‘Roma,’ ‘Cold War’ among foreign-language Oscar nominees

1/22/2019 – The Washington Post

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By The Associated Press

LONDON — Films from Mexico, Poland, Lebanon, Japan and Germany are competing in the Academy Awards race for best foreign-language film.

Five nominees announced Tuesday include Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexican memory masterpiece, “Roma,” Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white period drama “Cold War” and Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki’s child-poverty drama “Capernaum.”

Also in the running are “Shoplifters,” the story of a family on society’s margins by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, and German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s artist biopic “Never Look Away.”

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As the immigration debate rages, she quietly counts the dead along the border — and memorializes them with quilts

10/31/2018 – Washington Post

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The enormous migrant caravan of people currently walking day and night toward the U.S.-Mexico border, some with baby strollers, has added fuel to the country’s raging immigration debate as President Trump called it an “invasion” of Central Americans, and announced he is sending U.S. troops and razor wire to the border.

But for Jody Ipsen, an American woman who lives near the border, the immigration issue is much more quiet and somber. For more than a decade, Ipsen has been keeping track of how many people die on their journey into the United States, and she memorializes them in quilts, then tours the quilts around the country.

“It’s an emotionally charged project — I feel like I’ve been living in grief for the past 11 years,” said Ipsen. “Still, it’s so important to humanize these people.”

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Mexico honors migrants at Day of the Dead as caravan treks north

10/29/2018 – Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico City dedicated its Day of the Dead parade on Saturday to migrants, just as thousands of Central Americans were trekking from the country’s southern border toward the United States under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to disband.

In an a twist on the traditional dancing skeletons and marigold-adorned altars making their way down the capital’s main thoroughfare, the parade also referenced Mexicans who emigrated as well as foreigners who settled in the capital.

“The parade… is dedicated to migrants, who in their transit to other countries have lost their lives, and who in their passing through the country have contributed to a true ‘Refuge City,’” the Mexico City government said on Twitter.

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Mexican radio host Carmen Aristegui to return to airwaves

09/28/2018 – The Washington Post 

21925977329_1875391f93_kThe crusading journalist who once led Mexico’s top-rated radio news broadcast has got her own radio program again, 3 ½ years after she was fired after reporting about the president’s mansion.

Journalist Carmen Aristegui will broadcast a three-hour morning program for Grupo Radio Centro starting Oct. 17.

Aristegui was fired from MVS Radio in March 2015, a few months after publishing a report that President Enrique Pena Nieto had purchased a house with financing from a frequent government contractor.

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Mexican gov’t agency says 1968 massacre was a ‘state crime’

09/25/2018 – The Washington Post 

3928405577_d7ef320868_bFor the first time, a Mexican government body acknowledged on Monday that the massacre of student protesters at the capital’s Plaza of the Three Cultures on Oct. 2, 1968, was a “state crime.”

Jaime Rochin, head of the Executive Commission for Attention to Victims, said the government used “snipers who fired to create chaos, terror and an official narrative to criminalize” anti-government demonstrations. He said this was “a state crime that continued beyond Oct. 2 with arbitrary arrests and torture.”

A specialized prosecutor’s office was opened in 2002 to try to ascertain what happened. It filed charges against former President Luis Echeverria, who as interior secretary in 1968 was in charge of policing, but a tribunal exonerated him in 2007.

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A Year After Deadly Mexico Quake, Some Still Wait to Return Home

09/19/2018 – The New York Times

adult-architecture-black-and-white-735833.jpgA year after a devastating earthquake struck Mexico City and killed dozens of people, Guadalupe Padilla is still waiting to return to her home.

The 60-year-old security guard has lived in a wooden shack in a park facing the now-empty apartment block where she spent three decades of her life.

Padilla is one of hundreds of people in the capital who have been unable to return to their homes, according to Reuters interviews with over a dozen people left homeless by the quake.

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Turning waste into bioplastics, Mexico strikes green gold

09/12/2018 – Reuters 

photo-1529972984645-5e5fec186e90Tequila, avocado and corn are proving their worth beyond Mexican fiesta staples as key components for a fast-growing bioplastics market, with companies transforming waste from processing food crops into products such as bags, plates and even car parts.

Bioplastics make up less than 5 percent of the millions of tonnes of plastic produced each year around the world.

But as governments and consumers fret about the damage plastic is doing to the world’s oceans, scientists are experimenting by converting materials from cactus to shrimp shells and human waste into alternative greener plastics

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