By Mariela Rosario | 10/13/2009 - 10:30
Mayan elder Apolinario Chile Pixtun is so over being asked about the end of the world. "I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff," Pixtun says. But it doesn't look as though the frantic anxiety about the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 is going to let up anytime soon. With a blockbuster film entitled 2012 on the way and new websites being dedicated to the impending apocalypse every day, now, more than ever, the idea seems to be gaining momentum.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/09/2009 - 09:27
- President Obama shocked the world this morning when it was announced that he won the Nobel Peace Prize for diplomacy, just nine months into his presidency. The Nobel Committee said of the president: “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/07/2009 - 14:10
Gabriel García Márquez's novel Memories of My Melancholy Whores tells the tale of a 90-year-old man who, for his birthday, gives himself one evening of “wild love with an adolescent virgin.” Codirector and producer Ricardo del Rio is attempting to bring the famed author's vision to life and is in the process of filming an adaptation of the book.
By Angelique Serrano | 10/05/2009 - 13:41
One of Mary Kay’s best-selling products stateside is also a blockbuster seller in Mexico. Their Oil-Free Makeup Remover ($14, marykay.com to locate an Independent Beauty Consultant near you) is a customer favorite that continues to deliver both profits and results. The oil-free formula is moisturizing, yet not greasy, and it can handle the toughest remnants of last night’s smoky-eye makeup in seconds. How’s that for a wise investment?
By Mariela Rosario | 08/31/2009 - 10:23
Thousands of people gathered on Saturday in Mexico City to honor what would have been the 51st birthday of the king of pop, Michael Jackson.
Officials say that around 50,000 people came together, including upwards of 12,000 dancers to retrace the dance steps made famous around the world by the music video for Jackson’s "Thriller.” Men, women and children joined in the action, coming in costume and some getting their faces painted to reflect the ghoulish theme of the song.
By Grace Bastidas | 08/17/2009 - 10:52
In case you missed it, the Travel section of Sunday’s New York Times included a story on Los Angeles’ corridos (and narcocorridos) scene. Writer Lawrence Downes follows the “sounds of the Mexican countryside” across “clubs, bars, swap meets and concert halls.”
By Mariela Rosario | 08/11/2009 - 12:56
Since 1993, countless women have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez, their bodies displaying signs of sexual abuse and torture, dumped in empty lots and ditches around the city. Most of the murders remain unsolved, even after the creation of a special prosecutor's office to look into the crimes. After a spike in media interest in the story back in 2006—culminating in 2007 with the publication of Daughters of Juarez, a book by journalist Teresa Rodriguez—these women were forgotten.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 08/10/2009 - 17:15
President Barack Obama completed a two-day trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he took part in a summit—dubbed the Three Amigos' summit—with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The three met today to discuss, among other things, their commitment to fighting swine flu and climate change. In a joint statement, they said their countries will collaborate to combat the threats.
By Anabell Romero | 07/30/2009 - 11:46
The home of the police commander of Veracruz, Mexico, Jesus Antonio Romero, was set on fire on Wednesday morning, killing him and his family. Romero had just recently been appointed operations chief for the joint police force of Veracruz and Boca del Rio when an unknown number of gunmen attacked his home.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/22/2009 - 09:32
It sounds like a scene straight out of a movie, but reality is sometimes even stranger than fiction. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal exposed the over-the-top luxuries enjoyed by some of Mexico's biggest drug kingpins. From leopard-skin Rolex watches to endangered species, it seems that for Mexico's head honchos, nothing is too rare, expensive or ostentatious to collect.