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Shock And Horror As Mexico’s Eggs Continue To Go Unrefrigerated: Local Gringos Want Answers

September 27, 2011

An American tourist in Israel asks: "Why, God? Why?"

MERIDA, MEXICO—  Another day has passed and Mexico’s supermarkets still aren’t refrigerating their eggs.

Merida’s Coalition of Concerned American Retirees stormed the halls of the palacio municipal on Monday morning, demanding answers.

“What kind of backwards piss-ant third-world country is this?”  Asked one protester.

“Is it true that after the eggs are laid they are loaded into trucks and driven around in circles in the hot sun for two weeks just for fun!?” Asked another.


La Ciudad Maya As It Used To Be

September 20, 2011

A few months ago, I posted photographs of La Ciudad Maya, a crumbling complex of buildings behind the Parque del Centenario.  Expats Anonymous reader Virginia Miller was kind enough to send us photos she took of La Ciudad Maya when she lived in Merida in 1997.  Here they are, along with her comment on my previous post about La Ciudad Maya. Read more…

Nothing To See Here…

July 28, 2011

A few days ago, I wrote about how difficult it is to take people seriously when they can’t be bothered to get some very simple facts straight.

When pressed to supply precedents for foreigners being deported from Mexico for involving themselves in politics, the author of this Yucatan Living article cited the case of Gianni Proiettis, an Italian professor in Chiapas who was deported in April, ostensibly for having a lapsed FM2 visa (though this was, in fact, not the case.)

The author of said Yucatan Living article went on to explain why Gianni Proiettis was deported:

We had to turn a shovelful of earth to find the most recent notable deportation of a foreigner for perceived political activities: Gianni Proiettis, an expat anthropology professor at the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH), was arrested on April 15 and deported on April 16, 2011….

According to La Jornada, professor Proiettis’ only offense was to be “fortuitously” photographed in Cancun “near a group that was protesting against President Felipe Calderón at the world summit on climate change”. Proiettis was picked-up by government agents, interrogated, and released. He was re-arrested several days later and accused of being an “alleged narcomenudista“, but Mexican officials reassuringly stated ‘’(His arrest) was due to confusion” and he was released again. Four months later, when professor Proiettis had his final FM2 renewal appointment, he was arrested and deported, with no official reason given. Professor Proiettis and press reports describe the only factual justification for deporting him was his documented proximity to a protest of Calderon at the world summit on climate change…

Clearly, since only one side of the story is available, there could have been other factors at work, but the deported person’s reports and journalists’ reports of him being near a protest are the best sources available in this recent case.

However, even when it was breaking news back in April, the “other side” of the story was not only available, and completely known by Hugo and myself and a number of our friends (it was the topic of a great many dinner conversations,) it was rather widely publicized that Proiettis was a journalist working for the communist Italian newspaper, Il Manifesto.

And even yesterday, it took all of two minutes on Google to not only come up with a number of sources detailing Proiettis’ long career as a human rights journalist, a vocal supporter of the Zapatistas, and an outspoken critic of President Calderon, but to find the smoking gun itself, a link to Gianni’s blog showing all that he wrote in 2010 and 2011 that ultimately got him deported, all of which is still available online, including a number of inflammatory anti-Calderon articles that he published after his initial arrest in Cancun.   Read more…

Some Thoughts On The Article 33 Debate

July 25, 2011

One can think of many reasons why the Mexican government would want to reiterate that foreigners are not permitted to involve themselves in political matters.

An influx of predominantly left-leaning immigrants from Central America, which Mexico is facilitating with its recent policy changes, and an armed insurgency in Chiapas that has become the pet project of a great many foreign intellectuals both come to mind.

A tiny group of retirees and snowbirds living in one of Mexico’s smallest and most out-of-the-way cities, slurring things like “no yo quiero el mal environmento, yo quiero mas salud para perros de la calle,” is pretty far down the list. Read more…

Don’t Look Now…

July 25, 2011

I felt intimidated by that little baby.

As I was sitting in the waiting room of the United States consulate here in Merida, something caught my eye.  Taped awkwardly to the bare white wall behind the cashier’s window was a printout of the photo to the left, paired with this scripture from the New Testament:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.”

– Matthew 11:28

This rather ungracious public display of power was both a reminder and a challenge; a reminder that the playing field is not always even, and a challenge to anyone who dared say anything about it.  Read more…

Texas Plans To Execute Mexican Citizen Tomorrow In Defiance Of Vienna Convention

July 6, 2011

Humberto Leal, a Mexican citizen who moved to the United States when he was a young child, will be executed tomorrow in Texas for the rape and murder of a sixteen-year-old girl that took place in 1994, when Humberto was twenty-one years old.

The United States government and the International Court of Justice have attempted to postpone the execution as Mr. Leal was never offered consular services at any point during his detainment or his trial, which constitutes a breach of the Vienna Convention. Read more…

Today on Eat Merida: Gianni Fish & Chips

June 25, 2011

In search of lunch?  Eat Merida wants to tell you about a cheap new place for fish and chips that won’t leave you hanging.

Click here for a review of Gianni Fish & Chips, including hours of operation, directions, a map, and a picture of a fish smoking a cigarette.

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