Police Attack

October 16, 2018

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“It was five o’clock in the morning [June 14]. Some people started shouting — they’d gotten warning calls on their cell phones. ‘Get up! Get up! The police are coming!’ I saw flashlights snap on. Then we heard the helicopters. They came in so low their big rotors sent things flying through the air. Then […]

Getting Places Safely

May 19, 2018

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Getting Places Safely Robert Joe Stout The Governor of the State of Mexico affirmed that the Church answers the call to preserve moral values. JENARO VILLAMIL I first encountered my double among a shuffle of priests, reporters and security guards fringing the auditorium where the Governor was addressing the national Council of Catholic Bishops. Mistaken […]

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Mexican Justice?

February 12, 2018

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Mexico’s repression of public protest has deepened with the passage of new laws granting the armed forces unlimited powers to reprimand, curtail and incriminate whoever they please. Military personnel have been involved in nearly a dozen massacres and mass arrests during the past ten years, one of which I wrote about in Where Gringos Don’t […]

El Gobierno Es Bullshit!

December 29, 2017

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“El gobierno es pura bullshit!” Using one of the few words in English that he’d learned as a migrant worker in northern California, the squat, muscular grandfather, resident of Unión Hidalgo, Oaxaca, gestured towards the rubble that had been the concrete block house he’d built. Like tens of thousands of others in southern part of […]

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After the Battle

December 25, 2017

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Oaxaca Allegre… Oaxaca Hermosa… Oaxaca Cultural… But Oaxaca was dead. Strangled by repression and corruption. And forgotten by the rest of Mexico. By the rest of the world. For those of us who live here the repression hasn’t ended even though nearly a decade has passed since “the Night of Horror” when over 4,000 Mexican […]

Wealth Rules

November 17, 2017

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Mexico’s presidents have manipulated the country’s economic policies to create millions of poor citizens and to support monopolies that ensure entrepreneurial wealth. In 1993 Carlos Salinas de Gortari confronted the country’s financial crisis and tumbling peso-to-the-dollar rate by assembling twenty-nine of Mexico’s wealthiest and most successful magnates and asserting that those assembled, being highly successful […]

Pinche Ghost Lives

October 27, 2017

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“Mira!” Erika wagged a slim forefinger toward vendors, gawkers, and ice cream-smeared toddlers moving through the city of Oaxaca’s central plaza as she turned to face me. “You think you’re seeing people but they’re not people, they’re ghosts!” Erika had taught high school for nearly thirty years and was a member of the state teachers’ union. She had […]

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