News and Analysis: Mexico
As Mexico celebrates its bicentennial, 200 years since the famous "grito" for independence was heard, Mexico finds itself amidst another period of crisis. In the last year, there has been a 14 percent rise in kidnappings while, remittances, which are Mexico's number two source of foreign income after oil exports, have plummeted 18 percent.
After the 1910 Mexican Revolution, a movement of muralists and artists arose that depicted the class inequalities and historic suffering of the Mexican peasants and workers. Much of this art took a clear political line that identified with these oppressed sectors and condemned the country's ruling class.
Many were ecstatic in 2006 when Dr. Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to promote economic and social development in oppressed countries through small loans--microloans--made to individuals to start small businesses.
The author grew up in Calexico, California. Mark Twain once stated, "God created war so that Americans would learn geography." Due to recent events, "earthquakes" can be added to that statement. In the past few months, the U.
On Dec. 21, the Mexico City assembly passed a law granting same-sex couples the right to marriage. The law redefines marriage from heterosexual-specific to "the free uniting of two people." The bill, which passed with a 39-20 vote, also authorizes same-sex couples to adopt children.