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Volume 2, No. 20: December 1, 1997

HAPPY HOLIDAYS (BURP):

At several household gatherings, and in a few restaurants, local gringos and a few well-traveled Oaxaqueños celebrated Thanksgiving. We ended up with 18 at our tables (we had to rent them, as well as the extra chairs) in a cooperative stuff-a-thon that was a test of our patio (passed) and our gastrointestinal capacities (some did better than others). The turkey, a 10.5 kilo bird, was smoked by a German couple who have developed a nice little business selling to the foreigners and the local upper class. They come around once a week and peddle smoked and baked pork, chicken, fish and sausages. The cranberries and the pumpkin pie filler were carried down by friends. Everything else came from the local markets. (more…)

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Volume 2, No. 19: November 15, 1997

GOURMET SHOPPING COMES TO OAXACA:

All the old timers are shuddering and muttering "...San Miguel Allende...". None of the newcomers get it. The rest of us have mixed reactions. Just opened, across the street from Cafe Gekko and Milenium (cybercafe) on Cinco de Mayo: Madre Tierra (Mother Earth), a restaurant, deli, bar, music patio and food shop complex in an old colonial style hacienda. (more…)

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Volume 2, No. 15: September 1, 1997

INTERNET UPDATE: CHECK OUT THE NEW SITE

"Letters From Mexico" and the Oaxaca Newsletter will now be based with Mexico Connect. We are delighted with the help and generosity of David McLaughlin and Camille, his partner. It seems pretty clear to me that being on a Mexico oriented site (and not just any site: one of the top three on the Net) will mean a lot more readers (and hopefully more subscribers to this newsletter). (more…)

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Volume 2, No. 14: August 15, 1997

IN MEXICO, SALES TAXES ARE NOT REGRESSIVE, ACCORDING TO TREASURY FIGURES:

One of the most popular planks in the winning PRD platform in July was the pledge to repeal the odious 50% increase in the IVA (value added, or sales, tax) imposed over two years ago by the PRI. The reduction, from 15% back to 10%, is still a prime goal of the political opposition and is supported by a majority of the folks. However, in a display of what may be political sleight of hand or third-world reality, the Zedillo administration is claiming that in reality, the rollback would hurt, not benefit, the poorest Mexicans, while significantly augmenting the life style of the rich. (more…)

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Volume 2, No. 13: August 1, 1997

THIS IS NOT THE ONLY AUTHORITATIVE, SCHOLARLY, IN-DEPTH NEWSLETTER ABOUT MEXICO:

For those of you who may be interested in more specialized kinds of newsletters, to supplement my own deathless prose, I will from time to time (as I become aware of them) report on "the competition". If any of you know of others you would like to recommend, please feel free to do so. (more…)

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Volume 2, No. 12: July 15, 1997

EL BARZON UPDATE: PUSHING TEQUILA AND STAYING ON THE SIDEWALK:

Always on the lookout for the newest, most effective way to push its agenda for debt reform and producer - as well as consumer - protection, the national Debtor's group El Barzon has announced a new strategy and a new product in the last couple of days. (more…)

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