Mexico round-up

1. Mexican maquiladora industry cry foul on new taxes

2. Educating Journalists: Alfredo Corchado & Mónica Ortiz Uribe at Columbia University

3. Entrevista con un Zeta

4. NPR: Riding ‘The Beast’: Alt.Latino Interviews Salvadoran Journalist Oscar Martinez

5. From Mansfield to Mexico: Man of two countries is at home in neither 

6. Death and Corruption: Organized Crime and Local Govt in Mexico

Mexican Monday Round Up

1. U.S. and Mexico quietly building trust on their own terms ““We’re very much doing the same thing we’ve done for the past decade or so. We’re just more aware of the sensitivities and respectful of the current climate.'”

2. Mexico’s Female Vigilante Squads “The force is made up of mostly middle-aged housewives, mothers and grandmothers. Many of these women have lost loved ones to violence, or were victims of crime themselves. They have lived in fear for their family, and they decided that they’ve had enough. So roughly 100 women have now volunteered to put their lives on the line in order to protect their children and defend their community.”

3. How Tacos Explain Mexico’s Labor Market “Like meat in an over-stuffed taco, many people don’t fit into the formal sector and fall out to the sidelines.”

4. From a Tortilla, the Feeling of a Warm Embrace “People have been putting food inside tortillas and eating them for centuries, but the first tacos to be called tacos were probably eaten by 18th-century laborers working in the silver mines of Mexico, said José R. Ralat, an expert on the folklore of tacos. The miners gave the food the same name as the little sticks of dynamite they used in their work.”

Developing country news round up

1. The plight of Latin America’s teachers.  “Japan: take our soccer, give us your education.” 

2. Nicaragua canal a big dig — or big scam? “There are many reasons to think it may be the latter.” Indeed!

3. Mexico City launches trash-for-food clean-up program. “Recyclable materials are exchanged for points then used to buy organic food and product.”

4. Bhutan Is No Shangri-La.  “Bhutan conducted a special census in the south and then proceeded to cast out nearly 100,000 people — about one-sixth of its population, nearly all of them of Nepalese origin.”

5. Afghanistan’s new rich – in pictures.



Links I found interesting

1. Nationwide protests disrupt Costa Rica  “President Laura Chinchilla is one of the least popular presidents in Latin America today which some protesters believe makes her vulnerable to succumbing to public pressure and to meeting their demands.”

2. Does it take a village? “No one takes the Millennium Villages seriously as a research project — no one in development economics.” Edward Miguel

3. Sierra Leone imposes travel restriction on bank workers “All employees of the banking sector in Sierra Leone will, with immediate effect, require police clearance to travel out of the country. The new directive, which also affects employees of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and the Sierra Leone Shipping agencies, is in connection with an ongoing investigation of a massive banking fraud which the authorities believe is aimed at emptying government coffers.”

4. Hoop Dreams in Oaxaca’s Hills “In my part of the Sierra, the basketball courts are like the zócalo in the colonial city,” Mr. Santiago said, using the Spanish word for “plaza.” “It’s really the most important part of the town. A respectable town has a church, and a basketball court in front of the church.”