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The War on Drugs

December 19, 2013

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(in response to a university student’s request for my opinions) Opinions? Basically, in my opinion there are too many opinions and not enough facts. That being said I believe that the groundwork for any policies has to begin with an unprejudicial examination of the conditions that actually exist and an understanding of how they came […]

Santa Cruz Amilpas, Oaxaca

December 19, 2013

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The old highway, now primarily an alternate route into the city of Oaxaca for truck traffic, divides the older section of this outlying pueblo from a 1980s government-financed residential compound. Residents on both sides of the highway awaken to gradually more persistent brumping and vibrating as two-trailered vehicles lurch across speed bumps and accelerate for […]

El Hombrecito

December 1, 2013

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         The child, they said, was old enough to collect leña—kindling—from the rugged Chiapas hillsides and to mount and ride a burro. His peasant parents called him “hombrecito”—“little man”—and trusted him to care for the few chickens and goats that provided the family with sustenance. One moonless night, awakened by the barking of dogs, he […]