In Mexico, Narco Films vs. Narco Reality

07/23/2016 The New York Times

filmMexico City — It was a television executive’s nightmare: Not only was someone threatening to sue over a TV series, but that person was reputedly the biggest drug trafficker on the planet and the head of a cartel behind a long string of mass executions and torture videos.

The first sign of trouble came in May, after Netflix and Univision released a trailer for their series “El Chapo,” based on the imprisoned Mexican kingpin Joaquín Guzmán. The trafficker’s lawyer announced through various media outlets that he would go to court if his client’s name and story were used without payment. “The señor” — Mr. Guzmán — “has not died. He is not a character in the public domain. He is alive. He has to grant them permission,” the lawyer, Andrés Granados, told a Mexican radio station.

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HBO is giving Mexico its first late night satirical news show, but will Mexicans laugh?

07/21/2016 Fusion

chumelHBO Latin America has tapped one of Mexico’s most famous YouTubers to star in the country’s first late night satirical news show which will premiere this Friday.

The cable entertainment giant is betting that Chumel Torres, a former blogger turned Mexican social media celebrity who’s best known for co-writing and hosting the YouTube show El Pulso de la República (The Pulse of the Republic), can become the next John Oliver with his own brand of humor satirizing Mexico and Latin America’s current events and many foibles.

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That Green Square (or Circle) in Mexico City Might Save Your Life

07/21/2016 The New York Times

Punto_de_reunionThey are all over Mexico City, mainly on sidewalks but occasionally in the middle of the street: green rectangles and circles, as small as a window fan or as large as a trampoline, each with four white arrows directed toward a white dot in the center.

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The Artists Using the US-Mexico Border as a Blank Canvas

06/29/2016 Vice

usmexborder.jpgThe centerpiece of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, that big wall on the Mexican border, can feel like an abstraction. When he says he wants to put up a wall, he means he wants to keep fear at bay, to protect some people’s idea of America. A literal wall makes little sense for two obvious reasons: One, it would be incredibly difficult to build; and two, we already have a wall.

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Retiring To Mexico: The Transition To Expat Life Is Easy At Lake Chapala

06/27/2017 The Huffington Post

chapalaOne of the most accommodating and charming places we’ve lived in our years abroad is on the north shore of Lake Chapala. In Mexico’s central highlands, this area is the most popular overseas retirement destination for U.S. and Canadian expats, and it’s been so for nearly 100 years.

About an hour south of Guadalajara (Mexico’s second-largest city and just about in the middle of the country) Lake Chapala is Mexico’s largest freshwater lake. The international airport at Guadalajara, halfway between the city and the lake, is less than a 30-minute drive away, and offers direct flights to at least 14 cities in the States, 21 cities in Mexico, as well as to Panama City, Panama.

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ASU professor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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06/10/2016 Arizona State University


Alfredo Corchado, a Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is receiving one of the highest honors from the region’s leading Latino journalism organization.

The California Chicano News Media Association is presenting Corchado with a Career Achievement Award for his 30-plus year career covering the border for news organizations such as The Dallas Morning News and his best-selling book “Midnight in Mexico.”

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Mexico’s Pemex on alert for any new road blockades at top refinery

06/22/2016 Reuters

pemexRowdy teacher protests in southern Mexico have caused delays and bottlenecks in transporting fuel from the country’s top refinery in Salina Cruz, and state oil giant Pemex is on alert for new roadblocks, a company official said on Wednesday.

Blockades on Tuesday caused long lines of tanker trucks unable to transport fuels for hours.

Late last week, Pemex warned that road blockades by protesters could cause the facility’s storage tanks to reach their limits and potentially force the company to shut the refinery, Pemex’s biggest with a capacity to process 330,000 barrels of crude per day.

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