Mexico

La Santa Muerte: Inmates’ New Friend

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 14:45

Over the last 15 years, the cult of La Santa Muerte (St. Death) has attracted a remarkable number of followers in Mexico and the USA. Considered a sacred female personification of death by her devotees, she has been the object of global curiosity since it first became public in 2001 in Mexico City. Mexican and international journalists, novelists, and scholars have since then been fascinated by the photogenic Santa Muerte, with the tangible result that most major broadcasters have shown scenes of devotees praying, deeply moved, in front of a skeleton figurine in Baroque dress.

Deep Politics: Community Adaptations to Political Clientelism

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 16:00

La particular historia de Deep Politics. Community Adaptations to Political Clientelism in Twenty-Firt-Century Mexico comienza a partir de una búsqueda en el Google Scholar. En la labor de encontrar indicadores de calidad a sus publicaciones, el profesor González-Fuente detectó que uno de sus primeros artículos sobre clientelismo político (González-Fuente, 2007) había sido citado por la profesora Hagene.

Mexico's Indigenous Population Continues to Face High Rates of Poverty

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 08:00

Speaking to a crowd in the southern state of Chiapas in February, a region with the largest indigenous population in Mexico, Pope Francis condemned what he called “the systemic and organized way your people have been misunderstood and excluded from society” (Puella and Bernstein, 2016). These misunderstandings and exclusion have created in Mexico a situation in which indigenous communities face significantly higher rates of poverty, a problem that impacts their overall quality of life and access to basic resources for 12.6 percent of the population.

Drugs Around the Corner: Domestic Drug Markets and Violence in Colombia and Mexico

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 08:00

During the past decade, drug consumption surveys and expert analyses have warned about growing drug use in Latin America. According to the 2013 World Drug Report, cocaine use in Latin America increased significantly during the first decade of the 2000s while the U.S. cocaine market, although still the largest in the world, has been declining. Similar upward trends exist in marijuana, synthetic, and prescription drug use. These trends are seen as unprecedented as they affect primary drug producers, such as Colombia and Mexico, and are seen as generating significant violence.

The Etymology of “Latin” America

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 10:45

Have you ever wondered why Central America, the Caribbean, and South America are commonly referred to as “Latin” America? No one in these regions speaks Latin today. The primary language is Castilian Spanish but there is also wide use of Portuguese, French, English, Dutch, and indigenous languages such as Quechua, Aymara, Guaraní, and hundreds of others.

#TurnIgnoranceAround

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 09:45

It is no surprise by this point in his candidacy that Donald Trump is no friend to Latinos. Along with his rants about building a wall between the US and Mexico, he has attacked the Mexican people personally. In June of last year he was infamously quoted saying, “When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with them. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Mirar Morir

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 12:15

El asfalto del estacionamiento 4 del Centro Cultural Universitario todavía estaba tibio por el inesperado sol que asomó su faz en el Distrito Federal durante martes 20 de octubre. Hacia las ocho de la noche, sobre ese mismo asfalto universitario, decenas de personas se fueron acomodando lo mejor posible para presenciar el estreno del documental Mirar morir.

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