July 5, 2010 |
Every morning during television coverage of the World Cup, on the Mexican equivalent of the "Today" show, co-hosts chat, trade barbs and yuck it up. Behind them, actors in blackface makeup, dressed in fake animal skins and wild "Afro" wigs, gyrate, wave spears and pretend to represent a cartoonish version of South Africa. Yes, in the 21st century, blackface characters on a major television network. But this is Mexico, and definitions of racism are complicated and influenced by the country's own tortured relationship with invading powers and indigenous cultures.
October 18, 1987
Three cheers for Charles McC. Mathias Jr.! Stability in this hemisphere very much depends on how the United States views and responds to Mexico (Op-Ed Page, Oct. 12). The Mexico/U.S. relationship is just one more reason to support Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez' attempts for a nonviolent resolution of conflict in Central America. Mathias also points out the need for adopting a right course regarding trade with Mexico and acknowledging our economic interdependency; it is reassuring to note that Democratic candidates Bruce Babbit and Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.
July 3, 2012
Re " The challenge in Mexico ," Editorial, July 1 Every time I read about Mexican politics, I can't help but squirm. We sell the guns and we buy the drugs that are causing so much misery in that country. I wish we were a better neighbor, and I wish our actions more often matched our ideals. I wonder if people there ever consider building a border fence to keep the U.S. out? Joanne Zirretta Aliso Viejo ALSO: Letters: A new water war Letters: Do we need nuclear?
May 3, 2010
Five people killed in stampede at Mexican concert MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - At least five people were trampled to death Sunday when concert fans were panicked by the sound of gunfire and caused a stampede in this northern city, which has been on edge since drug violence flared in recent weeks. Hundreds of fans of the Norteno group Intocable at the show rushed for the exits after some people yelled that they had heard shooting, senior government official Ivonne Alvarez told reporters.
August 24, 2012 |
Earlier this year, the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego released “Drug Violence in Mexico,” a report by the institute's Cory Molzahn, Viridiana Ríos and David A. Shirk. Looking for broader perspective on the estimated 50,000 drug-war killings in Mexico since December 2006, the researchers compared Mexico's overall homicide statistics with other nations'. They found that Mexico's overall homicide rate was about 18 per 100,000 inhabitants - “uncomfortably high,” yet also “about average for the hemisphere.” In fact, that figure matches rates for the city of Los Angeles in the troubled early 1990s.
August 25, 2012 |
We all know that Mexico's drug war has taken a horrific toll - an estimated 50,000 deaths since President Felipe Calderón launched the effort in late 2006. But how much did Calderón's declaration change the crime rate? And now that president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto is set to take over in December, how much is likely to change? Travelers might want to dip into “Drug Violence in Mexico,” a recent report by The Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego. Though good statistics are often hard to come by in Mexico, authors Cory Molzahn, Viridiana Ríos and David A. Shirk have gathered a boatload of numbers, and they raise the idea that drug-related killings accelerated before Calderón declared war. As the report notes, the Mexican government counted 12,903 drug-war killings (a.k.a.