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Volume 3, No. 8: April 15, 1998

CHIAPAS UPDATE: IT'S STARTING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE GUATEMALA:

Recent arrivals from Chiapas are bringing depressing news. Long term residents, some of whom have lived there as long as 30 years, are selling up and moving out. Business owners are closing their doors and starting over in other states. Between their neighbors and the Migra, life is a little tense. (more…)

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Volume 3, No. 7: April 1, 1998

PUERTO ESCONDIDO "SUN" A NEWSLETTER FOR THE "OTHER OAXACA":

PE's light news and entertainment infozine has just put out its fifth issue. At 12 pages, about half advertising, it appears to be healthy as well as informative. Published by Istituto Bilingue y Cultural de PE, a local language academy, the Sun is available by subscription by emailing ptosun@aox1.telmex.net.mx If you are a true PE habitue, the $25 price tag for 12 issues will probably seem a fair price indeed (it is free to local folks). (more…)

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Volume 3, No. 6: March 15, 1998

DROP IN OIL PRICES SPELLS HARD TIMES FOR MEXICO:

On March 10, the per-barrel price of Mexican crude fell below $10.00 usd for the first time in recent history. OPEC's inability to restrain Saudi output has resulted in a glut on the market. Mexico, not a part of OPEC, is being devastated by the low price of crude. (more…)

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Volume 3 No. 4; February 15, 1996

CHIAPAS UPDATE:

The low intensity war in Chiapas is continuing without any slowdown, I am sorry to have to report. The new Interior Secretary, Labastida, is if anything more of a hawk than his predecessor. The "peace talks" are stalled, still; the killings of peasant leaders and opposition PRD politicians go on; there have been no identifiable "Peace and Justice" paramilitaries arrested or relieved of their weapons; the army continues to terrorize remote villages believed to be sympathetic to the EZLN. Meanwhile, the Clinton administration praises Zedillo for his "democratic" reforms and his "defense" of human rights in Chiapas. (more…)

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Volume 3, No. 3: February 1, 1998

THE ANNUAL WINTER TRAVEL NEWSLETTER:

Travel, as well as being broadening (in all senses: eating out is hard on dieters), is exhausting. Especially if, as we did, you never stay more than two nights in any one place. The tradeoff is that you get to see more places. The downside is that you only get to gather superficial impressions. So that's what you get here, folks: quick snapshots and quirky insights - just like always... (more…)

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Volume 3, No. 2: January 10, 1998

LAYLA, A LEBANESE RESTAURANT, OPENS:

There is a large Lebanese community in Oaxaca. As far as I can tell, it is completely assimilated, although I intend to return to talk about it with Layla herself some day when she can take time from her duties as hostess. A return would be worth it, just to bask in her smile and flashing eyes. (more…)

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Volume 3, No. 1: January 1, 1998

Happy New Year, 1998:

a partial, irreverent and highly biased summary of where it's been and where it stands for Mexico:

IN OAXACA:

Touristforming (like terraforming (making Earthlike) in sci-fi) continues at a dizzying pace. Fueled by low-cost loans from the federal Tourism ministry set aside for the purpose, several downtown buildings are in the process of being rehabbed as bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants and artesanias (craft shops). Streets are being torn up, paving bricks put in, and parking restrictions added. (more…)

By Stan Gotlieb, ago