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Latin America – Drug trafficking: the mafia octopus

Drug trafficking can have a severe impact on a country’s economy and politics. It can affect the backbone of society creating a vicious circle where the illegal economy ends up by becoming indispensable to the national economy. Cocaine trafficking revenues amount to about 500 billion dollars per year and criminal economy, as a whole, accounts…

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Mexico – The Music of Corn

The canario is the only kind of music played during the time of the planting and harvest ceremony, called the Tlamanes ritual. The name ‘canario’ may come from the musical and choreographic tradition of the Canary Islands, introduced to Mexico during colonial times. Regional musicians now believe that the name in fact comes from the…

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Mexico – The Harvest Ceremony

Corn is inextricably tied to the quotidian lives of the peasants and indigenous peoples of Mexico. As the basic grain, it shapes daily meals, and itís growing cycle influences the timing of ritual and celebration. We look at the harvest ceremony. The harvest ceremony is celebrated in October or November. The ritual begins inside the…

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Mexico – The Planting Celebration

Mexico is a country that has venerated corn for many centuries. This is evident not only in the varied cuisine based on this grain, but also in the many enduring customs related to its worship. We look at the planting celebration. Corn is the divine grain, a key component of the human myth of origin…

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Mexico – Communality as a way of life and resistance

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The indigenous Zapotec cultural system of living in harmony with nature coincides with the Andean concept of Good Living. In Sierra Juárez, state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, people live the experience of communality. “We are communality, the opposite of individuality, we are communal territory, not private property; we are cooperating, not competing; we are…

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Mexico – Food sovereignty at risk

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More than 40 percent of the food that is consumed is imported. Food sovereignty is at risk in Mexico due to the increasing dependence on food imports. For the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this situation is worrisome because of the volatility of international food prices. “An international context of volatile and high…

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Mexico – A multicolour feast

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The Mexican Christmas is a combination of Christian spirit and indigenous traits. Una fiesta with colour, dances, songs, and joy.   Even though the official liturgical preparation for Christmas begins with the First Sunday of Advent, and December 25 remains the centre of the liturgical and secular celebrations, in Mexico, the effects of this feast…

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Mexico – The tragedy of the desaparecidos

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  Over the past six years more than 26 thousand people have disappeared in Mexico. A crime that is ignored and downplayed Forced disappearances are not new in Mexico. The was a huge number of desaparecidos, Spanish for “the disappeared,” during the 1968-1971 repression. What is happening now, however, is beyond limits and is raising…

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Mexico – Migrant House

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  This is a place to welcome people pursuing the American dream – a dream that often becomes a nightmare. Xavier smiles as he looks out over the Rio Grande. On the other side, he sees the land he so often imagined and dreamt about: the United States. Only yesterday, he arrived in Nuevo Laredo…

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Mexico – Nuevo Laredo, the diocese of the migrants

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  Nuevo Laredo is a border diocese. From here hundreds of migrants try to cross the border into the United States every day. It is controlled by the drug cartels. Gunfights and violence are part of daily life. The Bishop, Monsignor Gustavo Rodriguez Vega, granted us an interview. How would you describe your diocese?“Nuevo Laredo…

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Mexico – “When the moon taught us to weave”

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  “In the beginning of the world the moon climbed into a tree. And there – runs a Mexican legend – it began to weave and embroider”. This is the ancient taste of the cloth. Hands move rapidly across the loom, repeating gestures that have been performed every day from time immemorial. Doña Yolanda smiles;…

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Reportage – Mexico and migrants

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  They call it ‘The Beast’, the ‘Train of Death’, or the ‘Devourer of Migrants’. There are many names given to the train that carries thousands of Central Americans from southern Mexico towards the United States and the dream of a better life. Many stories of people that unravel and overlap. José Marti, 25, comes…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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