This sign is in English. You can read it. Photo by author.

I’d heard lots of wonderful things about San Miguel de Allende. Mostly that it’s beautiful. I’d also received an open invitation to stay at a friend’s family home there, which by itself was enough to make me want to go. But the more I heard about San Miguel de Allende, the more I became interested […]

Mexican students from the Fray Francisco de Vitoria Human Rights Center perform during last Saturday’s Carnival of Corn — part of the worldwide protests against Monsanto. (WNV / Alex Mensing)

This article first appeared on May 30, 2013 on Waging Nonviolence, “a source for original news and analysis about struggles for justice and peace around the globe.” Feel free to share it in accordance with Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 licensing. On May 25, an estimated two million people across 50 countries participated in the […]

Members of Comida, No Bombas prepare a meal in Mexico City. Photo by author.

I had just gotten back to Mexico City from a trip to nearby Cuernavaca and was putting down my backpack when my housemate Paula said, “hey, I’m going to a Food Not Bombs meeting. Want to go?” “Food Not Bombs? In Mexico City? Sure, let’s go.”

Waiting for the train. Photo by author.

“I know it’s illegal, and I don’t like that. But I’m obligated to do it.” Have you ever heard of the experiment where a child is left in a room with a marshmallow and promised two marshmallows if they don’t eat the first one for fifteen minutes? I know I’m just guessing, but based on […]

Pat Boy raps in Mayan and Spanish. Photo from a7.com.mx

One of the ways that the USA has influenced Latin America and the rest of the world is through its music. It’s true that US culture has flooded other parts of the world more than they have flooded each other in the last century, but music is rarely adopted without adding local flavor. Musical hybridization […]

Teachers march against the Pact for Mexico's education reform. Photo by Demián Chávez

The other day I was talking with my friend Paula in her Mexico City living room. She sat across from me on a couch, laptop open, glancing now and again at the latest updates on the student occupation of UNAM’s executive office building (the National Autonomous University of Mexico). “Alex,” she said, sighing a strange […]

Dón Ramón. Photo by author.

“They became furious.” To say that “they became furious” falls far short of foreshadowing what the Mara-18 gang did to Don Ramón and his family. But let me introduce you to Don Ramón, because he’s a wonderful man. Don Ramón was born 58 years ago in a small town in Honduras. His father passed away […]

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