First Week of the ‘New’ Old in Mexico

First Week of the ‘New’ Old in Mexico

It was a big weekend in Mexican history, one that I spent in blissful, disconnected ignorance with some friends in the mountainous jungle that surrounds Xalapa. Meanwhile, back in Mexico City some self-proclaimed anarchists were partying like it was 1999 — at...

Loud Gringos

(I should mention, incidentally, that there is nothing louder than a group of gringos who, when convened in public, somehow feel the need to show off what a marvelous time they are having, with eruptions of offensively loud cackles. It’s their money, they can...
[Analysis] Mexican Elections 2012

[Analysis] Mexican Elections 2012

How Mexico’s 2012 presidential election brought back the “Institutional Revolutionary Party” and how it divided the country into two: one informed by telenovelas and broadcast news, the other informed by blogs and social networks. I was taken by...
Helping Politicians Keep Their Promises

Helping Politicians Keep Their Promises

Politicians love to make promises. Here in Mexico, presidential contender Enrique Peña Nieto even spent the morning of the first official day of campaigning at a public notary’s office where he signed his name next to his first three campaign promises. But...
[Translation] The Military and the Homicide Rate in Mexico: A Meditation

Fame, Followers, Anonymity and Activism

What follows is more or less a rough approximation of my notes for a presentation I gave on Monday at a conference organized by the United Nations Development Program and the Institute for Elections and Citizen Participation of Jalisco. The panel, “Technological...