August 28, 2006 |
The trouble here started in the classroom and has spilled into the streets of this colonial tourist capital, where a three-month teachers strike has grown into a dangerous and, at turns, farcical Mexican revolution. Thousands of protesters camp in and around the central plaza. They maintain makeshift barricades of stones, boards and sheets of corrugated metal that seal off entire blocks surrounding the historic downtown.
July 3, 2006 |
In the months leading up this nation's presidential election, the contest was often described as one between two very different Mexicos: the prosperous and the poor. On Sunday, both were fully on display in this deeply polarized city.
June 19, 2006 |
A conflict between striking teachers and the government of Oaxaca is threatening to envelope the southern state in crisis ahead of the July 2 presidential election, with the teachers promising a new wave of mobilizations this week. The strike, which began as a demand for significant wage increases, has evolved into a political dispute, with the teachers now calling for the resignation or impeachment of Gov. Ulises Ruiz.
June 18, 2006
JENNA DOSCH went on a photography class trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, in March and came back with this piece for her portfolio. Returning one afternoon from a nearby monastery, she was serenaded by the man with the guitar on the bus and took his picture with a Nikon D2X. "I like this one because it brought me back there," said Dosch, who just graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. "I can hear the guy playing the music."
April 16, 2006 |
The prickly plants started in Catalina Sanchez's garden and now stretch across her neighbors' fields as far as the eye can see. They pop up on acre after acre as word gets around: This village of dirt floors and outdoor toilets expects to get rich exporting cactus. The seed money comes from men who couldn't make a living here and left for California, the idea from one of the women they left behind.
July 20, 2005 |
A bitter standoff at a newspaper office in the southern state of Oaxaca ended Monday night when police and picketing union members allegedly forced their way into the building and removed journalists and press workers who had been barricaded inside since June 17.
July 15, 2005 |
Thirty-one newspaper workers in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca prepared Thursday to enter their fifth week barricaded inside their own building in a bitter labor dispute that has drawn condemnation from human rights and media advocacy groups. Employees of the newspaper Noticias, Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca say they have been forced to remain inside their workplace since June 17 in order to keep publishing because of a picket line set up by a union with ties to state government leaders.
May 22, 2005 |
Two years ago, artists and architects banded together to stave off McDonald's from opening on the picturesque main square in the southern city of Oaxaca. Now some of those same activists are under attack themselves over their plan to evict another foreign invader -- the towering India laurel trees that shade the historic plaza. Opponents say the idea is political correctness run amok.
March 6, 2005
I saw in the Travel section [Letters, Feb. 20] that a fellow reader experienced difficulty using American credit cards and ATMs in Mexico. I'm sorry she experienced difficulty on her trip, but I was recently in Puebla, Oaxaca and Xalapa, Mexico, where my wife and I discovered that ATMs readily dispensed pesos for our cards and that hotels in all three cities were pleased to conduct transactions with our U.S.-issued credit cards. We also used credit cards for such retail purchases as bus travel between those cities and some restaurant bills.
November 28, 2004
I was disturbed by "To Market, to Market in Oaxaca" [Nov. 14]. It was a primer in bad planning and having a poor disposition for traveling. Oaxaca, Mexico, is one of the most magical places I have visited, a beautiful colonial city with great historical and archeological sites. The Juarez Market, which writer Kevin Brass refers to as "Wal-Mart," is a treasure chest of food, crafts and everyday necessities. Each time I go there I am lost in the sights, sounds and aromas. He seemed to miss all this.