Assange, ayahuasca and agriculture: the week at the mañaneras
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by MND Staff
3h ago
President López Obrador inspected progress on the construction of the Maya Train railroad from the vantage point of an aircraft last Sunday, but come Monday morning he was back on the ground in Mexico City to begin another week of daybreak dialogue with reporters. Monday Early in his press conference, AMLO offered his condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of an army colonel who was killed, and a captain who was wounded, in an ambush last Saturday in Michoacán that was allegedly perpetrated by members of the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG. Campeche governor Layda ..read more
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A gringa experiences her first quinceañera celebration
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by Leigh Thelmadatter
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This month, my sister, niece and I had the honor of being invited to the quinceañera party of my husband Alex’s godchild, Valeria. I already knew that it is a rather elaborate rite of passage for girls in Mexico, and I did a little research before going, but I still found the experience both moving and, shall we say, peculiar.  At its core, it is the coming-of-age for teen girls. Nothing weird about this as many cultures have something similar for teens, like bar/bat mitzvahs and high school proms. The closest event to it north-of-the-border is the Sweet 16 party, which I understand from ..read more
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Crema puts the finishing touch
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by Janet Blaser
3h ago
I’d probably been in Mazatlán less than a month and was reveling in the discovery of all my new hometown had to offer. At that time, there were a few small grocery stores scattered in the Centro Historico — bigger than the little tiendas but smaller than a big chain store.  I stopped in at one, looking for unsweetened yogurt, at that time almost impossible to find. Lo and behold, there in the refrigerated dairy section was a big container of what I thought was plain yogurt.  The next morning, I made myself a bowl of granola, fruit and the yogurt; hmmm, I thought, this is very rich! I ..read more
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‘Unschooling’ in Mexico presents families with both rewards and challenges
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by Sarah DeVries
3h ago
“Mommy, how did I learn to be so good at sharing?”  This is a question that my daughter asks me once in a while, usually after having spent some time being kind to toddlers, who I think we can all agree are basically really cute and tiny psychopaths.  My daughter’s question is adorable in its naked attempt to solicit praise, but it’s also a request for an origin story, or at least an origin anecdote.  “You learned at maternal, sweetie,” I say, remembering the nursery we began taking her to when she was eight months old.  I remember feeling such a strong sensation of guilt a ..read more
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Beached dolphin rescue a win for Puerto Progreso’s ‘Eco Police’ force
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by MND Staff
3h ago
The headline in one Mexican newspaper screamed “¡Heróes!” following their rescue of a beached dolphin in Progreso, Yucatán, this week. The relatively new Progreso Ecological Police rescue unit responded quickly after receiving an emergency call Thursday afternoon, saying that a dolphin was in the sand along the International Malecón, or beachside promenade. Reportedly measuring 2.7 meters (9 feet) and weighing 100 kilograms (220 pounds), the dolphin was initially kept alive by the responding Ecological Police officers, then subsequently carried back into the sea by specialized personnel from t ..read more
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Isla Guadalupe waters closed to shark diving
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by MND Staff
3h ago
Since Jan. 10, white shark observation near the island of Isla Guadalupe in Baja California for has been banned indefinitely both for tourists and commercial film productions. According to Mexico’s new rules in the Isla Guadalupe Biosphere Reserve Management Program, the closure is intended “to avoid altering [the white shark] habitat, behavior and feeding sites and thereby preserve and conserve the species.” However, local tour operators are concerned that the new management plan, while well-intended, does not have any provision to protect the sharks and prevent illegal fishing. The island wa ..read more
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US to implement fast-track asylum screenings at border with Mexico
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by MND Staff
3h ago
The United States is set to start using fast-track asylum screenings at its border with Mexico, the news agency Reuters reported Thursday. Citing five unnamed sources including United States officials, Reuters said that the move is part of U.S. President Joe Biden’s efforts to combat the record high level of illegal crossings into the U.S. from Mexico. Amid calls for the United States government to do more to stop illegal immigration via Mexico, Biden visited the border earlier this month. The Reuters sources said that the rapid screenings would determine whether migrants arriving at the U.S ..read more
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First week in García Luna trial puts former capos and cops on stand
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by MND Staff
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Former cartel bosses, drug traffickers and police officers took the stand during the first week of the Genaro García Luna trial in the United States, which began on Monday in Brooklyn, New York.  García Luna, who served as head of Mexico’s now-defunct law enforcement agency the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) under former president Vicente Fox and was security minister under former president Felipe Calderón from 2006 to 2012, is being accused of drug trafficking, accepting multimillion-dollar bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel and intimidating journalists and potential witnesses.  He ..read more
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Want to connect with hidden wildlife in your yard? Try Mexican fruit!
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by John Pint
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Before I married a Mexican, my typical breakfast consisted of a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal. The closest I came to fruit for breakfast was half a banana unceremoniously dumped into the bowl — unless you count the raisins in my Raisin Bran, but they were hard and shriveled, no more attractive than those rabbit droppings euphemistically referred to as “lawn chocolates.” This, I eventually discovered, is no way to start the day from a Mexican woman’s point of view!  Every morning, my wife Susy places before me la pièce de résistance of a good and proper Mexican breakfast: el plato de ..read more
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Take a tour of US $6.25 MN ex-hacienda listed in San Miguel de Allende
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by Sarah Bender
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From brand partner | CDR San Miguel | Forbes Global Properties After savoring some delicious Mexican cuisine in San Miguel’s lively and colorful main square (known as El Jardín), take a leisurely stroll down the famous cobbled streets and there you will find Casa Palikao. Unassuming from the outside, you’re greeted by an inscription on the door – “Año de 1764” – which gives you a sense of what’s to come. There are a few exceptional places that you walk into and you’re immediately transported to another era. Casa Palikao is one of these. It’s easy to imagine the grand parties and lavish celebra ..read more
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