Mexico: Builders bulldozing outskirts of Teotihuacan ruins


Source: Associated Press

The Mexican government said Tuesday that a private building project is destroying part of the outskirts of the pre-Hispanic ruin site of Teotihuacán, just north of Mexico City.

The Culture Department said it has repeatedly issued stop-work orders since March but the building crews have ignored them. The department estimated at least 25 ancient structures on the site are threatened, and it has filed a criminal complaint against those responsible.


Child labour in Mexico

08/20/16 Al Jazeera

education - school children“Education for everyone” has been a popular slogan since the Mexican revolution over 100 years ago.

But according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, eight out of 100 Mexican children who enroll in elementary school, do not show up for classes.

While barely 50 complete middle school, 20 graduate from high school, 13 get a bachelor’s degree, and only two become graduate students.

A study released by UNESCO last year says the children who don’t attend school are mostly working. The report reveals that at least 21 percent of all Mexican youth between the ages of seven and 14 drop out of school – that’s around 651,000 children.

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Sites in Japan, Turkey, Mexico, Uruguay inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, extension of Spanish site approved

07/06/15 UNESCO World Heritage Centre

youth holding globeThe World Heritage Committee this afternoon approved the inscription of four cultural sites on the World Heritage List: Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining in Japan, Ephesus in Turkey, Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System in Mexico, and Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape in Uruguay. The Committee also approved the extension of Spain’s Routes of Santiago de Compostela with the addition of the “Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain”.

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U.N. urges Mexico to probe murder of citizen journalist

10/27/14 Fox Latino News

justice - lawThe head of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Monday urged Mexico to investigate the murder of citizen journalist Maria del Rosario Fuentes. “It is important that the authorities do all in their power to bring those responsible for the killing of Ms Fuentes Rubio to justice, as this could help strengthen media independence and the right of information,” Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement. Fuentes Rubio, a physician, was kidnapped Oct. 15 after leaving work at a clinic in Reynosa, a city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, which has long been a battleground for rival drug cartels.

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Among 108 countries, Mexico is second to last in reading (Spanish)

Books by Flikr user Rodrigo GalindezProceso, 4/23/2013

From the 108 nations listed in  UNESCO’s reading index, Mexico ranks second to last.

On average, Mexicans read 2.8 books a year, and only 2% of the population has the lifelong habit of reading. This compares Germany where an average of 12 books are read by the average person.

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Mexico axes Baja resort over environmental fears

BBC, 6/15/12

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he is cancelling the construction of a huge tourist resort in Baja California over concerns it could damage a nearby marine reserve.

Speaking from his official residence, President Calderon said that “because of its size we have to be absolutely certain that it wouldn’t cause irreversible damage, and that absolute certainty simply hasn’t been proved”.

The head of the WWF environmental group in Mexico, Omar Vidal, said that it sent “an important message to Mexican and international investors that this type of tourist development based on mass scale and golf courses is no longer acceptable in Mexico”.

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Mexico falls in UNESCO Education Index and Oaxaca Teachers Suspend Classes (in Spanish)

schoolMexico fell five spots in the Education for All Index from UNESCO, which focuses on primary education. Mexico is now 53rd place in the ranking of 129 countries. Of the aspects included in the index, Mexico fared worst in the criterion of quality, at 63rd place (See article by Reforma).

Meanwhile, primary school teachers in Oaxaca suspended class yesterday for a commemorative meeting of the clash with federal police two years ago. More than one million children were left without classes.

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