The here and now... and what and why
First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.
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If you are coming to Oaxaca, please contact me for tours or advice.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Here are some shots from both the DF and from Oaxaca. Can you tell what came from where?Jesus saves.... but Moses invests.Here is Oaxacan graffiti artist, Luis Rodriguez, who is working on codices now.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The headless organ grinderOranges and OnionsLennon overlooks the parkNote the classic tourist shot in the right hand corner, same as mine.
Lida has his own blog which is always interesting.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The area is full of nurseries, plants and flowers everywhere. Xochimilco has four different micro-climates and this one is absolutely perfect for growing things.The day we were there it was very quiet with primarily families on the boats. These kids were having a great time. Those are cempasuchitl (marigolds) in the background, peaking just in time for El Dia del Muertos in another ten days. I love this phrase carved into one of the boats. Loosely translated, it reads, "This is all I got for not studying (in school.)
Still, none of them came close to the moles I have eaten in Teotitlan del Valle made by Emelia Ruiz.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
MEXICO CITY — The governor of a southern Mexican state says he will not resign despite a Supreme Court ruling blaming him for rights abuses during deadly 2006 protests.
Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz says he respects the Supreme Court ruling but disagrees with it. He says he has no intention of resigning.
Ruiz spoke to reporters Friday, two days after the Supreme Court ruled that he had "plain responsibility" for the 2006 conflict that paralyzed Oaxaca's picturesque colonial capital and left at least a dozen dead.
The ruling has no binding consequences but carries moral weight.
The conflict started as a teachers' strike and quickly ballooned into a broader movement to demand Ruiz's resignation over allegations that he rigged his electoral victory.
With an historic 7-4 vote the Supreme Court of Mexico this week held responsible Governor Ulises Ruiz (URO) of Oaxaca for violations of human rights. Rejecting the opinion of Justice Mariano Azuela, the Court, for only the second time, blames a sitting governor for violating citizen’s individual rights. The one previous condemnation followed a massacre of seventeen campesinos in Guerrero in 1995. The governor later resigned.
The present ruling justifies the claims of violations of many civil society organizations, the APPO (Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca), and Section 22 of SNTE (National Education Workers Union). The teachers union now hold symbolic leadership of the struggle for social justice in Oaxaca.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Over 1,800 people have been killed in drug-related violence this year in the city of Ciudad Juarez alone, right across the border from El Paso, the Guardian reports. Local newspapers call the situation "criminal anarchy"; a government human rights investigator who recently fled to El Paso to escape death threats suspects many of the executions represent "social cleansing" by the Army, murdering drug addicts, street kids, and other vulnerable targets.
So, what should America do? Should we deploy troops to northern Mexico, employing an extensive counterinsurgency strategy to hunt down drug gangs and protect local populations, and send thousands of aid workers to establish jobs programmes and reduce corruption in the Mexican government? Most Americans would treat such a proposal as absurd. And rightly so.
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