February 9, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY — The State Department advised Americans this week to defer "non-essential travel" to vast stretches of Mexico, warning that 14 of the country's 31 states are so dangerous that visitors should avoid them if at all possible. For four other states, it counseled caution or extreme caution. The travel warning is at once broader, more detailed and more alarming than the previous one for Mexico, issued in April. The new warning became public as Mexican troops announced Thursday that they had seized 15 tons of...
January 26, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY — With the Iraq war over and the American presence waning in Afghanistan, U.S. security contractors are looking for new prospects in Mexico, where spreading criminal violence has created a growing demand for battle-ready professionals. After years of lucrative work in the Middle East and Central Asia, where their presence has been occasionally marred by incidents of excessive force and misconduct, contractors and private security firms of varying sizes and specialties are being...
November 4, 2011
Having been an exchange student in Mexico City (and coming down to breakfast on Oct. 31 to find a small, brightly painted wooden coffin, with a plastic skeleton inside, at my place setting), I was interested to read the "Letter from Mexico" regarding the papier-mâché "alebrijes" in Mexico City. The graphic above the article drew a line between "Letter from Mexico" and a big red dot on the map. However, not only did the placement of the dot miss Mexico City, it missed Mexico altogether.
May 3, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY — For generations, Mexico has been widely seen in the United States as a Third World neighbor, a source of cheap labor, illegal immigration and drugs. But now, Mexico's growing economic might is transforming relations between the two countries, foreshadowing a new balance of power that was hinted at in President Obama's visit to the region Thursday and Friday. Despite growing concerns among U.S. officials that Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, might scale back coordinated efforts to stop the...
April 12, 2008 |
Cardinal Ernesto Corripio Ahumada, who helped establish renewed Vatican relations with Mexico's government, died April 10 at his Mexico City home. He was 88. Cardinal Corripio died of complications from heart problems, thrombosis and diabetes, said the Rev. Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Mexico City Archdiocese. The archbishop was known for his skill at balancing relations between the Church and the state and was the country's most visible cardinal when Mexico reestablished formal...
August 24, 2008
SPANISH SCHOOLS: I booked through Spanish Abroad (888-722-7623, http://www.spanishabroad.com ), which offers language programs around the world. In Mexico City, I took classes at International House Mexico (Alfonso Reyes 224, http://www.ihmexico.com ), part of a worldwide network of learning institutes. The school, which sits in the student-friendly neighborhood of La Condesa (Starbucks, bakeries), has classrooms and a computer center with free Internet. The one-week package, including 20 hours of group...