Is Mexico Ready For Gay Marriage?

10/19/16 The Huffington Post

LGBT Rights MexicoMexico is in the midst of a public debate on gay marriage that has focused on ‘traditional family values’.

In September, some 100 cities in all 32 Mexican states hosted a so-called “March for the Family“ – protests against a proposal to legalise gay marriage. Estimates vary, but according to the National Front for Family, the coalition of civil society organisations and religious groups that organised the march, more than a million people participated; other sources place the number in the hundreds of thousands.

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World’s First Indigenous Poetry Festival Launches in Mexico

10/17/2016 Telesur

The world’s first Indigenous poetry festival launches in Mexico Monday, bringing together 80 poets from five continents and 30 languages to celebrate Indigenous knowledge and love for the Mother Earth.

The inaugural theme, “Voices of Color for Mother Earth,” aims to share different Indigenous cosmologies on the natural world to “keep alive their traditions, their language, but above all their creativity and vision of the world that will surely be increasingly present in the enormous changes the world is experiencing,” said president of the National Council for Culture and the Arts Rafael Tovar.

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‘RiseUp AS ONE’ concert bridges U.S.-Mexico border

10/15/2016 The San Diego Union-Tribune

Their voices rising in English and Spanish, an all-star cast of performers called for building bridges -not walls- during a Saturday concert in San Diego by the U.S. border.

The outdoor concert, called “RiseUp AS ONE,” was a celebration of immigration, cultural diversity and Latin identity- and a call for political participation- before an audience of 15,000 people gathered as the sun went down by the border fence in Otay Mesa.

The message reached a far broader audience, as the concert was broadcast live nationally and streamed worldwide by the event’s hosts, the Spanish-language television network Univision and Fusion, a cable channel and digital platform aimed at English-speaking millennials.

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In Attacking Carlos Slim After Times Reports, Trump Invokes Mexico, Again

10/14/2016 NBC News

Blame it on Mexicans and Mexico, again.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim was involved in the publication of New York Times articles about women who have come out and alleged Trump made unwanted sexual advances.

“The largest shareholder in the Times is Carlos Slim. Now Carlos Slim, as you know, comes from Mexico,” he said Friday. “He’s given many millions of dollars to the Clintons and their initiative. So Carlos Slim, largest donor of the paper, from Mexico.”

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Mexico’s TV Giveaway Spawns Questions

09/29/2016 The Wall Street Journal 

typing on computer keyboardMEXICO CITY—Mexico, long considered a free-market bastion in Latin America, recently carried out one of the region’s biggest government giveaways: a $1.3 billion program to hand out close to 10.5 million flat-screen television sets to the country’s poor.

The government touted the program, aimed at low-income mothers, senior citizens and other welfare recipients, as a model of social inclusion and the best way to push the country forward from analog signals into the digital age. The number of televisions given away was equal to twice the sets Mexicans normally buy in a single year.

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Mexicans march for gay marriage after opponents rally

09/12/16 BBC News

gay pride flagSupporters of gay and lesbian rights marched to Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral in response to protests on Saturday opposing same-sex marriage.

Demonstrators carried banners saying “I respect your family, respect mine.”

The cardinal of Mexico City, Norberto Rivera Carrera, denied the Catholic church was behind the protests in cities across the country.

In May, President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed a bill which would legalise same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Mexico’s new finance minister spurns Donald Trump

09/08/16 Reuters

15851765709_8511a4809c_oMexico’s new finance minister on Thursday delivered a stern reproach to Donald Trump, saying the only thing he agreed on with the U.S. Republican presidential candidate was that his predecessor in the ministry was an excellent public servant.

The comments follow the resignation of Luis Videgaray as finance minister on Wednesday after he came under fire for Trump’s visit to Mexico City last week, which Mexican diplomats said he was instrumental in arranging.

Trump has infuriated Mexicans with a series of broadsides against the United States’ southern neighbor, and his hastily arranged visit to meet President Enrique Pena Nieto a week ago sparked heavy criticism of the government.

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