Para muchos extranjeros, las formas amables de los mexicanos son una hipérbole curiosa y entrañable que, en muy pocas ocasiones, puede resultar molesta. Un amigo catalán se burlaba del barroquismo con el que pedimos la cuenta en un restaurante: “Disculpe, le podría encargar la cuenta de favor, ¡muchas gracias!”.
“There's just so many ways that we need to go about it. I know that it's often said that teen pregnancy is a cause of poverty. But I'm thinking this is something that exists before the pregnancy in many cases. And so that's something that we need to go to the root of. It's not enough to say that if we are to reduce teen pregnancy rates that it's going to solve that issue of poverty among Latinos.”1
A gas explosion became global news on Thursday January 29th when a routine delivery went devastatingly wrong, leveling a maternity hospital in west Mexico City, instantaneously killing three and injuring many more. Around 7 a.m. on Thursday, a hose burst on a truck supplying gas to the Cuajimalpa Maternal and Children’s Hospital. More than 100 people were inside at the time.1
Millions of Latin Americans struggle with obesity, an epidemic that has hit this region with a stronger impact than most others in the developing world.
Last week reporter Carmen Aristegui of the Mexican news station MVS was released from her position with the company. Aristegui is known for her reports on governmental corruption and is regard as one of the top reporters in Mexico. The firing comes several months after the reporter aired a report accusing President Nieto and his wife of corruption. Aristegui believes her firing was backed by the president and has announced that she will appeal her removal from MVS.
Hace unos días Monte Alejandro Rubido, Comisionado Nacional de Seguridad, declaró al periódico español El Mundo que las 23 mil personas que la ONU menciona en su informe no son desaparecidas, más bien “no localizadas”. Explicó la diferencia de la siguiente manera:
“Tenemos que hacerlo, no hay paso atrás”. Con esas palabras contundentes, una comisión de padres de los normalistas desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa dio la aprobación final a la instalación del Antimonumento +43. Después de meses de planeación y trabajo, a los integrantes de la llamada Comisión +43 sólo le restaba lo más difícil, instalarlo.
Statistics from the UNDOC routinely rank Latin America as the most violent region in the world, and more than 150,000 people died from homicide in the Americas in 2012. In Brazil alone, more than 50,000 people were victims of homicide in 2012, more than triple the number in the U.S. (UNDOC, 2013). The crime epidemic that has arisen in the past decade in Latin America has resulted in the militarization of conflict, most exemplified by the Mexican government in its ongoing battle with drug cartels.
“Reality is so bereft of humanity, so barbaric, that we cannot grasp it without the delicacy of art. Through art we can feel the loss, and we can understand it without falling prey to sensationalism,” explained filmmaker Lourdes Portillo when I interviewed to her in 2009. My whole life has been shaped by art and literature, and it is no coincidence that one documentary – Lorudes Portillo’s Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman, 2001) – changed the course of my life.