November 14, 2004 |
Every Sunday, the weavers of the Oaxaca Valley travel to the weekly market in Tlacolula to sell their handmade wool rugs. Working our way through crowded streets, past vendors selling freshly plucked chickens, exotic peppers and homemade mescal, my wife, Lietza, and I found the renowned artisans on a quiet side street.
September 27, 2006 |
Parents and children gathered early Tuesday in front of the Enrique Rebsamen Primary School after the governor over the weekend ordered teachers to end a four-month strike that has ballooned into a chaotic leftist rebellion. Handwritten signs were posted at the school: "Welcome to class. Bring your children with confidence." When the bell rang at 9:05 a.m., about 150 students went to class. But the teachers were still missing.
November 12, 2006 |
IT'S all about the worm. A scrum of tourists rushed the tasting bar of Mezcal Beneva's restaurant-distillery Rancho Zapata, just a few yards from the kilometer 42.5 marker on the Oaxaca-Istmo highway. Eighteen-year-old Marisol Reyes had just given us a guided tour of the distillery, called a palenque in Spanish. She told us about the agave plants and how they're harvested and cooked. We watched a donkey drag a huge stone wheel round and round a track crushing agave pulp.
November 1, 2006 |
Federal police reopened this city's central square Tuesday after painting over the anti-government graffiti that had covered nearly every building in the colonial plaza during a five-month occupation by leftists and striking teachers. Small skirmishes continued to flare in other parts of the state capital between federal police and protesters seeking the ouster of Gov. Ulises Ruiz.
May 5, 2009 |
It was Easter weekend when people in Oaxaca noticed strange happenings at the state-run Dr. Aurelio Valdivieso General Hospital. Sections were suddenly off-limits. Security guards were added. The cop reporter at the local newspaper, El Diario Despertar, got a tip from a source at the hospital. Not above dressing its journalists up as paramedics, the paper sent two people to investigate. They quickly realized that the hospital was seized by alarm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2006 |
If you are having trouble getting your hands on fresh spinach these days, you may be able to commiserate with the owners of Mexican restaurants serving cuisine from the state of Oaxaca. Political unrest in the southern Mexico region has translated into U.S. shortages of imported traditional staples, among them fried grasshoppers, spicy mole paste and crunchy tortillas known as tlayudas.
May 17, 1998 |
Street lamps spread their light over the cobblestones as the sun sank into the Sierra Madre. It was our first evening in Oaxaca, and our family was headed for the Zocalo, the central plaza. Sweethearts strolled arm-in-arm down the avenue, the picture of contentment, but I was anxious. We'd been in Oaxaca just three hours, and I worried about whether my husband and daughter would like it. In the weeks leading up to our trip last August, it had been the subject of much debate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2006 |
When Oaxacan immigrants came to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, they settled in what's now known as Pico-Union and Koreatown. One of the few things they brought with them was a love of basketball that borders on obsession. This is especially true among Zapotec Indians from the Oaxacan mountain range known as the Sierra Juarez in southern Mexico. "Our fever," Otomi Dominguez, a highland Zapotec, calls the sport.
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May 24, 2004 |
Otomi Dominguez, a 62-year-old Los Angeles handyman, remembers the first time he and a few fellow Oaxacan immigrants gathered at Normandie Park near downtown to celebrate the Guelaguetza, a huge July dance festival in their home state in Mexico. "It was casual, pueblo-style," Dominguez said. That was in 1972. On Sunday, Dominguez joined about 10,000 Oaxacans and others who filled the Los Angeles Sports Arena for what has grown into a popular local version of the Mexican celebration.
October 12, 2006 |
Masked protesters hijacked buses and forced government workers from offices Wednesday, despite a tentative agreement this week to curb their actions while a federal Senate commission studies whether Oaxaca state Gov. Ulises Ruiz has lost control. The group of about 100 demonstrators was shot at as it roamed Oaxaca city, the capital, in the hijacked public buses, and protest leaders said one demonstrator was wounded.