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Obituary - March 09, 2019

Charles H. Fischer

Charles H. (Hank) Fischer died of natural causes Friday, Mar...

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Explaining passwords

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Entertainment Guide March 16, 2019

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Entertainment Guide March 16, 2019

Monday recitals

Talented local musicians of different genres showcased each Monday. March 25: French Jazz pianist Marc Fabbricatore, a longtime resident of Mexico.

Palcco, Mondays, 8:30 p.m. 100 pesos.

 

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Entertainment Guide - March 09, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - March 09, 2019

Stephanie Koffroth

This talented singer and Guadalajara native, who recently graduated from Portland State University, interprets musical theater numbers, as well as operatic pieces, along with invited guests from Portland, Alexa Lux and Matt Boogie, plus a range of instrumentalists.

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Harp Festival kick-off event March 27

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Harp Festival kick-off event March 27

Delightful strains of traditional Mexican music will fill the air when nine local musicians congregate at the kick-off event for the 17th Encuentro de Arpas, Salterios y Mas Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m. at  Cafe Galeria Inspira (Av. Madero 228, Chapala).  There is no charge, although the ca...

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Famed mandolinist to conclude Viva! season

-1 DAYS AGO
Famed mandolinist to conclude Viva! season

Internationally recognized mandolinist Alon Sariel will perform at Viva la Musica’s final spring concert Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m. in the Haus der Musik.

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Ribera Arts March 16, 2019

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Ribera Arts March 16, 2019

Plein Air exhibit

This unique art genre will be on display at Galeria Sol Mexicano March 15 to April 10. Plein Air, a phrase borrowed from the French, describes the act of painting outdoors, where the painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the work. This ...

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Ribera Arts Review - March 09, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - March 09, 2019

Classical guitar concert

An evening of classical and Spanish, Latin fiery, sensuous, jazz-flavored playing by internationally acclaimed Peruvian guitarist Alfredo Muro will be held Friday, March 8, 7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala.

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At the Movies - March 02, 2019

13 DAYS AGO

Happy Death Day 2U

Tree Gelbman (played by Jessica Roth) is transported into another dimension in this science fiction slasher film.

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At the Movies - February 23, 2019

20 DAYS AGO

Cold Pursuit

Never mess with a snowplow driver. Known for a certain level of intensity in the Taken series, Liam Neeson plays yet another infuriated parent in this production based on a Norwegian film called “In Order of Disappearance.” This time, he is out to find the drug dealers accu...

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Columns

KidZania: An example of real education made in Mexico

6 DAYS AGO
KidZania: An example of real education made in Mexico

I write this not as a reporter but as a teacher, long interested in improving what passes for education in too many schools all over the world.

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Returning to the Río Caliente Spa eight years on

13 DAYS AGO
Returning to the Río Caliente Spa eight years on

Anyone searching for a fine, natural, hot-water spa on this continent at the beginning of this millennium would have heard about and perhaps ended up staying at Río Caliente Spa, located inside the Primavera Forest only 12 kilometers due west of Guadalajara.

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Spanish, mental black holes, planting milpas, heat & other local adventures

7 MONTHS AGO

This column was first published June 21, 1997.

Spending time in Mexico means learning Spanish — if you want that time to have much significance.

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Ancient ritual at Las Trojes, a highland lakeside town, splices time together with simple drama

10 MONTHS AGO
Ancient ritual at Las Trojes, a highland lakeside town, splices time together with simple drama

This column was first published in the April 9, 1988 edition of this newspaper.

Just behind the high ochre ridge that slices the northern horizon at the west end of Lake Chapala lie two small villages, the remnants of a once vast hacienda.

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Explaining passwords

20 DAYS AGO

A password is a sequence of characters used by computer users to verify their identity, or to control who has access to things such as email, bank accounts, etc.

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The perils of hyperlinks

1 MONTHS AGO

A reader of the Guadalajara Reporter wrote to me asking if I could help him out by explaining what a link in an email is. The answer is simple; it is that thing in an email I said you should never, never, never, never, never, never, never, ever click on!

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Pipeline blast: finger pointing should be in one direction only

1 MONTHS AGO

Sometimes playing the blame game just doesn’t cut it.

Such is the case with the gas pipeline explosion that killed more than 90 people in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo on January 17.

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Zapatistas slam Mayan Train project on 25th anniversary of 1994 uprising

2 MONTHS AGO
Zapatistas slam Mayan Train project on 25th anniversary of 1994 uprising

The new government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador received a stark warning on the 25th anniversary of the uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in southern Mexico.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

2 YEARS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

2 YEARS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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The road to hell

-1 DAYS AGO
The road to hell

I’ll bet there’s not a single soul in our community who wouldn’t be thrilled to see local thoroughfares put into perfect condition. Life could be so much more carefree if we didn’t have to navigate wobbly cobblestone streets and highways riddled with potholes.

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Horsing around in Carnaval mode

6 DAYS AGO
Horsing around  in Carnaval mode

The traditional heart of the Chapala area’s annual Carnaval festivities is buried in the gritty earth of local bullrings.

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Mexico’s climate change is hard to spot

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Mexico’s climate change is hard to spot

It seems as though everywhere on the planet you look these days, weather patterns are changing, and climates once predictable are suddenly turning on you like a bad drunk.

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Things Americans find weird in Mexico

6 DAYS AGO
Things Americans find weird in Mexico

A few weeks back I wrote about some of the things Mexicans find weird in the United States. I thought it only fair to take the opposite position. So, here are ten things Americans find weird in Mexico.

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Expat Living

13,600 runners delight in city’s half marathon

13 DAYS AGO
13,600 runners delight in city’s half marathon

As expected, two African runners won last weekend’s 33rd edition of the Guadalajara Half Marathon.

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A birthday & tequila business opening combo

13 DAYS AGO
A birthday & tequila business opening combo

The American Society’s David Ruiz celebrated his 70th birthday with his wife Maria del Carmen Torres and about 100 friends and family Saturday, February 23.

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City Living – March 16, 2019

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American School race

Think green – the sixth annual Eco Race and Green Market are scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at Guadalajara’s American School Foundation. Everyone is welcomed to this event meant to raise awareness about conserving the planet’s resources. Expect to learn a lot ...

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City Living - March 09, 2019

6 DAYS AGO

RAMEN FESTIVAL

While not as beloved as tacos or tortas ahogadas, ramen is becoming increasingly popular in Guadalajara.

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Jewish community observes Passover with Seder

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The Jewish community at lakeside will observe a Passover Seder Friday, April 19, 5:30 p.m. at Manix restaurant, Ocampo 57 in Ajijic.

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Weekly Worship - March 16, 2019

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San Andrés Mass

Fr. Basil G. Royston, D. Min., has announced his retirement. He will continue to live at Lakeside and plans to write a couple of books.

In his place, Padre Everardo Sánchez will officiate for the foreign congregation at the 10:30 a.m. English-language Mass.

Sunday Ma...

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Laguna Chapalac - :March 16, 2019

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Laguna Chapalac - :March 16, 2019

Honored

Fundación Alégrate commemorated International Women’s Day by honoring seven local ladies recognized for outstanding personal accomplishments and contributions to the community. The appreciation ceremony was held Thursday, March 7 at the Centro Cultural González ...

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Laguna Chapalac - March 09, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - March 09, 2019

Helping hand

Donations are being sought to help a local woman walk again.

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Mascota-Vallarta road repaired and operational

8 MONTHS AGO

Ten months after work began, a 15-kilometer stretch of highway between Mascota and Puerto Vallarta has been repaired and is operational.

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Mango Festival returns to Puerto Vallarta

8 MONTHS AGO

The second-annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival is coming to the city’s lovely Lazaro Cardenas Park, Saturday, July 7, an event sure to gladden the hearts of those who can’t live without the sticky sweet fruit.

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North Banderas Beat - March 09, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 09, 2019

Plan for the future

A larger than expected throng of expat Bucerias residents turned out to participate in a workshop for English-speakers at the IMPLAN planning group’s office.

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North Banderas Beat - February 23, 2019

20 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - February 23, 2019

It’s a mystery

After last year’s huge success, Lujo Lifestyle in Bucerias decided to host a repeat of their Mystery Art Show.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 09, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 09, 2019

The ambulance is here

Several years ago, two residents of La Manzanilla, Dan Crosby and Cruz Gomez, spearheaded a project to raise money to buy an ambulance for our town.  

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La Manzanilla Memo - February 23, 2019

20 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - February 23, 2019

Still coming up

The Night under the Stars Auction takes place Saturday, February 23, 6 to 9:30 p.m.  It includes not only the silent auction but a delicious Mexican dinner, as well as live music, folkloric dancers, local talent and children’s performance.  Don’t miss out on th...

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal March 16, 2019

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal March 16, 2019

A reason to party

Every day there is a reason to celebrate being alive and the Costalegre is here to help!

Carnival celebrations started off with amazing dancing, music, and food and continued with fabulous fireworks, parades, and more good food.  Every evening you could venture to the jardin...

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 02, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 02, 2019

Catching up

I love being a part of this community that loves life and gives back! We have had so many wonderful events and concerts in our area over the last month.

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Puero Vallarta Bulletin March 16, 2019

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Puero Vallarta Bulletin March 16, 2019

Tourism still strong

This long weekend will see hotels around 90-percent full, Jalisco Tourism Secretary German Ralis Cumplido said this week.

The recent rupture of a sewage pipe and temporary beach closures hasn’t seemed to affect hotel reservations, he noted. And the absence this year of ...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 02, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 02, 2019

No spring break

Spring breakers will not be coming to Puerto Vallarta in 2019, their first absence in 25 years.

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Mexican Lifestyles

When to tip – and not to tip

1 YEAR AGO
When to tip – and not to tip

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexico’s social culture, chiefly because of its informal, cash-driven economy.

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Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

1 YEAR AGO
Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our August editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Copper Canyon train’s ritzy makeover

10 MONTHS AGO
Copper Canyon train’s ritzy makeover

Those keen to travel through Mexico’s glorious Copper Canyon in luxurious grandeur are now getting the opportunity thanks to the May 17 launch of the Chepe Express, a premium tourism concept that compliments the popular – but more modest – train ride, Ferromex’s Ferrocarril C...

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An Oaxaca food odyssey

10 MONTHS AGO
An Oaxaca food odyssey

If you read last week’s account of several days spent in Oaxaca City exposed to what a San Francisco-trained chef – Julio Aguilera of Oaxaca-cathedral-adjacent El Destilado – likes to sink his teeth into on the city’s wide spectrum of gustatory options, plus an account of his...

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Three angeleno cousins bring ‘California chicken’ to Mexico

6 DAYS AGO
Three angeleno cousins bring ‘California chicken’ to Mexico

At first glance, the new-ish restaurant Peku (just off Avenida Chapultepec in Guadalajara and also, as of February, behind the upscale Plaza Andares) would seem to owe its concept to fast food, a la Chicken McNuggets.

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Gracious new ‘Hindu’ eatery opens in Guadalajara

1 MONTHS AGO
Gracious new ‘Hindu’ eatery opens in Guadalajara

A friend who used to own an excellent French restaurant, which recently closed for lack of business, told me that Trip Advisor listed about 850 restaurants in Guadalajara in 2009, the year he opened, and that they now list well over 2000.

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In-depth study of Mexican migration covers all the bases

13 DAYS AGO
In-depth study of Mexican migration covers all the bases

‘Echoes From the Wall: Real Stories of Mexican Immigrants’ by Judy King (with Tony Burton, Arturo Garcia and Richard Rhoda). Groppe Libros (Guadalajara, 2019).

Reviewed by Michael Hogan

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The US & Mexico: inextricably intertwined

6 MONTHS AGO

‘Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together’ by Andrew Selee.  New York: Public Affairs, 2018.

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Hogan

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Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

-1 DAYS AGO
Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

As Guadalajara and Jalisco enter into their warm season, typically between April and June of each year, residents and seasonal visitors should take precautions to avoid heat stress.  What’s more, the University of Guadalajara’s Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology reports that eve...

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Winter warning: Catching a cold, getting the sniffles is all too easy here

4 MONTHS AGO
Winter warning: Catching a cold,  getting the sniffles is all too easy here

Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this region. Big swings in temperature can play havoc with a person’s health and bring on cold symptoms in a flash.

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News

Women demand legalization of abortion

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Women demand legalization of abortion

A pro-choice march and rally attended by some 2,000 women was one of the highlights of International Women’s Day celebrations in Guadalajara March 9.

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US Consulate denies travel visa to kidney donor

-1 DAYS AGO

According to a report in Guadalajara Spanish-language daily Mural, the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara  has denied a travel visa to a local woman who was prepared to donate a kidney to an uncle in the United States. 

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Chapala bus catches fire

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Chapala bus catches fire

Flames engulfed a Guadalajara-Chapala bus on the highway to Cajititlan this week.  Fortunately no passengers were on board at the time and no one was injured. The incident was captured on camera and distributed on social media – where else!

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Foreigner found dead in Chapala home

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An elderly foreigner identified as Gary Robert “N”, age 79, was found dead in his Chapala home Tuesday, March 12, around 5 p.m. His nationality has not been revealed.

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Governor & president best buddies again

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Governor & president best buddies again

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador were once close political allies but fell out before the 2018 general election. They traded many barbs during that campaign but both won their respective races.  Peace now seems to have prevailed, and last weeke...

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Flu deaths in Jalisco rise to 23 during 2018-19 season

-1 DAYS AGO

A total of 23 people have died from influenza-associated causes during the 2018-2019 flu season in the state of Jalisco.

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Trump looks to designate Mexican cartels as terrorist groups

-1 DAYS AGO

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, U.S. President Donald Trump said he is mulling over designating Mexico’s drug cartels as “foreign terrorist organizations.”

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Despite glitches, Mexico’s president rides a wave of approval

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Despite glitches, Mexico’s president rides a wave of approval

After three months of his presidency, the honeymoon between Lopez Obrador and the Mexican people is only getting sweeter, pundits say. 

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Most Vallarta beaches now swimmable after sewage pipe rupture

-1 DAYS AGO

A large, 40-inch drainage pipe at Puerto Vallarta’s northern limits ruptured March 3, sending raw sewage into the El Salado estuary.

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La Manzanilla Memo - January 12, 2019

2 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - January 12, 2019

New Year’s Party

New York City might boast the largest block party at Times Square each New Year’s Eve, but here in La Manzanilla we raucously rang in 2019 in fine fashion.

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Expat Venezuelans praise Trump’s stance

1 MONTHS AGO
Expat Venezuelans praise Trump’s stance

As expected, Mexico has joined the ranks of Russia, China and Turkey in defending Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, as tens of thousands of his countrymen marched in support of the nation’s “interim” president, Juan Guiadó, this past week.

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Trump: Mexico is paying for wall via trade deal

3 MONTHS AGO
Trump: Mexico is paying for wall via trade deal

In what appears to be nothing more than a face-saving – or obfuscation – exercise, U.S. President Donald Trump is equating Mexico paying for his border wall with a future reduction in the trade deficit with its southern neighbor.

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The British Council marks a milestone

9 MONTHS AGO

It’s been 75 years since the arrival in Mexico of the British Council, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, while encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational understanding and co-ope...

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Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

1 YEAR AGO
Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

Data released this week by the National Statistics Agency (Inegi) showed the consumer price index to have risen by 0.59 percent in December, leaving inflation for 2017 at 6.77 percent – the highest level since 2000, when the rate was 8.96 percent.

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Obituary - March 09, 2019

6 DAYS AGO

Charles H. Fischer

Charles H. (Hank) Fischer died of natural causes Friday, March 1 at his home in Ajijic.

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Obituary - March 02, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
Obituary - March 02, 2019

Gary Neil Anderson

Gary Neil Anderson died February 18 in Ajijic at the age of 77, following a series of strokes.

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Caribbean Series to get underway

1 MONTHS AGO

The Charros victory Monday night qualifies the local ball club for the annual Serie del Caribe (Caribbean Series), which takes place in Panama February 4-10. 

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Charros win Pacific League crown

1 MONTHS AGO
Charros win Pacific League crown

With fireworks and a choral backing of 16,000 fans intoning perennial favorites “Cielito Lindo” and “Ay Jalisco no te rajes,” the Charros de Jalisco baseball team were crowned champions of the Mexican Pacific League (LMP) for the first time Monday, January 28.

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VIEWPOINT: Did the migrant caravan scare work?

In my coterie of election-watching U.S. expats, there are admittedly zero Trump acolytes and only one or two who will own up to a smidgen of sympathy with his hot-button positions, for example, against immigration and abortion.

pg2But among this rather uniform group, reaction bubbling up after Tuesday ranged from depression (“How did we get so many extremists in our country?”) to near elation (“We finally put a two-body system back in place” and “Sending 100 women to Congress is a sea change”).

I suspect the depression was based on the hope that Trump’s election was a fluke and that now, in 2018, he would be put in his place. But the Democrats’ failure to dominate the Senate Tuesday and their loss of some high-profile races—Beto O’Rourke in Texas, who advocated for Dreamers and says the border “is not a threat…[but] an opportunity whether you measure it in trade or jobs or economic growth,” stood out as a tear jerker — signified to this bummed-out group that the election results were not a rebuke of the president and, therefore, gloom was in order.

Still, my own perhaps Pollyannish reaction, which landed me firmly in the happy camp, was due to two striking results early in the night. One was the long overdue slapdown of a Florida law, in place since the end of slavery when whites saw with a shock that blacks made up 60 percent of the state’s registered voters. This law had forbidden voting by people once convicted of a felony, including walking through a posted construction site and launching helium balloons. 

The other result Tuesday, just as marvelous, was the early defeat of Kris Kobach for governor of Kansas. Trump had come to Kansas to campaign for Kobach, his choice for the now-disbanded “voting fraud commission,” and the two guys joined forces denouncing an upcoming “invasion” by the ragged band of refugees that is struggling north across Mexico. But what really got my attention about Kobach was that he rides around in a Jeep with a machine gun mounted on back, marking him as one of those “many extremists in our country” who so depress my friends. 

Immigration is the second biggest issue among Americans. And the general, post-election sense among many U.S. expats here seems to be that Trump’s anti-immigrant crusade benefitted those Republicans who jumped on his anti-caravan caravan. 

“Trump whipped up a frenzy about immigration,” one local American lamented. “It helped Ted Cruz when Trump embraced him.” 

Bolstering that view, Trump himself has been pointing the finger at some Republicans who, he claims, lost because they spurned his embrace and refused to host one of the pre-election pep rallies he held around the country, in which he focused on the refugee caravan.

But in truth, the answer to whether Trump’s emphasis on the caravan worked is unclear. After all, there was Kobach’s loss to Democrat Laura Kelly, despite a huge bear hug from Trump. 

Perhaps Kobach lost simply because the sight of him parading his machine gun (which, incidentally, is a replica) pricked Kansas consciences. “God help them [illegal immigrants],” one Kansan reportedly said, agog at the spectacle. 

Or perhaps he lost because Governor-elect Kelly pragmatically explained that she was not on board the caravan scare and that, although she favors secure borders, she believes a comprehensive immigration policy is the way to get them—and, in any case, the Kansas meatpacking industry needs immigrants.

Similarly (and also in Kansas), Trump’s anti-immigrant policies not only didn’t help, but in fact killed the re-election attempt of Republican Kevin Yoder, who chaired the House subcommittee on Homeland Security and lost because of voters’ anger that he didn’t fight the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In addition to Kobach’s and Yoder’s defeats, exit polls also undercut the notion that “Trump love” was a boon to Republicans. Overall voter turnout clearly set records across the United States this year. Yet preliminary CBS surveys Wednesday showed that only 25 percent of those voting voted in order to support Trump, while a much larger group—40 percent—said they voted in order to oppose him. And ABC polls found that just 44 percent of voters approved of Trump’s job performance, while 55 percent disapproved. 

In line with these suggestions that antipathy toward Trump was high, pundits at Time attribute the GOP gains in this election to a “favorable election map for Republicans” rather than any flowering of voter approval for the president. Indeed, the New York Times chimed in, Republicans lost the House because centrist voters, who in 2016 found Trump “a barely palatable alternative to Hillary Clinton, were unwilling to give him enduring political loyalty.”

Other exit polls show that almost half of U.S. voters (48 percent) believe that Trump’s immigration policies are too tough. 

All of which suggest that, contrary to the president’s gleeful Wednesday tweet claiming  “tremendous success” and contrary to reports that his anti-immigrant rallies brought new believers into his fold, soaring voter turnout and the Republican loss of the House reflect an intense backlash against Trump and may well cause us to doubt that his stance as a savior against the immigrant “invasion” worked in swaying voters to his camp.

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