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Mexico must manage its reserves well to transition to a sustainable energy future. Mexico must manage its reserves well to transition to a sustainable energy future. EPA/Pemex

Mexican energy reform may be a bridge to a low carbon economy – or a fossil fuel past

Following President Lázaro Cárdenas’ expropriation of foreign oil company assets in 1938, the oil industry has been a symbol of Mexican sovereignty. This made the state oil firm Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex…
Mattresses thrown over a playground at the Gran Familia children’s home, Zamora. Mattresses thrown over a playground at the Gran Familia children’s home, Zamora. EPA

Millions of Mexican minors work to survive or risk lives to escape

The recent rescue of 458 children and 138 adults from the Gran Familia refuge in the city of Zamora in the state of Michoacán is another grim illustration of the plight of many unprotected and vulnerable…
Carlos Slim will simply stick his fingers into different pies. Carlos Slim will simply stick his fingers into different pies. EPA

Carlos Slim’s empire broken up but oligarchs still control Mexico

Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim, the world’s second richest man, has announced he intends to break up his América Móvil telecoms empire to comply with anti-trust reforms introduced by the country’s…
Cabo Pulmo, in its current, concrete-free incarnation. Cabo Pulmo, in its current, concrete-free incarnation. Alan Harper

Mexican mega-hotel rises from the dead to threaten biodiversity hotspot once again

When former Mexican president Felipe Calderon shut down the development of a planned US$2 billion, 4,000 hectare hotel mega-resort in 2012, it looked as though the extraordinary diversity of the Cabo Pulmo…
Mexicans are taking matters into their own hands. Mexicans are taking matters into their own hands. Esther Vargas

Vigilantes patrol as Mexico concludes its energy reform

In 2013, Mexico signed into law an important and controversial set of structural reforms, one of which opens the way for foreign companies to profit from Mexico’s oil holdings. An article in The Economist…
Mexico’s Zapatistas are one of the world’s longest running active revolutionary groups. But who are they, and what are they fighting for? Mexico’s Zapatistas are one of the world’s longest running active revolutionary groups. But who are they, and what are they fighting for? EPA/Jorge Núñez

Mexico’s masked Marxists: meet the Zapatistas

On New Year’s Day 1994, the world was taken by surprise. A group of indigenous people staged a rebellion against a Mexican state that had continued the trajectory of racism, neglect, genocide and exploitation…
Toddling to the barricades. Toddling to the barricades. oudodou

Mexican elites worry as protestors evoke spirit of 68

On this day, 45 years ago, hundreds of peaceful protestors were massacred by the government in Mexico City. With worsening poverty, repressive government and no democratic outlet, all the conditions are…
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has changed his password. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has changed his password. White House

NSA can’t decide if Mexico is friend or foe

Mexico is the latest country to be caught up in the NSA leaks story. It seems the agency had access to president Enrique Peña Nieto’s email account while he was running for office last year. The disclosure…
Many Mexicans want to legalise. But then what? Many Mexicans want to legalise. But then what? Vincent Guérault

Legalising marijuana is no easy fix for Mexico’s drug problem

Calls for the legalisation of marijuana in the Americas have gathered pace in recent years. Nearly half US states have decreed in favour of the legal use of medical marijuana and last month Uruguay was…
Fact meets fiction. Fact meets fiction. Ian S

Tragic realism: the rise of Mexican narcoliterature

Crime fiction has become a truly global genre. Books based in Reykjavik, Oslo, or Barcelona now vie with home-grown works set in more recognisable, down-at-heel locations like Manchester or Northampton…
And you think your neighbours are bad: millions live alongside active volcanoes. And you think your neighbours are bad: millions live alongside active volcanoes. Smithsonian Institute Global Volcanism Program

Mexico’s smoking giant El Popo lights up again

The Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico is throwing out plumes of smoke and ash, an eruption that threatens the one million inhabitants of the towns and villages nearby. Mexico City, the world’s third largest…
Bumping into a jaguar in Mexico’s cloud forest could soon be a thing of the past. Bumping into a jaguar in Mexico’s cloud forest could soon be a thing of the past. Kjersti Holmang/Wikimedia Commons

Head in the clouds: reserves won’t save Mexico’s forest

The chances of being roared at by a jaguar in a Mexican cloud forest are already low, but that is precisely what happened to me during a recent fieldwork expedition. I was very lucky to see a jaguar close…
Julia Gillard and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono both acknowledge the importance of a strong relationship between Australia and Indonesia. Julia Gillard and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono both acknowledge the importance of a strong relationship between Australia and Indonesia. AAP

Growth in our MIST: the economic bloc to watch

Trade liberalisation has pulled many developing countries into emerging markets in the last decade. Jim O’Neil, an economist and chairman of Goldman Sachs, who forecast global economic domination by certain…
Threats of exposure have been met with threats of murder – or so it seems. Threats of exposure have been met with threats of murder – or so it seems. Eneas.

Anonymous versus Los Zetas drug cartel … a merry Mexican dance

In recent weeks, the fractured nature of Anonymous, the hacktivist collective, has come to the fore after it declared war on Los Zetas, a Mexican drug cartel. Dubbed “Operation Cartel”, it was announced…

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