Tag Archives: Political

The Schizophrenic River

By Marcia Chaiken and Jan Chaiken

The current focus of Republican candidates in this U.S. presidential election year on the border between the U.S. and Mexico is nothing new. Ever since the mid-1800s when the Mexican state of Texas declared itself independent from Mexico and 10 years later was annexed by the U.S., border issues have led to such craziness that it literally drove a river schizophrenic. Continue reading The Schizophrenic River

New Trend, New Building: Huatulco’s First Home for the Elderly

Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 11.23.58 AMBy Deborah Van Hoewyk

As the first U.S. and Canadian baby boomers age through retirement—those born in 1945 are now 70—Mexico is jumping on the assisted living bandwagon, offering facilities, activities, and medical care at far more affordable rates than in the States, and somewhat more affordable than in Canada, but with way better weather! Puerto Vallarta, Lake Chapala, San Luis Potosí, Mexico City—all boast northern-style assisted living facilities that are marketed north of the border. Continue reading New Trend, New Building: Huatulco’s First Home for the Elderly

Plans for Mexico City’s New Airport

By Julie Etra

Mexico City’s airport is fast becoming obsolete and inefficient, and being a major Latin American hub for business and tourism, the government has been painfully aware of the need for a new, modern facility for years. And having just flown through Distrito Federal (D.F., Mexico City) on my way to Huatulco, I can personally attest to this need. Although Terminal 2 is not even a decade old, the existing facility has reached capacity and planning for the new airport goes back to the administration of Vicente Fox. Statistics show that in 2012 the Benito Juárez International Airport served a record 29.5 million passengers, by far the country’s busiest airport. The facility has outgrown its location and as has occurred in many circumstances elsewhere in the world, the city has grown up and around the airport since its construction in the 1920s. With only two poorly laid out runways, simultaneous takeoffs and landings are precluded, greatly limiting service. Continue reading Plans for Mexico City’s New Airport

The Zapotecs, Then and Now

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 3.51.33 PMBy Deborah Van Hoewyk

Once upon a time, the Cloud People lived in a great city on a hill that overlooked a fertile, Y-shaped valley in the cradle of high mountains. No one quite knows when or why the Cloud People came to be in the valley, but they built the great city when two groups came together, possibly for mutual protection. Legend says they called themselves the Cloud People because they were created by gods who lived in the clouds. There were also those who believed that humans sprang from jaguars, trees, or rocks. As time went on, they called themselves, in Nahuatl, tzapotēcah, the people who live where the sapote trees grow. Continue reading The Zapotecs, Then and Now

Violence against Women in Mexico

By Deborah Van Hoewyk

No one really cares

Rosa Diana Suárez Torres, a business administration student in her early twenties, spent the afternoon of New Year’s Eve in 2010 with her friends. Her boyfriend, Gilberto Campos García, called her to find out what she had been doing without him. She agreed to meet him in a park to discuss it. When her body was found, her face had been smashed purple and she had been stabbed 65 times. Gilberto fled. Authorities lost the evidence. Earlier complaints to authorities of Atizapán de Zaragoza, in the state of Mexico, had been dismissed. Only because Rosa Diana’s father José Diego Suárez Padilla unceasingly pursued the authorities, was Gilberto ever found and brought in. He would not admit to the crime of femicide, so he was not prosecuted. He was never questioned about earlier instances of abuse. Continue reading Violence against Women in Mexico

Women and Education in Mexico

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 1.59.07 PMBy Julie Etra

Women’s role in education in Mexico, as elsewhere in the world, has been a slow and difficult process, as students and as educators.

Until the 1930’s, during the Presidency of Porfirio Díaz, education for women was frowned upon and criticized, even by some women of the middle class, who considered that challenging the traditional economic dependency on men was synonymous with ‘feminism’. Continue reading Women and Education in Mexico

Tehuana Power

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 1.58.46 PMBy Deborah Van Hoewyk

What Frida Wore: Tehuanas in Charge?

Women. Mexico. Mexican women. What do you see? Maybe Frida Kahlo comes first to mind, maybe just something fuzzy that is not Mexican machismo. Despite the 2006 passage by the Mexican parliament of the General Act on Equality between Women and Men, which has heralded considerable improvement in male-female equality, genuine gender equity still has a way to go in Mexico. Continue reading Tehuana Power

Canada’s Visa Requirement for Mexicans Lingers Despite Critics

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 8.11.02 AMBy Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

It’s been almost five years since the Government of Canada imposed a visa requirement on Mexicans wishing to visit the country for either business or pleasure. Despite opening more visa application centers and providing for a more streamlined turnaround process, criticism persists. Every year, the country continues to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in travel, tourism and related revenue. Its reputation abroad, especially in Mexico, suffers as well. Continue reading Canada’s Visa Requirement for Mexicans Lingers Despite Critics