Mexico

Latinos at the Polls

October 4, 2016

The race for the president of the United States is nearing the finish line and Republican candidate Donald J. Trump and Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton have been pushing harder than ever to win the votes of the American people.  Most recently, this week CNN aired what was the most-watched presidential debate in the history of the United States.  While both candidates muddled through their respective weaknesses, one story that was exposed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has since dealt a serious blow to entrepreneur Donald Trump’s campaign.

La Santa Muerte: Inmates’ New Friend

September 14, 2016

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

August 24, 2016

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.

Popular Comics and Authoritarian Injustice Frames in Mexico

August 8, 2016

Social media are often credited with facilitating protest and revolution, from the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement following the post-2008 financial crisis, and elsewhere. But they have never been the only form of communicating grievance in a way which draws protesters together. 

The 2016 Mexican Gubernatorial Elections: the Pathway to 2018

June 15, 2016

This Sunday, 12 of the 32 Mexican states hold gubernatorial elections and one constitutional assembly race (Mexico City). Also, in total, the “Elecciones Locales” will define 965 majors, 239 local deputies by the majority principle and 149 local deputies by the proportional principle.1

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

June 15, 2016

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

June 15, 2016

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

June 15, 2016

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

June 15, 2016

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."

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