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Indigenous Mexicans turn inward to survive COVID-19, barricading villages and growing their own food

Zapotec farmers return from their ‘milpa,’ the garden plots that provide much of the communities’ food, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jeffrey H. Cohen, CC BY-SA While the coronavirus hammers Mexico, some Indigenous communities in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca are finding creative ways to cope. Oaxaca, one...

Latin America current epidemic battleground

Latin America is becoming the epicenter battleground for the Covid-19 pandemic, with sharply rising numbers of infections and deaths. Yet scant testing services in many areas mask the true extent of the crisis. Brazil has 2.6 million Covid-19 infections which have resulted in more than...

Covid-19 spike pushes Mexico to sixth place in infections

(Q24N) The cases of Covid-19 keep rising and rising in Mexico. Friday, July 31, set the single-day record so far, with 8,458 new cases. Fatalities have now overtaken the United Kingdom. Mexico has recorded 439,036 cases and 47,746 fatalities (Aug 3) in the five months...

(Photos) Coronavirus overwhelms cemetery in Mexico

Mexico is one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus. The death rate in the city of Neyahualcoyotl has left the municipal cemetery struggling. Photographer Jonathan Alpeyrie documented the desperate scenes. No space for the dead At the municipal cemetery in the city of Nezahualcoyotl,...

Sinaloa Cartel ring leader in Costa Rica is sentenced to 12 years in prison

Antonio León Rojas, a Mexican national and member of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Costa Rica, where he was accused of possessing, transporting, and commercializing (trafficking) cocaine. Authorities said he operated cocaine trafficking from Colombia to Mexico through Costa...

Food banks are a lifeline for Mexico’s needy, and never more than during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every Friday, early in the morning, Arsenia Cortes packs two huge nylon bags in her worn backpack and sets off on her journey. It takes the 47-year-old Mexican a full hour from her village of Amozoc to the provincial capital Puebla, and she has...

Militarized Mexico is Starting to Look Like Venezuela

(Panampost.com) On Friday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador signed an agreement that “extraordinarily” hands over the country’s public security tasks to the Armed Forces. It is the militarization of the State, de facto and de jure: while the López Obrador government has assigned public...

Mexican factories risk workers’ lives

Workers at factories in Tijuana manufacturing for Hyundai, Roger's, Carso, Safran, Hisense and Ontex have all staged protests in recent days, according to journalist Alfredo Alvarez. Luis Hernandez, who heads the Manufacturing and Export Industry Association (Index) in the Mexican state of Baja California, said...

Mexico drug cartels turn charities in coronavirus pandemic

Alejandrina Guzman, the daughter of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, has distributed boxes with groceries to elderly and impoverished people who lack food during the coronavirus pandemic while her father sits behind bars in the United States. Media in Mexico have labeled...

Mexico Stops Brewing Corona Beer

Mexico's Grupo Modelo said last week it will temporarily stop brewing Corona beer and other brands exported to 180 countries after its business activities were declared non-essential under a government order aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. The Mexican government this week declared...

Why does Panama have many more cases of coronavirus than Costa Rica?

Panama registered its first case of the new coronavirus three days after Costa Rica, on March 9, but as of Friday, April 3, the neighboring country has four times more cases and 20 times more deaths. Why so much difference between the two countries? In Costa...

Lighter Side: Why are Mexicans immune to COVID-19?

Despite being neighbor to the country with most people infected by the coronavirus, according to official figures, Mexico is still one of the least affected, even though they are already in stage two. Paola Castillo explains the reasons, "Mexico acted before the other countries, enacting...

“The poor are immune”: why the false version that coronavirus is a disease of the rich circulates in Mexico

The prejudices and social stigmas in the midst of the pandemic have been present in the population of Mexico and unfortunately also in politics and governors, such as Miguel Barbosa, of Puebla, who this Wednesday said that the poor of Mexico did not have...

Mexican superhero Susana Distancia swoops in to promote social distancing

Superman, Batman and now Susana Distancia! Mexico is trying a novel approach to try and get its citizens to listen to coronavirus health advice and it looks like she's caught people's attention. Mexico has invented a superhero cartoon character to remind people to keep apart...

Coronavirus exposes Latin American tourism to an economic earthquake

The llamas of Machu Picchu will be able to graze freely and without fear of selfies for at least 15 days. The coronavirus crisis has reached the heights of the busy Inca citadel, which this week has hung the closed sign. The tranquility of animals...

El Salvador accuses Mexico of sending it 12 coronavirus patients

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele on Monday accused Mexico of allowing a dozen confirmed coronavirus cases to board a flight due to leave Mexico City for San Salvador, and said he had suspended all passenger air travel with immediate effect. Bukele, who made the assertion...

Mexico reports its sixth case of coronavirus

(Reuters) - Mexican authorities on Friday said they have identified a sixth person infected with coronavirus, a 71-year-old man in the State of Mexico who recently traveled to northern Italy. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said the man, who suffers from hypertension, arrived in Mexico...

Chile and Argentina Report First Confirmed Cases of the Coronavirus

Chile confirmed on Tuesday the first positive case of the novel coronavirus in the country: a 33-year-old man who traveled for about a month to Singapore, Health Minister Jaime Mañalich confirmed. "We have to confirm that we have the first case for coronavirus in our...

Coronavirus: Nicaragua has not established protocol or will quarantine

Nicaragua’s Minister of Health, Carolina Dávila Murillo, informed through the official media, that the government of Daniel Ortega will not interpose any quarantine to those who enter Nicaragua, including from countries that have positive cases of the new coronavirus, covid19. “Nicaragua has not established or...

Mexico Confirms First Cases Of Coronavirus

The government of Mexico confirmed on Friday it had detected the first two cases of coronavirus infection in two men who had recently traveled to Italy. Mexico is the second in Latin America country to register the virus; Brazil was the first making the announcement...

13 Spanish words and expressions used in American English

Languages can be very generous. They usually lend words to each other. For example, in Spanish, we use many English words such as email, link, ok, bye ... We also transform them and play "soccer", eat "hamburgers" and even "Google". But what happens the other...

I’ll be Back’: Morales Builds Opposition & Prepares MAS for Bolivian Vote

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has not given up his political activity after fleeing the country. Argentine political analyst Gonzalo Fiore Viani has explained how Buenos Aires sees Morales' attempts to maintain control over the situation in Bolivia and how the Fernandez government could...

Mexican President says Bolivia’s leader Morales was a ‘victim of a coup’

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday that former Bolivian leader Evo Morales was the "victim of a coup d'etat" and described him as "our brother." Lopez Obrador made the declaration as he celebrated his first year in office with a speech to crowds of supporters in...

Cartel sieges leave Mexicans wondering if criminals run the country

Recent deadly attacks by criminal organizations have instilled fear across Mexico. In mid-October, shootouts between cartels and police in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán killed over 30 people. And a 12-hour criminal assault on Culiacán, Sinaloa, after Mexican security forces captured the son of...

Evo Morales Says the U.S. Offered Him Plane to Leave Bolivia

(Reuters) - Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said in an interview with Reuters in Mexico City on Friday that the United States had offered a plane to get him out of Bolivia. Morales resigned under pressure earlier this week and fled Bolivia after protests and...

Evo Morales Calls It Quits, Bolivians Celebrate

Evo Morales will be granted asylum in Mexico after the former Bolivian president made a request to live in the country, a top official confirmed Monday. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters: "Several minutes ago I received a phone call from Evo Morales in which...

Mexico Gunmen Kill US Mormon Family

Three women and six children were killed in a drug cartel attack on a Mormon family, reported to have dual citizenship, in northern Mexico, Mexico's security minister, Alfonso Durazo, said Tuesday. Family members of the victims suspect the incident may have been a case of...

Migrant Children Trapped in Mexico Are Leaving Their Families and Crossing the Border Alone

Children of migrants, trapped in Mexico by the U.S. government’s so-called Migrant Protection Protocols, are leaving their parents and presenting themselves at the border alone. “Se están tirando,” people say about these children — Spanish for “they’re throwing themselves,” or “they’re launching,” and the phrase...

Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica Lead Latin America In Doing Business

The ease of doing business in Latin America has improved over the past 15 years, by halving the number of days it takes to start a business a little more than a month on average, according to the World Bank's Doing Business annual report. Brazil...

Follow the Money: Through Costa Rica Chavez Leaders Received Money From Mexican Cartels

Spain's ABC news (ABC.es) reveals that leaders of the Venezuelan government would have received money from the Mexican narco through Costa Rica. According to the report, apparently, the cash "was in payment for drug shipments sent by Chavez leaders," adds the publication based on information...

“Reina del Sur Tica” Opens The Way For Women In Costa Rica’s Narco World

The “success” that Cristel Gómez Espinoza, known as the "Reina del Sur Tica" (Cost Rican Queen of The South), as a powerful narco leader, would be a motivation for other women to follow her in the dangerous 'narco' - the world of drug trafficking. At...

Mexican women are angry about rape, murder and government neglect – and they want the world to know

Wearing green bandannas and dousing police in pink glitter, Mexican women on Aug. 16 staged a furious protest in Mexico City after a 17-year-old girl reported being raped by four police officers earlier in the month. Officials have sent mixed signals about ongoing investigations of...

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