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Volume 8, No. 10: June 10, 2003

WE ARE STILL ON THE ROAD

But, with any luck, the next Newsletter will be from Oaxaca, where we expect to arrive in about ten days. Meanwhile, we offer a collection of information gleaned from news sources in both of our countries of residence, and “special intelligence” from e-mail correspondents. The pictures are from Minneapolis, where spring brings out the residents as well as the new blooms. The figure in the header, above, resides in the new Asia Museum in San Francisco. (more…)

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Volume 8, No. 9: May 10, 2003

GREETINGS FROM THE MINI-APPLE

We're on vacation. Diana is in California attending to routine medical matters, and I am traveling for a few weeks. Right now, I'm in Minneapolis. The articles I have prepared, below, come from the testimony of "sources" in Oaxaca, and materials that appeared on the Internet. The pictures come from May Day 2003. I took them with Diana's old digital camera (she just got a newer, smaller, faster one with a higher resolution). (more…)

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Volume 8, No. 8: May 15, 2003

MAKING MEXICO SAFE FOR CALIFORNIANS?

A few days ago, the national congress passed a resolution calling for an end to smoking in all government buildings, and for no-smoking areas to be established in all restaurants, and for adequate exhaust systems to be installed so that non-smokers do not have to suffer from authorized fumes. (more…)

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Volume 8, No. 7: April 2, 2003

STAY AWAY FROM HIDALGO'S GULF COAST BEACHES ON THE WEEKEND

Traveling buddy Dan McWethy, on his way back to the frozen North, sent us a brief report from the jungle fantasy world of Edward James. James was an eccentric multimillionaire who built a concrete and stone village in and among the trees near Xilitla in eastern Hidalgo state. Xilitla is well away from the Gulf. Dan sent us this picture which he took of a beach that gets inundated by weekenders from Mexico City. (more…)

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Volume 8, No. 6: March 19, 2003

MARCHING FOR PEACE IN OAXACA:

Here I am, writing on the eve of invasion, about a peace march that, at least in the short run, failed to affect our government. Still, depressing as it all is, it may be good to remind ourselves that there is a movement of conscience; and that our fellow countrymen abroad are up to more than exploiting the low wages of the hired help. (more…)

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Volume 8, No. 5: March 11, 2003

OAXACANS AND GRINGOS MARCH FOR PEACE

Every Saturday starting on February 1, there have been demonstrations against the coming “war” in Iraq. Centered on the office of the “Consular Agent”, Mark Leyes, who does business in the Plaza Santo Domingo, cater-corner from the church of the same name. All have had similar goals but different tactics. (more…)

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Volume 8, No. 3: February 1, 2003

WE'RE OFF ON A JOURNALISTIC ADVENTURE:

In the eight years I have been writing about Oaxaca, and Mexico, I have touched now and then on the subject of the "War on Drugs", and how it affects the people of Mexico. I didn't then, and I do not now support that "War". I don't think it's healthy for our country, or for the countries our government has coerced and / or cajoled into participating in it. Put simply, it isn't working. (more…)

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Volume 8, No. 1: January 3, 2003

HELLO, 2003 -- GOODBYE, "THE NEWS"

"The News" from Mexico City in English printed its last edition on December 31. It, and its Spanish language big brother "Novedades", are currently in "reorganization" following a buyout of the publishing company by a company in northern Mexico. There is no date set for reopening either paper. (more…)

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