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Where Gringos Don’t Belong

July 28, 2015

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“Not right away, Jorge. Listen to me. Give her three days—three days at least if she doesn‟t call you. She‟s been through Hell—worse than Hell, she isn‟t herself, it‟s going to take time—a long time. All of them coming out—the women, that is—they‟re in shambles. You talked to Lucía, you heard. Help Pati, don‟t push […]

In Mexico Constuction and Embezzlement Go Hand in Hand

July 26, 2015

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From Hidden Dangers, Mexico on the Brink of Disaster Throughout Mexico legislators and governors campaign on the merits of past and future highways, bridges, agriculture, and potable water, the federal government includes financing in its budget projections, the money is appropriated, but all too often the projects never are implemented because of incomplete tramites (required […]

Looking at Mountains

July 17, 2015

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Looking at Mountains Robert Joe Stout With twenty or thirty others in San Juan Chijuqui’s stone-walled communal center, Cruz Vilchis and I listened to residents of that isolated mountain pueblo enumerate what porros of the neighboring village had done. There being no electricity and no windows the room was dark excerpt for an elongated strip […]

Hardrock Miners and Their Lives

July 15, 2015

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         “The Wife of the Jew” section of A Perfect Throw emerged from research that I was doing as a freelance journalist about Nevada and northern California nineteenth century history. I’d published accounts of Cornish and Welsh miners, Chinese railroad workers, beer making founded by German brewmasters, lumber ships, riverboats, pioneer schoolteachers—a variety of personal […]

Enrichment of the Few at the Expense of the Many

July 9, 2015

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Noam Chomsky revised the nineteenth century dictum “an intelligent minority has to govern an ignorant and meddlesome majority” by substituting “an elite technocracy” for “intelligent minority,” but he insisted that the same motives—enrichment of the few at the expense of the many—guided the neo-liberal oligarchs just as they had nineteenth century financial barons. Control of this […]