Mexico Celebrates 209 Years of Independence

El Grito de Dolores was pronounced by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

September 16 marks the anniversary of independence for Los Estados Unidos de México. Every year, celebrations begin on the night of September 15, when hundreds of thousands gather in the Zócalo at the Plaza de la Constitución for the President’s Grito. The Grito is followed by the singing of the national anthem and fireworks. Last […]

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August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

What is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples? It’s a day to celebrate, promote and protect the rights of Indigenous People’s around the world. August 9 was chosen as it was on that day in 1982 a United Nations Working Group first met to discuss the situation of Indigenous Peoples. In keeping with UNESCO’s […]

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Reblog: Mexico’s (Almost) Forgotten Holiday

Today is Feb. 4 and a holiday in Mexico.  Today’s holiday celebrates the declaration of the country’s Magna Carta.  The constitution was declared in 1917, seven years after the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution.  The Revolution itself would continue for a couple more decades but the declaration of this constitution marked a turning point in […]

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Mexico’s Presidential Elections: Goodbye to the PRI?

A very interesting blog post from Pulse News Mexico on the recent election of AMLO and what the results could mean for one of the oldest political parties in the world. At the presidential residence of Los Pinos, President Enrique Peña Nieto and his cabinet met during the afternoon of the elections to receive the bad news […]

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Update on the Fuego Volcano Eruption in Guatemala

    Check NYTimes for side by side before and after photos. You can read my original post on the El Fuego eruption here. Just days after El Fuego erupted (Jun 3, 2018), another Guatemalan volcano increased in activity.  The Pacaya Volcano, located less than 20 miles from El Fuego, began expelling lava on June […]

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Peru: Recent Archaeological Discovery

Last month, the National Geographic and other news sites released reports and details about an archaeological discovery in northern Peru.  More than 140 children and 200 young llamas appear to have been ritually sacrificed in an event that took place some 550 years ago on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the shadow of what […]

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This Week in Latin American News: April 15-21, 2018

  Some headlines from Latin American News this week ***clicking on the title links will carry you to the relevant news sites for the full articles***   Cuba’s Raúl Castro hands over power to Miguel Díaz-Canel For the first time since the revolution of 1959, Cuba will be led by someone other than a Castro.  […]

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