Thousands flock to Mexico City streets for Pokemon Go

08/21/2016 Reuters

pokemon.jpgThousands gathered in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park on Sunday (August 21) to play Pokemon Go and celebrate the worldwide app phenomenon.

Mexicans of all ages, some in costume, descended on the park early in the day, phones and tablets in hand, ready to capture Pokemons.

Pokemon player Julio Cesar said he wasn’t a fan at first.

“When the app came out, the truth is that I spoke very badly of it as did those who play conventional video games. But I had the chance to try it and it is very addictive and I like it a lot and I see that it can bring people together to meet each other,” he said.

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Tough Love for Latin America’s Drug Barons and Beauty Queens

08/12/16 InSight Crime 

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

The recent murder of a beauty pageant director inMexico draws attention to the long history of star-crossed romantic pairings involving two kinds of individuals Latin America is famous for: drug traffickers and beauty queens.

Media outlets frequently call these women “trophy wives” or say they have been “seduced” by the lure of money and fame that comes with drug trafficking. But in some cases, that narrative may be too simplistic. While there is certainly no denying that Latin American drug trafficking is saturated in “machismo” culture, it’s also worth noting that some beauty queens became significant underworld figures in their own right.

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U.S. Congress expresses concern for Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis in a Letter to Secretary John Kerry

8/11/2016  Congress of the United States

August 9, 2016

The Honorable John Kerry

Secretary of State

2201 C Street, NW

Washington, DC 20520

Dear Mr. Secretary:

We write to express our concern about the ongoing human rights crisis in Mexico and the continuing lack of justice for thousands of victims. We urge you to put strenghtening the rule of law and defending human rights at the top of our bilateral agenda with Mexico. Given the significant U.S. support for Mexico’s security forces, we remained troubled by the 27,000 unresolved cases of people who have dissapeared in Mexico since 2007, and the slow pace of reform in the military, law enforcement, and justice sectors. Finally, as detailed in a recent Amnesty International report, Mexico’s persistent use of torture in criminal investigations is particularly disturbing. We encourage you to raise with Mexican authorities the importance of respecting human rights, completing competent investigations, and bringing to justice those who violate human rights.

Read the full letter. 



Mexico launches a nationwide campaign against sexting

08/10/16 Fusion

3675347973_440c9d3482_oMexicans are being reminded to think twice before they send out photos of their 🍆 and 🍑.

The Mexican government has teamed up with several children’s rights organizations to launch a nationwide campaign against “sexting,” the practice of sending and receiving sexually explicit messages and/or images on mobile phones.

The term “sexting” originally described the exchange of sexual text messages, but the rapid rise of smartphone technology has broadened the definition to include all types of media—from videos to emojis to GIFs to Snapchats.

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Picking Tobacco Under an Unforgiving Sun in Mexico

08/09/16 The New York Times

Tobacco_field_cuba1.jpgCésar Rodríguez wanted to be a photographer, but fear and self-doubt proved overwhelming. Instead, he threw himself into setting up a chocolate shop in his Mexican town, Tepic. It did well, letting him forget about photography.

Or so he thought.

Five years into running his store, a picture he submitted on a whim to a contest — of cliff divers in Acapulco — got him noticed. He thought he could finally go back to shooting, maybe even trekking to remote places to come up with the kind of lush, romantic shots he had grown up seeing in National Geographic. But why?

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Mexico City behaving badly: one man’s crusade to end poor civic habits

08/06/16 The Guardian 

7365569870_a1aa813d48_oUntil recently, Arne Aus den Ruthen roamed one of Mexico City’s more affluent boroughs on the lookout for bad civic behaviour, broadcasting it on Periscope to an outraged population. He exposed people parking on sidewalks, tossing bags of trash out into the street and dumping pylons, bricks and buckets in the street to save parking spots.

He even confronted bodyguards blocking a wheelchair access ramp with their SUVs and refusing to move – only to discover they were waiting for a member of the president’s inner circle to finish a workout at a nearby gym.

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How Do Texans Beat the Heat? With Water From Mexico

08/04/2016 The New York Times

topo chico.jpgHOUSTON — Anyone who has survived a summer in Texas will tell you the heat has heft. It pushes back when you try to move through it, squeezes sweat from pores you didn’t know you had and leaves your mouth so dry you could strike a match on your tongue.

For relief, natives and pretenders (talking about you, Brooklyn transplants in your boots and bolo ties) reach for an ice-cold Topo Chico, a Mexican sparkling water with an effervescence as aggressive as the summer heat is oppressive.