Cuban history lies behind an old door in Mexico City

11/29/16 USA Today

Fidel_Castro.jpgThe morning after Fidel Castro died, it was quiet outside the Mexico City building where the revolutionary once hid and plotted his return to Cuba, where he led an insurrection that would begin one of the longest grips on political power in modern times.

A few local reporters stopped by the building, at 49 José de Emparán Street, and took pictures of the small plaque commemorating the spot where Castro and Ernesto “Ché” Guevara first met in July 1955. The plaque was installed in 2014. The wall around it was spruced up, repainted dark orange, but other than that the two-story building is run down, with black bars over the windows.

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Second pyramid found inside Kukulkan at Chichen Itza in Mexico

11/18/16 CNN

download (8).jpgScientists have found a second pyramid hidden deep within the Kukulkan pyramid at the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico.

Researchers announced the discovery Wednesday of a pyramid 10 meters tall (33 feet) inside two other structures that make up the pyramid also known as El Castillo, or the Castle.

17 photos of Mexico’s breathtaking Day of the Dead festival

11/3/16 Business Insider

1024px-alfeniques_or_sugar_fuguresEl Día de los Muertos (or the Day of the Dead) started on Tuesday, November 1 and ended a day later.

For the holiday, families across Mexico gather in cemeteries and public squares to honor their deceased loved ones in traditional costumes and makeup.

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NEW PUBLICATION | Bilingual, Bicultural, Not Yet Binational: Undocumented Immigrant Youth in Mexico & the United States

jill-anderson-coverBy Jill Anderson

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An entire generation of children, adolescents and young adults has been caught in the crucible of increasing criminalization of immigrants coupled with neoliberal globalization policies in Mexico and the United States. These are first- and second-generation immigrant youth who are bicultural, often bilingual, but rarely recognized as binational citizens in either of their countries. Since 2005, an estimated two million Mexicans have returned to Mexico after having lived in the United States, including over 500,000 U.S.-born children. As of 2005, the population of Mexican-origin immigrant youth in the United States (first- and second-generation) reached an estimated 6.9 million. They have come of age in conditions of extreme vulnerability due to their undocumented status or the undocumented status of their parents.

The challenges that immigrant youth face in the aftermath of deportation and return are varied. Emotional distress, post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression and alienation are commonly described as key factors during the first months to years of return. These young people have experienced family separation, a sense of alienation, and human rights violations during detention and deportation. Systemic and inter-personal discrimination against deportees and migrants among the non-migrant population in Mexico can make an already challenging situation more difficult. For some, an accent, a lack of language proficiency in Spanish, and/or tattoos make it difficult to “blend in,” find jobs, or continue their studies. In addition to emotional and socio-cultural stress, there are also facing systemic educational, employment and political barriers to local integration and stability.

This paper examines the phenomenon of binational immigrant youth and, in the interest of constructing a binational agenda that privileges the human security and socio-economic integration of immigrant youth in the United States and Mexico in the short- and long-term, proposes a list of binational public policy recommendations.

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Only a Fraction of Mexico’s Stolen Cultural Antiquities Are Recovered

11/3/16 InSight Crime

Chupicuaro_statuette_Louvre_70-1998-3-1.jpgMexico has had poor results in recuperating stolen cultural antiquities. There are deficiencies in both the registration of these thefts and a lack of coordination among the authorities to preserve the items. The trafficking of items of cultural heritage is an activity that cuts across countries, and connects antique dealers and politicians in Buenos Aires to narcos in Guatemala, to collectors in Mexico, to diplomats in Peru and Costa Rica. This special, involving five journalistic teams, reveals the illicit international market for objects stolen from temples, public museums, and private collections. It is the first piece of investigative journalism that examines the trafficking of cultural objects. It utilizes a massive amount of data constituting the first database in Latin America of stolen cultural objects.

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The sweet side of Mexico’s Day of the Dead

11/1/16 BBC News

2988545640_7863dffa01_bDay of the Dead is one of Mexico’s biggest celebrations when families remember those who have passed away.

The first of November is known as Day of the Innocents and is dedicated to children who have died, while 2 November is dedicated to adults who have died.

On both days families visit graveyards and decorate tombs with marigolds, the traditional flower of the Day of the Dead.

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In Mexico, Day of the Dead meets Halloween

10/30/16 Los Angeles Times

2988545640_7863dffa01_bMexico’s beloved grande dame of death, a stylishly attired skeleton named La Catrina, her grinning skull topped with trademark hat, has company in the market stands here: Hollywood extraterrestrials, Batman and other superheroes, along with sundry witches and monsters.

Ratas baratas! Diez pesos!” announces a vendor holding a bundle of plastic rodents by their long tails, each selling for 10 pesos, or just over 50 U.S. cents. “Cheap rats!”

In Mexico, customs originating in Europe and the indigenous world often meld in a surprisingly seamless fashion.

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