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A Test in Language Immersion

Megan Barreto | Posted 09.02.2012 | Latino Voices
Megan Barreto

This summer, I'm living in México City, México with my two children. We're gringos, all the way from Warrenton, Virginia - one of those American to...

PHOTOS: Modern Day Exorcism Performed In Mexico City

Posted 01.25.2012 | Religion

The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia describes an exorcism as "the act of driving out, or warding off, demons, or evil spirits, from persons, places, ...

Maldita Vecindad is ready to rock the Latin Alternative Music Conference

NJ.com | NJ.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Genre-hopping Mexico City band Maldita Vecindad (from left, Aldo, Pato, Roco and Sax) will perform in New York on Saturday as part of the Latin Al...

Madonna, Beyonce added to Haiti telethon; "We Are the World" remake planned

NJ.com | NJ.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Eduardo Verdugo/APMadonna, shown performing in Mexico City in November 2008, will perform on the Jan. 22 "Hope For Haiti Now" telethon Madonna, Be...

New owners take control of Vail Plaza Hotel Wednesday

Vail Daily. | Vail Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

VAIL - Ferruco Vail Ventures, a family-run investment group based Mexico City, will assume ownership of The Vail Plaza Hotel and Club Jan. 20...

Mexico City Approves Gay Marriage

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MEXICO CITY — Mexico City lawmakers on Monday made the city the first in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, a change that will give ho...

Castro's sister says she collaborated with CIA

AP | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MIAMI — One of Fidel Castro's sisters says in a memoir released Monday that she collaborated with the CIA against her brother, starting shortly after the United States' failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.

Juanita Castro, 76, initially supported her brother's 1959 overthrow of the Batista dictatorship but quickly grew disillusioned. In a Spanish-language memoir published by Santillana USA and co-written by journalist Maria Antonieta Collins, she says the wife of the Brazilian ambassador to Cuba persuaded her to meet a CIA officer during a trip to Mexico in 1961.

By then, her house had already become a sanctuary for anti-communists, and Fidel Castro had warned her about getting involved with the "gusanos," or worms, as those who opposed the revolution were called.

Castro said in the book, "My Brothers Fidel and Raul. The Secret Story," that she traveled to Mexico City under the pretense of visiting her younger sister Enma. There she also secretly met a CIA officer who identified himself as "Enrique" at the elegant Camino Real hotel.

A spokesman for the CIA in Langley, Va., declined to comment on Castro's account.

One Step Closer to Marriage in Mexico

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

 Gay people in Mexico City took one step closer to marriage equality Tuesday after officials put the law passed earlier this month formally on the bo...

Looking for La Santa Muerte

The Aspen Times | Aspen Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MEXICO CITY - "I may be big but I'm very scared," Jorge says as we work our way through a series of narrow streets near the historic Zcalo p...

Teller: Didn't think Texas mayor would break law

AP | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The outspoken mayor of a U.S.-Mexico border city deposited a $26,000 check from the city to a vendor in his personal account last year and attempted to discredit the investigation when it came to light, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada, who is on trial for a variety of charges including theft, spent more than $5,000 over three weeks after putting the check into his account, authorities said.

During that time, prosecutor Luis Saenz told jurors, "nobody knows anything except the defendant," and then when it was revealed "Patricio Ahumada engages in a campaign to discredit the investigation."

Ahumada initially said he did not remember depositing the check. When the bank notified him three weeks after the deposit he asked the bank to investigate because he believed political enemies could be setting him up.

It was "an innocent mistake" by a busy mayor on his way to Mexico on city business, his attorney Ed Cyganiewicz said Tuesday.

Jewish billionaire dies in Mexico helicopter crash

Haaretz. | Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Mexican Jewish billionaire Moises Saba was killed along with four others in a helicopter crash in Mexico City Sunday night, the Mexican television...

AeroMexico resumes daily Denver flight

Denver Business Journal | Denver Business Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Hoping to take advantage of vacation travelers heading in both directions, AeroMexico will resume one daily round-trip flight between Denver and Mexic...

Hurricane Rick weakens to Category 3, blamed in death at Baja California resort

Fox 31 | Fox 31 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Rick was still more than a day away from the resorts of Baja California on Monday but the 13-foot (4-meter) waves i...

Mexico City passes gay marriage law

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Mexican capital set to become first city in Latin America to legalise gay marriage....

Vigilante Justice Spreads Across Mexico

Global Post | Ioan Grillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Ioan Grillo MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The five teenage boys slump against the wall of a dark house and eye the camcorder nervously. Suddenly, a fis...

Apocalypse not? Mayans say 2012 isn't the end of the world

Fox 31 | Fox 31 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly "running out" ...

Mexican federal police announce capture of alleged drug lord Carlos Beltran Leyva

Fox 31 | Fox 31 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police have captured alleged drug lord Carlos Beltran Leyva, just two weeks after his even more powerful brother was ...

Marriages in Mexico City?

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A lawmaker has proposed changing Mexico City's laws to expand marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. ...

US-Mexico groups urges new US assault weapons ban

AP | CATHERINE E. SHOICHET | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

MEXICO CITY — The United States should reinstate a Clinton-era ban on assault weapons to prevent such guns from reaching Mexican drug cartels, former officials from both countries said in a report released Tuesday.

The group, which includes two former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico, also said the U.S. should do more to stop the smuggling of firearms and ammunition into Mexico by stepping up investigations of gun dealers and more strictly regulating gun shows.

The Binational Task Force on the United States-Mexico Border listed the assault weapons ban as a step the U.S. should take immediately to improve security in both countries. The 10-year ban expired in 2004.

"Improving our efforts ... will weaken the drug cartels and disrupt their illegal activities, and make it easier ultimately to dismantle and destroy them," said Robert Bonner, co-chairman of the group and former head of both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Customs and Border Protection agency.

U.S. and Mexican officials say drug cartels frequently use assault rifles, which are banned in Mexico but easily purchased in the United States.

Rio carrying Olympic hopes of entire continent

AP | TALES AZZONI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

South America has never hosted a Summer Olympics. If Rio de Janeiro breaks that streak and gets the 2016 games, the setting could hardly be more spectacular.

Brazilians are promising to transform the region and captivate the world with a well-organized Olympics played out near the city's stunning beaches and famous landmarks.

Rio anxiously awaits the Oct. 2 host-city vote in Copenhagen, especially after gaining front-runner status following a positive evaluation by the International Olympic Committee in its final report on the four finalists for 2016.

Thousands of Cariocas, as Rio citizens are known, are expected to make it to Copacabana beach to watch the IOC announcement, hoping for a big celebration by the Sugar Loaf mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue.

Competing against Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo, the city gained IOC praise for having strong public support, financial guarantees from all levels of government and experience from successfully hosting the Olympic-style Pan American Games in 2007. Brazil also will host the 2014 World Cup.

'Housewives' actress Eva Longoria back to school

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Eva Longoria Parker says she is going back to school to learn about her Mexican roots.

The 34-year-old "Desperate Housewives" actress says she will enroll in a master's program in Chicano studies and political science.

In its Mexico edition released Wednesday, Hola magazine quoted Longoria as saying that she wants to "learn more about the history of the country we come from." She didn't say what university she will attend.

Longoria says she also is polishing her Spanish. The Texas native's family is originally from the northern Mexican city of Monterrey.

The actress was in Mexico City last month to take on a Spanish-speaking role for the first time in a Mexican film about kidnapping titled "Days of Grace."

British Museum seeks to remake Montezuma's image

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The world-famous British Museum, home of the contested Elgin Marbles sought by Greece, is leaping into another controversy with a special exhibit re-examining the life of Montezuma, the doomed last ruler of the Aztecs.

The Montezuma exhibit that opens Thursday is the fourth and final British Museum show devoted to the use of political and military power throughout the ages. Earlier exhibits dealt with the first emperor of China, the Roman emperor Hadrian, and the Iranian ruler Shah Abbas.

It was Montezuma, who reigned over the sprawling Aztec empire from 1502 to 1520, who let Hernando Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors into the Aztec capital, giving them jewels and other gifts while they plotted to murder him and subjugate his people. Cortes destroyed the Aztec capital and built what would become Mexico City there, ushering in a new era in the Americas.

Now museum curators want viewers to realize that much of what they know about this flawed ruler – including the claim that he was killed by his own people – may be based on versions told by the Spanish, making it in effect history as written by the victors.

"A lot of the perceptions of Montezuma and these tumultuous events of the Spanish Conquest are seen through a Western lens," said curator Colin MacEwan. "The challenge is to try to tell the side of the story that isn't usually told. It's personalizing history and establishing a more direct connection with one person's footprint in history."

'Housewives' actress Eva Longoria back to school

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Eva Longoria Parker says she is going back to school to learn about her Mexican roots.

The 34-year-old "Desperate Housewives" actress says she will enroll in a master's program in Chicano studies and political science.

In its Mexico edition released Wednesday, Hola magazine quoted Longoria as saying that she wants to "learn more about the history of the country we come from." She didn't say what university she will attend.

Longoria says she also is polishing her Spanish. The Texas native's family is originally from the northern Mexican city of Monterrey.

The actress was in Mexico City last month to take on a Spanish-speaking role for the first time in a Mexican film about kidnapping titled "Days of Grace."

Mexico Anti-Abortion Laws On The Rise

Inter Press Service | Diego Cevallos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MEXICO CITY, May 22 (IPS) - In the last 13 months, 12 of Mexico's 32 states have approved amendments to their state constitutions defining a fertil...

Mexico City Earthquake Hits 5.7 On Richter Scale

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MEXICO CITY — A strong earthquake swayed skyscrapers in Mexico City and rattled colonial buildings in neighboring Puebla state Friday, sending f...