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¡COMO MEXICO NO HAY DOS! The "Real Mexico" from transvestite wrestlers to machete-wielding naked farmers. History, culture, politics, economics, news and the general weirdness that usually floats down from the north.
2024-05-10 05:13
While campaigning in Iowa last September, former President Donald Trump made a promise to voters if he were elected again: “Following the Eisenhower model, we will carry out the… Read More
2024-05-04 23:26
Nellie Bly in 1885. Must have been stronger in those days: The soldiers have an herb named marijuana, which they roll into small cigaros and smoke. It produces intoxication which lasts… Read More
2024-04-25 19:47
Oacacan Senator Adolfo Gómez Hernándezm who sits on the Agriculture and Rural Development committe, knows we really, really need rain. Something we can’t do anything abo… Read More
2024-04-22 21:26
Sorry about the double posting (with slight variations) today… I’m still screwing up some wordpress functions and had some “issues” with the computer last night when… Read More
Nabokov And Mexico? Maybe…
2024-04-22 14:00
Today is the 126th anniversary of Vladimir Nabokov’s birth. His best know, and most notorious, novel being Lolita, a repost from June 2013: Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loi… Read More
2024-04-21 04:41
The “youth vote”: Rebels with a cause The floundering Gálvez campaign: Dead woman walking? The Embassy siege and the election: The debate eclipsed by the Embassy s… Read More
Human Rights And Lefts: Finding Refuge
2024-04-11 04:15
Although there are two Mexfiles… this one ( meant for history and culture discussions and for political matters, its impossible especially in Mexico… Read More
2024-03-29 23:25
An article in Wednsday’s Jornada, (“Etnias nayaritas se oponen a que las farmacéuticas comercialicen el peoyte”) reported on the indigenous communities in Nayarit wh… Read More
Oh Give Me A Home…
2024-03-26 05:35
Politics is over on substack, but there was an article in the news today about presidential candidate Xochiltl Galvéz saying she would not live in the Palacio Nacional, but would pref… Read More
2024-03-10 00:27
Jesse Olsavsky, in Jacobin, writes of one of those too often overlooked Mexico City gringa “influencers” who… whatever she was up to here, had a major impact on India&rsq&helli…Read More
A City Upon A Hill
2024-03-08 01:59
Photos by Quoc Nguyen. Two years BEFORE the Pilgrams landed at Plymouth Rock, the municipio of San Lorenzo de los Negros was granted a charter by the Spanish crown. Other than pointing o… Read More
2024-03-01 07:07
If, that is, the Mexico our “foreign community” seeks is “México profundo” and not– ironically perhaps — the Mexico our “white lens”4 b… Read More
Popo Poops…
2024-02-22 00:17
AMAZING! Popocatépetl spit up an enormous column of gas and ash yesterday at 6:25 p.m. Yes, that little dark spot is an airplane coming in. Jornada photo by Javier Salinas. … Read More
The Demon And The Nun
2024-01-21 22:33
To his enemies, Felipe Carrillo Puerto was the “Red Demon”. To her admirers (and enemies), his sister Elvia was the “Red Nun”. Between the two of them, the… Read More
2024-01-14 23:45
I never saw an axolotl But Harvard has one in a bottle. (Ogden Nash) I have met the iconic Mexican salamander … live, and in my pocket (there’s an axolotl on the 50 peso… Read More
What’s Wrong With This Photo?
2024-01-06 23:20
Born in Guadalajara in 1917, and never quire finishing high school, and tooling around with junk parts from his radio gig, this guy completely changed the way we see the world. Despite… Read More
Riding That Train…
2024-01-01 05:02
Everything old is new again. Or, maybe being the last day of 2023, I should say, “Ring out the new, ring in the old”. This year, and in 2024, it’s not new highway… Read More
2023-12-22 10:08
A combinaton of Oprah and Studs Terkel, Cristina Pacheco chronicled the lives of Mexico City’s denizens for over 50 years, both in her long-running weekly “Mar de Historias&rdquo&hell…Read More
Chronicle Of An Annexation Foretold?
2023-12-18 22:58
Luis de Onis… of the Adams-Onis treaty that set the boundries between the new United States and New Spain, during the early deliberations that would lead to the 1819 treaty setting th… Read More
2023-12-03 11:29
A new political post… about what will at some point maybe be another “historic” election in Mexico… is up at It’s free to subscribe (a… Read More
¡Viva La Revolucíon!
2023-11-19 23:38
I wouldn’t say “little known”, but this facebook post (by Judit Megal) captures the essentials quite nicely: A little know fact about the Mexican Revolution: It sta… Read More
Stray Cat
2023-11-03 18:30
Mexico can still be weird. Much news today about a stray cat wandering around the forested coastal municipality of La Huerta, Jalisco. Poor kitty… uh….How a Bengal tiger &nda&hell…Read More
A Food Crime!
2023-10-24 06:05
“Nobody loves me…everybody hates me. I’ll just go eat worms”… gross! Unless… the worms are chinicuiles. Technically, chinicuiles are the larval… Read More
2023-10-21 23:46
Mexican cuisine (and music) is more varied than you think… while you might not get EXACTLY what you want, you just might find what you need. Shopping with Mexico City’s famous… Read More
Inquisition And Revision
2023-10-09 22:37
Do I dare Disturb the universe? In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. (Yes, I know I got carried away on this… and tri… Read More
2023-10-09 00:21
Jorge Durant, who specializes in the anthopology of immigrantion and the author of several books on the subject of Mexican migration (the best known, his first, being “Return to Aztlan… Read More
While You Wait
2023-10-08 22:13
Besides being more distracted than usual the last couple months, I started working on what I thought would just be a short piece on the Spanish Inquisition, which has morphed into a fairly l… Read More
2023-10-07 00:01
Mexico has really not pulled its weight in the Nobel Prizes over the years. One in Chemisty (Mario Molino, 1995); one in literature (Octavio Paz, 1990; two Peace Prizes (Alfonso Garcia Robl… Read More
2023-09-06 10:47
Mexico spends about 41.5 billion US dollars on food imports. Despite its image and history as a largely agrarian country only about 4% of Mexican GPD comes from its own agricultural produc… Read More
2023-09-04 02:14
Chavela Vargas, the irrascible cantina singer, and sometimes “iconic” Mexican… having been born not inn Mexico, once snarled “A Mexican can be born any fuckin’… Read More
¡Andale!  ¡Andale!
2023-08-31 10:16
How did I miss the 70th birthday of Mexico’s favorite folk-hero?… The mighty Speedy Gonzalez made his debut cartoon appearance 29 August 1953. Feliz compleanos, raton rapid… Read More
What’s The Word?
2023-08-15 00:40
One reason to enjoy Latin American history is that our historical figures and revolutionary hero(ines) are soooo much more interesting than those in the history of the United States. Betsy… Read More
Follow The Money?
2023-08-05 09:14
The bizarre outburst by TV Azteca’s star newsreader, Javier Altorre, devoted 10 minutes (OK, 9.24 minutes) to attacking new school texts (150 million given free of charge to the countr… Read More
Vicente Fox… What A Dope(r)!
2023-07-25 21:33
Under the apparently mistaken belief that he is still politically relevant, former president Vicente Fox stuck in foot in his mouth… twitteraliy (or is it now “X” rated) … Read More
New Math: 9300 Bicycles = 1400 Trees
2023-07-19 01:51
(from Proceso) According to Semovi (Secretariat of Mobility) sources, Mexico City’s “ecobike” program has led to the reduction of 466 tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide… Read More
2023-07-18 23:47
Santiago Creel…the scion of the Creel-Terrazas dynasty (going back to the earliest days of the Republic) has been thwarted again and again in his quest for the Presidency. As only #2… Read More
2023-07-03 18:56
Somewhat jokingly, I posted that there was something was missing when discussing the similarities between Morena front-runner Claudia Sheinbaum, and the opposition coalition “Va por Me… Read More
2023-06-24 09:45
Yes, Mexican streets and highways are more crowded. According to the Secretariat of Agrian, Regional and Urban Development (SEDATU, for its Spanish acronym) there are now 40 motor vehicles… Read More
2023-06-19 01:31
Franc Contresas, as usual, does a much better job at CGTN (China Global Television Network) than the US media when it comes to English language TV reports from Mexico. The electoral seaso… Read More
2023-06-13 06:54
I sometimes watch “HistoryLegends”… featuring a guy named Alexandre (with some sort of European accent) who only claims his “dedication to history and facts is unma… Read More
Mexico Another BRICS In The Wall?
2023-06-08 03:25
Very little, if anything, has been appearing in Mexican media (or, anywhere substantial, with a few exceptions back in March) about Mexican inclusion in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, Chi… Read More
2023-06-02 02:03
Reports that an alleged “Cartel member” was filmed carrying what looked like a Javalin missile (video by Milenio TV here) have lead to speculation (perhaps fed by Russia Today) t… Read More
Hey, Jude…
2023-05-20 23:56
Badiraguarto, Sinaloa isn’t a place on most tourists’ bucket-list… unless, that is, unless you have an hankering to visit the hometowns of Horatio Alger type stories of th… Read More
It Takes A Thief… Or Two Or Three
2023-05-16 05:43
If the British Museum has the world’s best collection of stolen goods in the world, it’s kinda of a jumble. Perhaps the National Library of France thought it too messy, and deci… Read More
2023-05-04 01:00
History remembers the revolutionary leaders Zapata, Villa, and other he-men. The women, who lived in silence, went on to oblivion. A few women warriors refused to be erased: Juana Ram… Read More
The Can-openers.
2023-04-17 10:59
It used to be said that Mexico was a democracy… every day EXCEPT Election Day. From Calles in the 1920s to Ernesto Zedillo in the 1990s, even with changes in party label and ideology… Read More
Higher Ambitions For Vicente Fox?
2023-04-14 04:58
Former President Vicente Fox — whose “autobiography” (likely written by Rob Allyn, or his PR team) “Revolution of Hope” (which I bought used for 10 pesos and ca… Read More
2023-04-12 12:15
Europe’s heroin market could soon be in for a supply shock, and experts fear the gap could be filled by something much worse. Almost all heroin consumed in Europe comes from Afghan… Read More
The Curse… And Precusors
2023-04-08 02:42
While no one doubts the seriousness of the “fentinyl crisis! in the United States, thw typical reaction has been… like that common to all addicts in dcnial.. to “blame oth… Read More
2023-03-30 04:32
I don’t know whether they serve cocktails at Russian Security Council meetings or not, but one has to wonder what Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev, the former FSB head,and now Secretary o… Read More
2023-03-28 02:14
Bloomberg, via El Financiero reports that a Russian oil freighter, Loukas II, is scheduled to deliver 145,400 barrels of diesel at Guaymas, Sonora about the end of this month. Russia’… Read More
2023-03-19 03:03
There is more to say about this, but somehow haven’t posted, but after several calls by U.S. politicians to intervine in Mexico (to “help” wipe out the fentenyl suppliers t… Read More
2023-03-17 05:46
Is this right? Morphine was invented to replace opium, and prevent the scourge of opium addiction. Then herion, to lessen the dependence on morphine. Then Fentinyl. And… so&hellip&hell…Read More
OK, Karen…
2023-03-01 10:08
Sandra Cuevas, the “mayor” of Cuauhtemóc (the most populous of Mexico City’s 16 “alcadias”… or municipalities) apparently is one of “those p… Read More
2023-03-01 09:13
While large (80 to 100 thousand people) , the rally to “defend the electoral system” rally… or, rather, a rally suppsedly against changes in the structure of the National… Read More
2023-02-11 03:28
From “Remember the Maine” to the Zimmerman Note to the Gulf of Tonkin to “Weapons of Mass Destruction”, the US establishment has always taken the “We must fight… Read More
Not Exactly A Gulag
2023-02-10 03:41
I have never denied that the Cristero Revolt of 1928-29 was avoidable, when that counter-revolution did take hold, the state had no choice but to ruthlessly supress it. There were atrocitie… Read More
Help Is On The Way
2023-02-08 05:16
The state picks up the tab for the dogs and miliary personnel. The Topos are a citizen’s group. Donate here: Image caption, At least 16 dogs have bee… Read More
2023-02-03 10:55
I usually come across as toooooo serious when I raise this issue, so I’m glad to see someone else doing it with a good dose of humor when it comes to puncturing the pretentions “… Read More
2023-02-02 22:14
February 2, 1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, ending the U.S.-Mexico War and extending the boundaries of the United States west to the Pacific Ocean. Many in the North, p… Read More
Hic! Transit Vita
2023-01-23 23:23
Today’s the anniversary of the 1916 demise of Victorian Huerta… President, by the grace of US Ambassador Henry Lane Wilson.. of Mexico from February 1913 — in what would i… Read More

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