On July 7, elections were held in 15 Mexican states for mayoral and congressional office, and one governorship in Baja California. The PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) took eight of the thirteen capital cities at stake, Veracruz suffered violence at the polls and everywhere there were complaints and glitches reported about the computer-based vote counting program, […]

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“An explosion on 17 June produced an ash plume that rose more than 4 km, and ejected incandescent tephra [rock fragments] up to 2 km from the crater. Some of the high-temperature fallout caused small fires in grasslands on the flanks.” This is the description of Popocatépetl’s most recent activity from the Smithosonian’s Global Volcanism […]

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I discovered Mark Aitken’s film-in-progress, Dead When I Got Here, through Molly Molloy’s Frontera List and became a backer of his Kickstarter project. The filmmaker is seeking support to turn his hours of footage taken in a mental asylum run by its own patients outside Ciudad Juárez into a documentary film. In Aitken’s words: “In […]

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On Saturday, June 8, the mayor of Monterrey – the wealthiest city in Mexico and its third largest metropolitan area – announced at an event called “Monterrey Prays” that she “delivered” the city to Jesus Christ. Two young boys in white vestments accepted the keys to the city on the Lord’s behalf. “So that His […]

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The National Statistics and Geography Institute (INEGI) reported this week that inflation in Mexico hit 4.65% last month, the highest rate since September 2012. The inflation has been blamed mostly on rising food and transportation costs. Prices for produce and other food have been on a steady uphill climb since January, but last month the […]

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“IDP is short for ‘Internally Displaced Person’. Some 26 million people worldwide currently live in situations of internal displacement as a result of conflicts or human rights violations.They were forced to flee their homes because their lives were in danger, but unlike refugees they did not cross international borders.” This is from the website for […]

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