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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.
End Times For “digital Nomads”?
2022-10-20 01:59
While it’s only one post, I wonder: Not to make a big deal of it, but given that Mexico City (and similar “exotic” locales) have been attracting “digital nomads&rd&hell…Read More
2022-10-18 04:36
Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. spoke at the opening of the European Diplomatic Academy in which he metahorically described… Read More
2022-10-10 08:15
Colonial societies did diverge from their mother countries — but in a more complex and radical manner than imagined within the narrow field of vision once traditional to colonial hist… Read More
2022-10-10 01:40
“According to the irrational power of the world, the market that razes existence is not to blame; it is the jungle and those who live in it that are to blame. Bank accounts have become… Read More
2022-10-09 07:08
From the 1842 Mexican newspaper “El Siglo Diez y Nueve”….ç […] regarding freedom and slavery outside of Mexico, as is shamefully practiced in some countri… Read More
2022-10-05 23:16
While we usually date the abolition of slavery in Mexico to 1829 (when even the carve-out for Tejas’ slave-owning Anglo population was abolished), the insurgents during the Ind… Read More
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Permit
2022-09-28 21:58
YIKES! I kinda wonder what kind of meat they put in the tacos at this un-licensed restaurant. If it wasn’t enough the place was supposed to be closed for not having the right p… Read More
2022-09-24 05:28
The executive board of the Interamerican Development Bank (what’s that?) have united in a call to dismiss their president… for, according to media reports (here and here from th… Read More
A Policy Change To Ruminate Over
2022-09-24 04:26
It’s perhaps an oversight, but the federal program that buys essential food products (like corn and beans) from small producers at a subsidezed price, does not include “beverages… Read More
2022-09-17 22:53
Or… don’t give peace a chance. In the series of “VIVA!” at the grito, AMLO gave a shoutout to “universal brotherhood”… something proposed in fo… Read More
2022-09-16 20:45
With most of the world’s (or at least the global north’s) media obsessed with the rituals surrounding the not unforseeing death of a nonagenarian European monarch, Mexfiles would… Read More
2022-09-11 04:37
Although this monument in Orizaba, Veracruz bears the name “Catarina de Erauso”, it is actually a monument to Antonio de Erauso… the first legally recognized transgend… Read More
Cock And Bull News
2022-09-10 00:04
Or… maybe dead cocks and dead bulls. An opinion piece in yesterday’s Jornada (“Hoy, los toros… ¿Mañana qué?“) questioned whether the… Read More
It Requires Explanation
2022-09-06 10:29
The American taco is a kind of weirdly concocted tostada, folded in half, with a space in the middle for ingredients that are nothing like a Mexican taco, like lettuce and grated cheese… Read More
2022-09-02 02:32
Via Report Indigo:Mexican Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, speaking during the gave aexplained that the spiral of violence generated in Mexico, is… Read More
Signs And Wonders
2022-08-02 22:43
Spotted in some of the more popular “expat” neighborhoods, both in Mexico City, and elsehwhere. Is there anywhere on the planet that migrants are universally welcomed?… Read More
In The Meantime…
2022-07-11 23:50
Nothing’s been posted in quite a while… and apologies for that. I’ll be back shortly… For now, here’s a guy you usually don’t think of, who had a major… Read More
2022-06-18 12:12
Over the last few months, English language media (i.e. US and it’s satellite states) has been carping on Mexico’s alleged sins of omission when it comes to dealing with climate c… Read More
2022-06-13 20:47
“Mexico City will be receiving the first automatic containers to compost dog and cat droppings for future use as biogas or energy…”… Read More
I Think That I Shall Long-time See…
2022-06-08 00:19
Out with the old (and dead), in with the new. The palm tree that stood in the round-about in front of the Mexican stock exchange died at… what for Canarian palm trees… is… Read More
2022-06-03 22:20
My response to a person who asked why those of us who chose to live in countries like this, with a high firearms murder rate, still feel “safe” and are reluctant to go to the US:… Read More
D.E.A. Drug EXPORT Administration?
2022-05-24 22:45
Reforma reported this morning that two US Senators, Chuck Grassley (Republican) and Dick Durban (Democratic) have demanded information from the DEA regarding the DEA “investigative uni… Read More
2022-05-21 22:07
From Regeneration: Two things I’d like to know. Who buys bones (witch doctors?) and who is buried with a bag of pot? A 30-year-old man was arrested by Auxiliary Police officers… Read More
2022-05-21 10:30
More than 100,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since records started being kept in 1964 — but most victims were added to the list after 2006… Read More
2022-05-21 03:41
A quicky machine translation from Proceso: MEXICO CITY (appro).- The Secretary of National Defense (Sedena), Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, announced that the possibility of the… Read More
2022-05-18 01:20
In the Americas, we’re forced… or rather in the habit… of thinking of “race” in broad terms, “white”, “black”, “indigenous ameri… Read More
2022-05-06 03:03
“Former President Donald J. Trump asked Mark T. Esper, his defense secretary, about the possibility of launching missiles into Mexico to ‘destroy the drug labs’ and wip… Read More
Electrical, And Electoral, Power
2022-04-21 04:54
With the narrow defeat (or… rather… narrowly not passed) … electrical system reform bill last Sunday (17 April), the pundit class is already weighing in on the future of… Read More
2022-04-15 17:38
. . . the silent and subordinate integration of the Mexican economy and security to the United States is advancing, under the guise of North American prosperity, but there is some resistance… Read More
2022-04-14 03:32
To absolutely no surprise, last Sunday’s referendum (consulta) had too low a turnout to be binding, and overwhelmingly showed support for AMLO finishing his presidential term. The maj… Read More
Save The Tortillas!
2022-04-10 05:56
A friend up in North Carolina was complaining about some weird packaged tortillas she’d bought (Low-Carb Tortillas? … what’s the point, where’s the taste?) but for u… Read More
2022-04-08 05:56
Try to bring up the best independent media site in Central America today, and this is what you get (original in Spanish):No to Censorship. For many years, in this space our readers have… Read More
Cowboys V Nazis
2022-04-07 06:46
One of several incidents that convinced me to start writing Mexican history (and, once being labeled “Mexican Pravda” for my trouble) was talking to a British teacher one day on… Read More
Edifice Complexity…
2022-04-04 13:10
Even the most overlooked buildings can tell us a story… and in Mexico City, the story is often as complicated as the city itself. One always assumes (and you know what’s said a… Read More
2022-03-30 00:25
The disappearance of the 43 takes yet another turn… a mystery wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in a conundrum. Or… simply… the state did it. John Holman (Al Jazerra) pres… Read More
2022-03-15 06:15
Maybe they should have been reading MexFiles? Violeta Vázquez-Rojas Maldonado in today’s (14 March 2022) Sin Embargo wonders what the F*** the European parliamentarians w… Read More
2022-03-13 07:36
It’s no secret that journalism is a dangerous occupation in this country, what with 55 recorded murders of members of the fourth estate on record. Nothing like the slaughter of human… Read More
2022-03-12 07:42
The Zapatistas are one of the few Latin American political groups to have not taken the side of either nation in the Ukrainian conflict. Not to say they haven’t take a side, but just… Read More
2022-03-09 23:54
I believe the author of the saying was either Tallyrand or Metternich, but what held true in Europe in the early 19th century still holds true today. A country can’t chose it’s… Read More
2022-03-09 06:04
Access to abortion, like same-sex marriage is in THEORY the law of the land, although states have been reluctant to pass the necessary legislation. Although the Supreme Court ruled that abo… Read More
Appropriate Reading
2022-03-09 05:20
Luis I. Rodriguez, “Ballet of Blood” (Ballet de sangre),Ediciones Negromante,1942. This appears to have been a semi-vanity publication … I’ve never seen a co… Read More
2022-03-07 02:43
Faced with this new strategy of social control . . . citizens must demand their right to information, to all information, whether the de facto powers . . . like it or not. Outside Mexfile… Read More
2022-02-27 01:03
Take it for what it’s worth, but in the “fog of war”, with media and “pundits” having settled on a simple “good guy-bad guy” narrative, and our info… Read More
Cultural Inappropriation
2022-02-09 06:36
Imitatation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but there is only one Café Habana… and it’s not in New York, Tokyo, Malibu, or Miami. Definitely not the last. Whi… Read More
2022-02-08 07:22
Irish writer Leonard Wibberly’s 1955 satire, “The Mouse That Roared” satirize the Cold War and the Marshall Plan in the story of a tiny mythical country (Grand Fenwick) dec… Read More
Down A Rabbit Hole:  “Expats”, 1912
2022-02-01 01:40
While looking for something else (specifically, the short lived “Confederate colonies” of the 1860s, when Maximiliano — or rather his French overlords — came up with… Read More
Cultural Appropriation
2022-01-29 23:43
It wasn’t just Frida Kahlo who appropriated traditional Zapoteca style. Apparently she wasn’t as tendy as she made herself out to be. Busby Berkeley, back in the 1930s, had th… Read More
2022-01-27 16:58
Trigger warning: this is gross! Mexico has a macabre fascination (at least Mexfiles does) with the “Bebé Tadeo” story. The initial reports… that a dead bab… Read More
The First American War Of Independence?
2022-01-24 09:30
It doesn’t really count, but the first serious attempt at separating the Americas from their European colonial rulers was not in 1776 (nor in the 1640s) but a century earlier, led by… Read More
2022-01-20 14:21
When it comes to US-Mexican relations, it doesn’t much matter whether the president at the time is considered a liberal, a progressive, a conservative, or a right-wing lunatic…… Read More
2022-01-20 06:42
The rich cry, too. Ricardo Salinas Pliego owns… about everything Carlos Slim doesn’t, it seems. The CEO of Grupo Electra, Banco Azteca, Azteca TV, Totalplay internet servi… Read More
Give The (old) Devil His Due
2022-01-18 13:26
Holed up for the last several years in his San Angel home, centinarian Luis Echeverría Álvarez, has been dubbed the “Ogre in the Castle”. The sobriquet is well-des… Read More
2022-01-17 06:10
When back at the end of 2018, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that smoking marijuana was constitutionally protected (under the rubric of the “free development of personality”&hel&hell…Read More
2022-01-17 00:28
Guadalajara’s TeleDiario news presenter Leonardo Schwebel has a few words to say to people who won’t get vaccinated and won’t wear masks. Not that you need to understand S… Read More
Let Us Now Praise Famous Women
2022-01-05 09:03
Josefa Ortiz, Gertrudis Bocanegra, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz y Margarita Maza Recently added to the series of monuments to famous Mexicans along Reforma. Ortiz was a leade… Read More
2022-01-05 08:39
How much responsiblity Mexfiles… and other Mexican-based “private media”… bears for the present confusion foreigners have about their permission to stay in the coun… Read More
2022-01-03 11:07
in Mexico’s avocado-growing region told me that drug cartels had moved in, evicting – and in many cases killing – landowners to take control of production. It was horrifyin… Read More
2021-12-21 10:37
Breitbart, the far-far-far right-wing propaganda rag is not a source used by Mexfiles… until now. Like Hell, we’ll provide a link to that toxic waste site, but I have to admit… Read More
2021-12-20 07:10
For Salazar, the ambassadorship represents a golden opportunity to further refine a shtick he’s spent his career perfecting: paying lip service to renewable energy while filling the co… Read More
Tierra Y Liberdad!… Y… Marihuana!
2021-11-30 06:10
When Emiliano Zapata (and anarchist school-teacher Otilio Montaño) drafted the Plan of Ayula in 1911, with its then radical call for land reform in the state of Morelos, little did t… Read More
2021-11-23 02:55
Today is international music day… also the Feast of Saint Cecelia, patron of musicians, and the annual Mariachi festival at Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City… So…. two hour… Read More
Towards A Nation Of Readers?
2021-11-16 07:12
Mexico’s “elder stateswoman” of letters, 89 real old Elena Pontiatowska, was out with her grandchildren last Sunday when someone broke into her house. A computer and a DVD… Read More
2021-11-13 04:46
The on-going Odebrecht/Agronitrogenados scandal… combining alleged bribes to PEMEX officials (including then CEO Emilio Lozoya are estimated to have cost the Mexican state somewhere (… Read More
2021-11-05 05:02
So Andres Manuel López Obrador suggests (AMLO insta a líderes a actuar y no sólo dar discursos en cumbres, Roberto Garduño y Fabiola Martínez, Jornada, 4 N… Read More
2021-10-30 07:14
… besides, that is, an excuse for bougie goth cosplay, tourist touts descending on cemeteries, and Mexican stores unloading surplus Hallowe’en bling? Religious scholar Andrew H… Read More
2021-10-30 05:08
The OECD, the 38 “high development nations” of the world, all saw a massive drop in immigration over the last year, despite “scare” stories in both US and European me… Read More

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