US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 The Guardian

dictionary_spanish_englishThe United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, according to a new study published by the prestigious Instituto Cervantes.

The report says there are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US plus a further 11.6 million who are bilingual, mainly the children of Spanish-speaking immigrants. This puts the US ahead of Colombia (48 million) and Spain (46 million) and second only to Mexico (121 million).

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Mexico Won’t Be Sending Anyone To Miss Universe Pageant After Donald Trump’s Comments

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Huffington Post

beauty queen crownMEXICO CITY, June 29 (Reuters) – Mexico will not send a contestant to this year’s Miss Universe pageant after part owner and TV personality Donald Trump made comments insulting Mexicans, Mexican broadcaster Televisa said on Monday.
Televisa and former Miss Universe Lupita Jones organize a pageant to select a Mexican candidate for the contest.
U.S. broadcaster NBC has also said it would no longer air the pageant after Trump described migrants from Mexico as drug-runners and rapists. Trump made the comments when he announced earlier this month he was seeking the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Thousands of Mexican Teachers Protest Against Education Reform

June 26, 2015

6/24/15 teleSUR

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Thousands of dissident teachers took to the streets of Mexico City Wednesday, declaring a 24-hour strike to protest against the education reform promoted by President Enrique Peña Nieto. The protest follows a decision taken recently by the country’s Supreme Court which declared the reform and the controversial teacher evaluation tests to be constitutional. The evaluation is the main source of anger from the CNTE teachers’ union, which is an alternative to the mainstream national union SNTE. The teleSUR Correspondent in Mexico, Eduardo Matinez, reported that at least 10,000 teachers have joined the strike, adding that other sections of the country have taken part in the protest for the first time. Today’s march started in the capital’s Revolution Monument, before going to the Senate and concluding at a rally in the Secretariat for Public Education (SEP) headquarters.

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A false war fades: the end of Brazil-Mexico rivalry?

June 11, 2015

6/10/15 Financial Times – beyondbrics

Flag-Pins-Mexico-BrazilFor much of the past two decades, Brazil and Mexico seemed at times to be on a collision course. Diplomats from Latin America’s two largest nations were often preoccupied, if not obsessed, with a competition for an elusive role as regional leaders and players in the post-Cold War shifting global scene. The 2013 battle for the post of director general at the World Trade Organization, won by Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevêdo over Mexican Herminio Blanco, a former trade minister, left plenty of hurt feelings. Ironically, the dispute for influence also led to convergence. The 2011 creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations (CELAC), proposed by Mexico to affirm its Latin American identity and counter a perceived Brazilian effort to separate it from the region, was warmly embraced in Brasília as a way project leadership by promoting formats that excluded the US.

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Juan Felipe Herrera, From Farm Fields to Poet Laureate

June 10, 2015

06/10/15 NY Times

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The Library of Congress is to announce on Wednesday that Juan Felipe Herrera, a son of migrant farmworkers whose writing fuses wide-ranging experimentalism with reflections on Mexican-American identity, will be the next poet laureate.

The appointment is the nation’s highest honor in poetry and also something of a direct promotion for Mr. Herrera, who was poet laureate of California from 2012 to 2014.

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ManattJones Global Strategies Applauds President Obama’s Nomination Of Roberta Jacobson As Ambassador To Mexico

June 10, 2015

6/9/15 Market Watch

Department of State ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC, an international consulting firm supporting U.S. companies and investors doing business in Mexico, applauds and fully endorses President Obama’s nomination of Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson as the nation’s next ambassador to Mexico.

“Roberta is an outstanding choice to be our next ambassador to Mexico,” saidMichael C. Camuñez, president and CEO, ManattJones Global Strategies, a former assistant secretary of commerce in the Obama administration who helped lead the administration’s commercial engagement with Mexico from 2010 through 2013. “Nobody understands the importance of the strategic relationship between the United States and Mexico better than Roberta, who has spent a significant part of her career working to strengthen bilateral economic, commercial and security ties.”

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Greater cultural exchange and new understanding between countries

June 5, 2015

06/05/15 Andrew Selee/ Zocalo

In a spectacular glass-paneledfolk art - community building high above Tijuana, Javier Plascencia and his associates mix an assortment of locally grown avocados, beans, corn, and chilis and turn them into creative concoctions that dazzle the eye and the palate at the same time. He is at the forefront of a new culinary movement that has taken Tijuana by storm, gradually transforming the image of a gritty city once known more for its low-end bars, painted donkeys, and gunfights in the streets. Today, tourists from Southern California are more likely to visit the city to sample one of its innovative restaurants, its craft breweries, or the locally grown wines from the Guadalupe Valley just south of Tijuana than to spend the night dancing and drinking in a bar.

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