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May 30, 2014


  Men young and old from impoverished towns in the Valley of Oaxaca and from the drought-stricken mountainous Mixteca congregate on streetcorners or vacant lots in the city of Oaxaca hoping a truck or pickup will swing past and the driver or his passenger will hop and shout “Cuatro, I can use four!” and jab […]

Do the United States and Mexico Really Want the Drug War to Succeed?

May 29, 2014


In many respects, the drug organizations operating in Mexico exemplify what “free enterprise” is about: developing and marketing a product that satisfies willing consumers. Their armed components make their competition deadlier than competitors in other industries, but their methods of operation duplicate those of legitimate corporations: they seek (or buy) government support, network a well-organized […]

AIDS in Mexico: Not a Disease?

May 1, 2014


“In Mexico, AIDS is not a disease.” The smile creasing the young mother’s face seems more of a grimace than a statement motivated by humor as she peers through the window that overlooks a narrow cobblestone street in the city of Oaxaca barrio of Xochimilco. Turning back towards me, she states unequivocally, “It is a […]