic codex returns to Mexico from London

*This is incredibly cool and significant. The Chimalpahin Codex is considered to be the first history of Mexico. VL By Associated Press/The Washington Post MEXICO CITY — Three volumes of hand-written, indigenous accounts that vividly describe the...

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