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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 in its search for the missing Ayotzinapa Normal School students, touching on the raw subject of US aid

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...

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...

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