November 02, 2011
November 2 marks the Day of the Dead, the holiday observed by people in Mexico and the country’s ever-expanding diaspora to remember friends, family, and loved ones—or individuals with whom one identifies—who have passed way. It is on days such as this that many visit cemeteries in places like...
November 01, 2011
On these first two days of November, sometimes called the Day of All Saints and the Day of the Loyal Dead, many Mexicans bring offerings (ofrendas) to “our dead”—relatives, friends, and sympathetic public figures who have died within living memory. This year, small groups around the country...
October 31, 2011
Regional elections were held across Colombia yesterday. Voters elected 1103 mayors and municipal council members, and 32 governors. However, at least eight of the newly elected governors—from the electoral districts of Córdoba, Cesar, North Santander, Santander, Guajira, Sucre, Casanare and...
October 28, 2011
In a stunning political reversal, President Evo Morales signed a new law this week prohibiting construction of the highway previously championed by his government through the TIPNIS national park and indigenous territory. The event marked a historic victory for lowland indigenous groups who marched...
October 26, 2011
At an event at George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute last week Daniel Brito, of the Drug Policy Alliance, asked keynote speaker General Barry McCaffrey if there was complicity between the Mexican government and the Sinaloa Cartel—the Mexican drug trafficking organization...
October 25, 2011
Just a few days after President Felipe Calderón, in an interview with New York Times reporters, excoriated the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for wanting to pact and dialogue with Mexico’s drug traffickers (a charge PRIistas vigorously deny), his position was undermined by a...