Heads of Spanish language academies meet in Mexico

dictionary_spanish_englishFox News Latino 11/23/2015

The 15th Congress of the Association of Spanish Language Academies was inaugurated Monday with words about the good health of the language and the need to continue exploring its diversity in order to keep strengthening it.

Taking part in the ceremony were the directors of the Royal Spanish Academy, Dario Villanueva, of the Mexican Academy, Javier Labastida, and the head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat, Rebeca Grynspan, among other dignitaries.

Villanueva emphasized the role of the Americas in developing Spanish, the world’s No. 2 language in terms of the number of native speakers.

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Mexico considers decriminalizing marijuana – thanks to U.S. example

11/2/2015 Fox News 

marijuana leafFor the last couple of years, Mexican legislator Fernando Belaunzarán has watched as millions of Americans in 24 states across the country have approved the legal use of marijuana – mostly as medicine but also for recreational use in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

As a deputy in the Congress, Belaunzarán has tried to get Mexico to do the same, but the country has stuck to laws banning the drug, although millions of tons of it is harvested in the country every year.

Only in recent months has the topic of legalization been taken up in earnest, discussed in courtrooms, in the corridors of power and in the mainstream media.

“We should have taken up [legalization] a while ago,” Belaunzarán told Fox News Latino. “Now we’ve done it poorly and late, while over [in the U.S.], there’s already an industry, companies that even send marijuana to this country through our porous border.”

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How one of the most obese countries on earth took on the soda giants

11/3/2015 The Guardian 

cocaMexicans love their soda. Construction workers go to their jobs in the early morning clutching giant two-litre or even three-litre bottles. Babies in strollers suck on bottles filled with orange soda. In thehighlands of Chiapas, Coca-Cola is considered to have magical powers and is used in religious rites.

In fact, Mexicans drink more soda than nearly anyone else in the world; their top three daily sources of calories in 2012 were all high-calorie drinks. Mexico also has by far the world’s highest death rate from chronic diseases caused by consumption of sugary drinks – nearly triple that of the runner-up, South Africa. In other words, excessive consumption of soda kills twice as many Mexicans as trade in the other kind of coke that Mexico is famous for.

But Mexico also loves the soda industry. Vicente Fox, who in 2000 became the country’s first democratically elected president, had earlier been president ofCoca-Cola Mexico and then head of the company’s Latin American operations. The symbolism was noteworthy: soda companies – particularly Coke, which controls 73% of the Mexican market (compared with only 42% in the US) – have amassed extraordinary influence over health policy in Mexico.

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Mexico Releases Entire Public File On Missing 43 Students Case

10/11/2015 The Huffington Post

15424774877_785a4e19a8_nThe Mexican Attorney General’s Office made public on Sunday the entire redacted file of its investigation into the case of the 43 missing students.

The move, first announced by Mexican Attorney General Arely Gómez last month, came in response to a flood of criticism from the victims’ families, local activists and international human rights groups over the Mexican government’s handling of what has become the country’s highest-profile human rights case.

The massive publication consists of 83 volumes and 13 appendices totaling more than 53,000 pages.

Mexican daily Milenio described the release of the file as “unprecedented,” saying the country had never opened such an important case to public scrutiny while the case remained open.

Much information from the public file has already been published by Mexican journalists who obtained the documents either through leaks or using Mexican transparency laws.

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Mexico Performs First Mass in Indigenous Nahuatl Language

churchABC News 10/13/2015

The first Mass conducted in Mexico’s most prominent indigenous language has been held in the country’s most important church.

Roman Catholic Bishop Felipe Arizmendi said during his homily Tuesday at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City that rather than accept and respect the culture of the country’s original peoples, they have been scorned.

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Pope Francis to visit Mexico in 2016, Vatican confirms

10/6/2015  The Guardian 


Pope Francis will travel to Mexico in 2016, a Vatican spokesman has confirmed, without specifying the trip’s dates.

Federico Lombardi confirmed a Mexican Televisa television report that the Argentinian pontiff will visit the country, where he will pray at the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.

While the programme is not yet known, Francis is expected to travel to an area on the border with the United States where migrants try to cross illegally – a gesture he is believed to have first considered during his recent America trip.

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Migration expert: Immigrants are fenced out of Mexico

8/13/15 El Daily Post

The Lago de las Monjas used to be a thriving lake but dried out a few decades ago. (Reason unclear.) will clarify
The Lago de las Monjas used to be a thriving lake but dried out a few decades ago. (Reason unclear.) will clarify

In the first Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump swore he’d build a wall to keep out Mexican migrants and his GOP rivals lined up to assure voters that they would “secure the border.” What these aspiring candidates neglected to mention is that the United States has already shoveled tens of billions of dollars into border security, to no avail. Billions more won’t magically turn a failed strategy, fraught with unintended consequences, into a successful one.

The United States is now 22 years into an unprecedented buildup of border enforcement resources: 21,000 Border Patrol agents, nearly 700 miles of various kinds of physical fences, a fleet of drones, high-tech electronic surveillance systems covering all major cities along the border, a gulag of immigration prisons to incarcerate apprehended migrants, and more.

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