has a show opening at the Tate Modern in Britain. The Mexican artist
was married to famous muralist Diego Rivera
learned how to paint after suffering a horrible accident and attended her first and only opening in Mexico in her bed after years of pain. Pain
are common themes
in her work, which is widely known and largely focused on self-portraiture
Somewhere along the back roads
of small towns
dotting the Louisiana and Mississippi and Mexico landscape
is Jack Spencer
, a self-taught photographer, searching
. More inside.
'This website presents interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development.'
"The Parting Glass: An Annotated Pogues Lyrics Page".
Mystery of 'chirping' pyramid decoded:
"A theory that the ancient Mayans built their pyramids to act as giant resonators to produce strange and evocative echoes has been supported by a team of Belgian scientists." Others are not so sure... Coincidence, or engineering? Did the designers of El Castillo pyramid
cannily build in a sound effect that mimics the warble of the sacred quetzal bird? Listen for yourself, with the .wav file
(first set is the real bird, the second is the pyramid) featured in this Acoustical Society of America page
. I prefer to think it's deliberate; after all, it's possible that early man was experimenting with cave acoustics to to create sound-enhanced rock art
(there are sound samples for this included here
- unfortunately a Geocities site). Also of interest, the BBC programme "Acoustic Shadows
" (requires RealPlayer - *heavy sigh*)
Mexico publishes Migrant/Illegal Immigrant Guide
A new comic-book
-style guide for migrants produced by the Mexican government
is designed to help immigrants cross the border illegally into the United States. (NPR)
This is proving
are common on the crossing
This is a small homage to hundreds of performers who covered themselves with sombreros to become Slavic Mexicans
. (via memepool)
"Writing a whodunit may sound like an odd thing to do when you are running an insurgency"...
Nevertheless, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
, the mysterious, offbeat leader of the Zapatistas
, and Paco Ignacio Taibo II
, a Mexican crime novelist, are coauthoring a mystery novel live--alternating chapters each week--in the pages of the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada
. So far, they have finished chapters one
(pdf) of Muertos Incomodos, (The Awkward Dead)
. Is there a precedent for this experiment? I love this sort of thing but, unfortunately, my Spanish is insufficient. Any Spanish speakers care to review?
7,000 Years of Religious Ritual Is Traced in Mexico
Archaeologists have traced the development of religion in one location over a 7,000-year period, reporting that as an early society changed from foraging to settlement to the formation of an archaic state, religion also evolved to match the changing social structure.
This archaeological record, because of its length and completeness, sheds an unusually clear light on the origins of religion, a universal human behavior but one whose evolutionary and social roots are still not well understood.
GOP looking to repeal food labeling law.
Would this have anything to do with our recent impasse with Mexico (and with the EU) over GM foods? Or of recent reports of a possible mad cow case in the US?
Guidelines for Low-Impact Tourism Along the Coast of Quintana Roo
"Conserving the natural landscape and enhancing the scenic beauty of tourism development contributes to the high quality of coastal habitat, one of the area’s principal attractions." Warning: PDF format!
Mexican World Heritage Cities
- a beautiful site (flash) developed by an association of the nine Mexican cities on the world heritage list. In English or Spanish. (via Vigna-Maru)
at the Royal Academy. The exhibition may be over but the website can still be enjoyed.
"Are You a Manly Man Full of Vigor?"
Such was the come-on in John Romulus Brinkley's ads for his goat-gland operations. He made enough money from them to start first station KFKB (Kansas First, Kansas Best!), then (after he was run out of Kansas) XER out of Del Rio, Mexico, at a half-million watts the most powerful station in the world, which made the Carter Family (among many others) famous. Read William Bryk's brilliant account, and if you get nostalgic for the old days of AM, listen to the Blasters
' great "Border Radio
So how will you spend Easter? Are your plans just a tad pedestrian? If egg hunts leave you cold, perhaps you need a bit more edge. For many, things begin this week. In Czechoslovakia, men carry woven willow sticks and whip girls on the legs
, but in Taxco, Mexico, it's all about self-flagellation
. In the U.S., many go theatrical with a living last supper
; in the Philippines they favor more authenticity - every year about 20 people re-enact the crucifixion
, nails & all. If that's too real, you could order supplies
to build a backyard corpus shrine
for next year. - more -
Guillermo, it was really nada.
Back in my day, Morrissey's fans were closeted gay boys
, the girls who loved them
, and oddly, Mormons
Now, he's the idol of Latinos
, especially in LA
. Is it a cultural connection with melodramatic poetry
or artistic narcissism
? Is it identification with Morrissey's lyrics of disenfranchisement
, or a rebellion against traditional Latin machismo
Is it the hair
It's the ten-year anniversary of NAFTA
this week. Has it been a success? [more inside].
CIA funds "alternative" media through nonprofit foundations?
"The multi-billion dollar Ford Foundation's historic relationship to the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] is rarely mentioned on Pacifica's DEMOCRACY NOW / Deep Dish TV show, on FAIR's COUNTERSPIN show, on the WORKING ASSETS RADIO show, on The Nation Institute's RADIO NATION show, on David Barsamian's ALTERNATIVE RADIO show or in the pages of PROGRESSIVE, MOTHER JONES and Z magazine. One reason may be because the Ford Foundation and other Establishment foundations subsidize the Establishment Left's alternative media gatekeepers / censors" -- heavy claims. A several part report, in considerable detail. My note - the Mexican PRI, when it ran Mexico, used to fund a whole constellation of Mexican Leftist groups - the threat of withdrawing funding $ proved a very effective way of keeping dissent within "safe" limits.
today a fellow mexican will be executed in texas
, for killing a cover agent 13 years ago… besides the mexican government, e.u. & u.n. are also calling for clemency; they argue that u.s. authorities denied him legal assistance from the consulate. right now, suárez medina only wants to die. the question is: isn't it better to die than be in prison all your life? i would prefer to be killed instead of living in jail more than 20 years. the sad about suárez medina case is that he has been in jail 13 years from now and anyway he is going to be killed! the texas government should have killed him immediately he was found guilty. “i prefer to die than spend the rest of my life here inside because here there is no life.” said suárez in an interview. in punishment standards i find worst to live in jail forever than being executed. what would be worst for you?
Today in Mexico, Pope removes chin from chest to canonize
the first Indian saint
The FT is running a series on immigration.
So far they've spotlighted Marseilles,
Mexican migrant workers,
E. Europeans in the West
and the expatriate S.
Africans, as well as done some broader analysis on the benefits
of immigration. (more inside :)
The Breakfast of Champions!
Drinking too much lately? Menudo (tripe) (not these guys
) has been touted as one of the best hangover cures
known to mankind (mefi'ers agree
). Not to be confused with its kinder
gentler cousin Posole
, Menudo is part of the canon of authentic Mexican food
(what mexicans eat).
One of the teams in the Mexico vs. USA World Cup game made history
. As of before the game, the USA has never won a knockout game of the World Cup - Mexico had never won a knockout game of the World Cup when not in Mexico. Click the article to see which team made history - or if you don't want it spoiled, don't click at all!
Deserts are dry? Sue.
"The families of 11 immigrants who died [while] illegally crossing into Arizona from Mexico have filed a $41 million claim against two federal agencies, saying the government's refusal to put water out in the desert contributed to the migrants' deaths." Do they have a case?
Utah politics you don't know whether to laugh or cry.
From Paul Rolly's column in the Salt Lake Tribune
"The Republican state convention delegate was discussing with a prominent Utah GOP elected officeholder the issue of immigration when the delegate whined that a fence should be constructed to span the entire USA-Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants.
"What happens when they climb the fence?" asked the politician.
"You electrify it," said the delegate. "Then they won't touch it."
"But what if they touch it? You would let them die?"
"It would be their choice," said the delegate.
"What about a mother with a baby strapped to her back? You would let the mother and the baby die?"
"It would be the mother's choice to kill that baby," said the delegate.
"Then you're in favor of abortion?" asked the officeholder.
50 foot long single spar crystals
found in a Mexican cave 1,000 feet below the surface! Smithsonian has links to other related sites. This one has pictues.
More pictures can be found in the April 2002 print issue of Smithsonian.
The Challenges of Modernizing Mexico,
or, How Do We Keep Our Village Elders From Burying People Alive?
Mexican government going to take care of unfinished business.
President Fox made this a major campaign promise and it looks like it's going to be one he's going to keep. Sounds like shades of Argentina and Chile. The only difference between Mexico and those places is that the head hombre in Mexico doesn't feel he owes the ones who were in power back when the murders took place anything. Interesting to see how this develops.
Narco corridos ("drug ballads")
, the modern variant of the traditional Mexican corrido, are often likened to gangsta rap-- the songs tend to glorify
drug traffickers, the most famous performers are mysteriously murdered
, and Mexican radio stations have banned them entirely
, hoping to curb drug-related violence. (And while I must sheepishly admit that I hadn't even heard of them until I heard this segment--an interview with Elijah Wald
[RA link] on NPR last week, I'm now obsessed.)
Plane crashes in Mexico, killing 19.
Despite a few early misleading reports, foul play is NOT suspected.
is a great new PBS show that I just got to see a preview of on my local Texas station. Try to catch it when it comes out nationally on August 30.
Bush people considering making all Mexican illegals citizens.
Three million Mexican illegals to be made citizens under this possible move. Guess who they will vote for?
In the desert on the U.S.-Mexico border, charity becomes political protest
as humanitarian groups seek to put hundreds of gallons of water in the form of "watering stations" -- a few gallons of water and a blue flag -- on federal, military, private, and Indian lands.
Summit of the Americas
A very complex set of issues that are being discussed in Canada, but for most of us, all we see presented is the police, the tear gassings, the forces gathered in protest. Here, a summary of the complex issues at stake and being discussed.
¿Headed south anytime soon?
This fun, if somewhat depressing, little site is the work of the South to the Future
gang. These wicked, evil folks have taken it upon themselves to try and educate
the masses here in the SF bay area. What troubles me is despite the pervasive nature of the dang ol' Innernet
on our everyday lives, I don't see a lot of people buying into causes of this nature. Maybe I am just jaded and exhausted from dodging SUVs all over town. I mean, there are a lot of hills in SF so why shouldn't people have monster 4X4s? On a lighter note, this seems to be a neat little side project
"This is a movement keenly aware of the power of words and symbols."
Naomi Klein on the Zapatistas
, and their "spokesperson", Subcomandante Marcos
. Lots of connections here: the "networked" approach to protest and rebellion that fuels the anti-corporate movement; the use of the internet as an agent of ideology; and most interestingly for me, the submergence of identity within the networked space. Two words: Luther Blissett
Strict environmental rules have reduced air pollution levels to below life-threatening levels, and produced this great headline too.
In 1545 and 1576, plagues swept across the Yucatan peninsual in Mexico and killed 17 million people, including 80 percent of the native Indians. The traditional view is that American Indians succumbed to European diseases to which they had no natural resistance. A new and subtle theory says that the plagues were not imported but were in fact of local origin.
It doesn't let the Europeans off the hook though.
This isn’t exactly hot news, but there hasn’t been much MeFi discussion of the long-awaited defeat of the PRI
in the Mexican elections.
Cinco de Mayo is the biggest day of the year for avocados
-- it is a Mexican holiday
, but a minor one
. It marks a May 5, 1862, victory by a small army of Mexican patriots and peasants over stronger French forces, but it's not Mexican Independence Day -- a common misconception among Cinco de Mayo partyers in the United States
. In the United States, it's become the Latin version of St. Patrick's Day -- largely because makers of beer, chips, salsa and tequila promote it heavily
as a reason to party.