Browsing All posts tagged under »Mexico«

Kill the Teachers!

May 24, 2019


It happened abruptly, in southern Mexico: It was five o’clock in the morning. 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 […]

Robert Joe Stout Interviewed by Kevin Cooper

October 25, 2015


Kev’s Author Interviews Presents…      Robert Joe Stout                          Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico              A Short Bio        Author and journalist. Previous books about Mexico include Hidden Dangers, The Blood of the Serpent: Mexican Lives and Why Immigrants Come to America in addition to articles, reports, essays and creative nonfiction in dozens […]

It Was the Government!

August 8, 2015


Great play has been given to assassinations and lethal confrontations among competing drug cartels in Mexico but among the most the notorious killings are those perpetrated by Mexico’s federal and state governments, sometimes in collusion with criminal organizations. Increased citizen disapproval of police and military involvement in killings and disappearances has triggered greater repression. Only […]


August 6, 2015


When I was in the Air Force we commonly used the expression SNAFU—situation normal, all fucked up—to describe everything from conflicting orders of the day to mess hall meals. The abnormal was normal; if shit could happen, it happened. No matter how much one strived to get things right, to get things done, gremlins interfered. […]

Where Gringos Don’t Belong

July 28, 2015


“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


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


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 […]

Enrichment of the Few at the Expense of the Many

July 9, 2015


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 […]

Where Gringos Don’t Belong (Excerpt)

June 2, 2015


As María Sal draped one of the shawls over her shoulder Claudi announced, “Okay, cabroncito, your turn,” and pushed towards George the last two unwrapped gifts visible on the table. “Híjole!” he gasped, colors swirling in front of him. Slowly he turned the bright imagist acrylic-on-silk painting for the others to see. It was signed […]

Where Gringos Don’t Belong (excerpt)

May 20, 2015


The woman at the end of the table jerked her head towards the lawyers as though she’d just been slapped. Slightly built, sharp featured, intense, she’d worked for a travel agency in the Centro Historico that George noticed hadn’t reopened since the Night of Horror. “Authorities? Yes. Several of us tried to dodge around the […]