Posts Tagged ‘Mexico’

Walmart Introduces Foreign Aid Program

April 25, 2012

Walmart Introduces Foreign Aid Program

Stung by bad publicity because of its Chinese sweatshops, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. decided to institute its own foreign aid program, beginning south of the border with its Wal-Mart de Mexico branch. The corporation generously donated $24 million to our southern neighbor. Unfortunately, the financial assistance consisted of illegal bribes to obtain construction permits for its stores across the country, which currently number 2,099.

Who says? Sergio Cicero Zapata, the lawyer who was in charge of making Wal-Mart’s bribes. These payments aren’t just against Mexican law; they’re illegal in the USA under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the law prohibiting bribes to officials of other countries.

How did Wal-Mart react when an internal investigation found this pattern of corruption? With a cover-up.

More:

“8 Revelations From Walmart’s Mexican Bribery Scandal,” Andrew Carter and Matthew DeLuca, Daily Beast

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Mexican Immigration to USA: Net-Zero

April 10, 2012

“The population of undocumented immigrants in the US fell from 12 million to approximately 11 million during the height of the financial crisis (2008-09) …. And since then, Mexicans without documents aren’t migrating at rates to replace the loss, creating a net zero balance for the first time in 50 years.”

“Home again in Mexico: Illegal immigration hits net zero,” Sara Miller Llana, Christian Science Monitor (citing Douglas Massey, Mexican Migration Project, Princeton University)

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US Police Export Guns to Mexican Drug Cartels

August 8, 2011

USA Police Export Guns to Mexico

The former mayor of Columbus, New Mexico has pleaded guilty to smuggling 200 guns across the U.S. border into Mexico to buyers in the La Línea drug cartel.  At least 12 of the weapons were used in murders. The 11 people charged with gun trafficking also include the Columbus police chief and a town trustee. The weapons, purchased from Arizona and New Mexico gun shops by “straw buyers,” were smuggled into Mexico using unmarked Columbus police vehicles.

The entire Columbus police force has been fired. Unfortunately, the firearms have been too, and people died.

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Seis de Mayo

May 6, 2011

Seis de Mayo

Last night, the 5th of May, millions of people commemorated the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla (1862) with volleys of shots — of tequila — bravura barrages of beer, and murderous margaritas. Unsurprisingly, this morning finds heads held hostage and stomachs seared from nacho napalm. Today’s Spanish vocabulary lesson: crudo means ” hangover.”

 If you celebrated Cinco de Mayo with cerveza, celebrate Seis de Mayo this morning with el desayuno de los campeones, the Breakfast of Champions. The traditional Mexican hangover cure is menudo tripe soup or stew.

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March 6, 1836. The Alamo. Remember?

March 6, 2011

March 6, 1836

March 6, 1836. The Battle of the Alamo. Remember? Gregory McNamee does:

“One hundred and seventy-five years ago, on March 6, 1836, some two hundred American immigrants died trying to secure the liberation of Texas from the sovereign nation of Mexico. They met their fate at an adobe mission in the heart of a little town called San Antonio, named El Alamo for the tall cottonwood trees surrounding it, a place that the Virginian Sam Houston had encouraged them to abandon in favor of a more easily defended place. James Bowie, William Travis, David Crockett, and their militiamen held out for almost two weeks, but in the end they indeed could not defend the low-walled mission, and a Mexican army led by Antonio López de Santa Anna overwhelmed them.”

— “Remembering the Alamo,” Gregory McNamee, Britannica Blog.

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Smugglers’ Siege Engine Propels Pot

February 25, 2011

 Smugglers' Siege Engine Propels Pot

Chivalry may be dead, but the Middle Ages are alive on the Mexican Border. Federales found a catapult used by drug smugglers to propel pot over the border fence and into the Arizona desert.  Cops captured the catapult and cannabis but the flingers fled. Anybody missing from the Centro de Estudios Medievales at the Universidad de Sonora?

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Day of the Dead – El Día de los Muertos

November 1, 2010

  Day of the Dead - El Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) or All Souls Day is November 2st this year, a Tuesday. Here in Washington, DC the Mexican Cultural Institute (Instituto de México, 2829 16th Street, NW) has a traditional Altar de Muertos, which also commemorates the centennial of the Mexican Revolution.

The day is well-appreciated on the Web. Start with Carlos Miller and the staff of the Arizona Republic; for more detail, see Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead by Stanley Brandes.

 

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Illegal Aliens. They’re American.

October 6, 2010

Illegal Aliens.They're American.

Mexico has an illegal alien problem. Most of Mexico’s illegal aliens are from the United States.

But it’s not really a problem. Despite what you read in the Washington Times and hear from Tea Party hate mongers, illegal immigration is a civil offense in Mexico, not a criminal one.* People who cross the border illegally or over-stay their visas are told to pay a small fine and fill out their papers. No one in Mexico goes to jail for simple immigration violations, and no one is deported.

 More:

“Mexico’s illegal immigrants? Americans.” Meghan Collins Sullivan, GlobalPost.

 

*Fact: It’s also a civil offense in the U.S., but you wouldn’t know that from all the rhetoric, detention centers, and deportations.

 

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Mexico. Hear It Now.

September 15, 2010

Mexico. Hear It Now

It’s the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain. Can’t get away to celebrate the bicentenary? You can still experience the sounds of Mexico via the Fonoteca Nacional, the National Audio Archive.

More:

“Mexico celebrates its unique street sounds this week,” Chris Hawley, USA Today.

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Mexican Space Patrol

April 29, 2010

Mexican Space Patrol

Laura Martinez informs us that Mexico’s Cámara de Diputados officially approved AEXA, the Mexican Space Agency (Agencia Espacial Mexicanalast week. Supporters included two space contractors and former NASA astronaut José Moreno Hernández. Chewy Pulido provides an artist’s concept of the first Mexican spaceship.

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