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 El Jokoki, has died of complications from leukemia. Soto was the tuba player for many years for Banda

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...

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Obama Nominates Maria Echaveste for Ambassador to Mexico

By Suzzane Gamboa, NBC News President Barack Obama is nominating Maria Echaveste, a former Clinton White House official, to be next ambassador to Mexico. If confirmed, she would be the first woman in that post, as White...

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Unaccompanied minors: How about some perspective

*The unaccompanied minor story constantly changes. Here’s the latest chapter, in the form of Homeland Security statistics that show how the number of unaccompanied minors has dwindled to half of what it once was. There’s more of...

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Faustino Diaz: Trombone master from Oaxaca in L.A.

*What a wonderful interview! What a wonderful opportunity to listen and learn from a Latino master – from Oaxaca to the Rotterdam conservatory. The podcast is in Spanish,well worth the listen. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s...

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Bulletproof Burial Ground – the Narco Tombs of Culiacan

*This is fascinating and eerie at the same time. The opulent tombs of the Sinaloa drug kingpins – done in baroque and minimalist traditions, with AC, running water and bullet proof windows. It’s so wrong you can’t...

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

‘Subcomandante Marcos No Longer Exists:’ Zapatista Leader Retires His Nom de Guerre

*Whatever you may think of Subcomandante Marcos, this latest change spotlights the fact that he’s a master media tactician. VL By Alice Speri, VICE News With an enigmatic statement, the iconic leader of Mexico’s National Zapatista Liberation Army...

Friday, May 9th, 2014

As Honduras Unravels, U.S. Struggles to Cope with Refugees

*As people flee Honduras the sad thing is that few survive the trek across Mexico into the U.S. The tragedy is that it isn’t news. Few reports, like this independent media account, are available. VL By  Melissa del...

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Under The Volcano

*Read this. The respect Bourdain has for Mexico, its cuisine, its culture, and people is palpable. His defense of immigrants is very cool as well. Granted, the piece includes a small plug for his TV program, but...

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Escuinapa, Sinaloa – town of bicycles and mangos

*I’m always looking forward to Sam Quiñones’ posts. He finds the extraordinary in the common. Now, he’s started to tell his stories with video. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog I’m just back from Mexico where...

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Latin America Green News: March 23rd – 29th, 2014

By Denée Reaves, La Onda Verde/NRDC Switchboard Chile Just before the Metropolitan Region around Santiago enters the time of year that traditionally has the highest levels of air pollution, the Superintendent of Environment rejected the location and data...

Monday, February 24th, 2014

El Chapo falls … as Time hits the stands

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog As a reporter, I don’t believe too much in coincidences, especially when it comes to Mexican politics. So, let’s say that the arrest this morning of drug megalord Joaquin “El Chapo”...

Monday, February 17th, 2014

American Media Misses the Story on Mexican Oil Reform

By Shannon Young , Texas Observer On Dec. 12, 2013, Mexican legislators approved controversial, far-reaching reforms to the country’s energy sector. Outside the federal legislative chambers in Mexico City, protesters pounded on metal barriers with rocks and spoons, while...

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