Mexico Nabs Suspects With 10,000 Sea Turtle Eggs

August 22, 2014

08/21/14 ABC News

hands in handcuffsEnvironmental prosecutors in Mexico say three suspects have been detained in the southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca with more than 10,000 illegally harvested eggs from protected sea turtles.

The Attorney General for Environmental Protection says in a statement Thursday that police found two women and a man with 10,375 olive ridley turtle eggs during a passenger bus inspection in the town of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec.

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Shoeless Mexico Indian Kids Win at Basketball

October 17, 2013

oaxaca3The New York Times, 10/17/2013

A team of Trique Indian boys swept through a youth basketball tournament despite their generally short stature and the fact that most play barefoot, earning acclaim in Mexico and abroad.

The team from the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca won all six of its games to become this year’s champions at the International Festival of Mini-Basketball held recently in Argentina.

For a remote Mexican village, hoop dreams carry kids far

October 16, 2013

bballThe Washington Post, 10/16/2013

No one is really sure who put up the first basketball hoop in Rio Venado. Big chutes of mud wash down the mountainsides when it rains, so it wouldn’t have been a good place for a soccer field anyway.

The town has five basketball courts today but only about 400 residents, most living in brown mud-brick huts along a steep dirt road. One court functions as Rio Venado’s town square, and it is where boys and girls learn the fundamentals of being an ethnic Triqui: speaking the Triqui language, wearing the elaborately woven huipil dress (for girls) and playing hoops, usually barefoot.

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Mexico Teacher’s Union Shows Political Clout

October 15, 2013

school-crossingThe Wall Street Journal, 10/13/2013

Tens of thousands of teachers are scheduled to return to school on Monday after their nearly-two-month strike shut out almost 1.3 million children in Oaxaca, setting the stage for violent clashes with parents who pledged to block their return.

During the teachers’ absence, parents, with help from teachers from a nonstriking union, opened dozens of schools in the poor southern state of Oaxaca, including one here at Mitla, a town that draws many tourists to its imposing pre-Columbian ruins.

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Mexico shocked as pregnant indigenous woman gives birth on lawn after clinic refuses entry

October 10, 2013

Baby feet by Flikr user sabianmaggyThe Washington Post, 10/09/2013

An indigenous woman squats in pain after giving birth, her newborn still bound by the umbilical cord and lying on the ground. It’s a photograph that horrified Mexicans because of where it took place: the lawn outside a medical clinic where the woman had been denied help, and it struck a nerve in a country where inequity is still pervasive.

The government of the southern state of Oaxaca announced Wednesday that it has suspended the health center’s director, Dr. Adrian Cruz, while officials conduct state and federal investigations into the Oct. 2 incident.

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Mexico arrest ‘dead’ mayor for allegedly faking death

July 25, 2013

OaxacaThe Washington Post, 7/25/2013

Prosecutors say they have arrested a man who faked his death to beat a rape charge, then later got elected mayor of a village in southern Mexico.

The Oaxaca state prosecutors’ office says Leninguer Carballido was arrested on charges of using fake documents and making false statements. Carballido was found late Tuesday hiding in a heavily fortified room at his family’s home on the outskirts of Oaxaca City. Carballido won July 7 elections for mayor of the village of San Agustin Amatengo.

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Mexico leftist party leader found slain in Oaxaca with elections looming

July 1, 2013

PRD logoAP, 6/28/2013

The leader of Mexico’s main leftist party in the southern state of Oaxaca has been found slain, little more than a week before local elections. The Oaxaca attorney general’s office said the body of Nicolas Estrada Merino, 32, was found Thursday in a sugar cane field near the city of Tuxtepec. It said in a statement that Estrada had three gunshot wounds to the head and that investigators are looking into the circumstances of his death.

The national leadership of his Democratic Revolution party, or PRD, condemned the killing and demanded that authorities speed the investigation. They would not say if they thought his killing was election-related. “I don’t want to say if this was political or party-related. We have to be cautious,” Miguel Barbosa, PRD coordinator in the federal Senate, said Friday. “Clearly we’re talking about a scenario of risk for those in politics. But it doesn’t help us right now … to make declarations that are going to provoke tension and fear among citizens who are going to have to express themselves through their votes on July 7.”

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