It was 1934, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution had just repealed prohibition at the close of 1933, and a year later, Mexican president Lázaro Cárdenas would outlaw gambling and close Tijuana's world famous Agua Caliente Casino and Hotel. This was the state of things in Tijuana ... More >>
On Friday night I attended the kickoff party for the 22nd annual Fiestas de la Vendimia at the Riviera Casino in downtown Ensenada which runs from August 3rd through the 19th. Around 3,000 attendees sipped Mexican wines from the Valle de Guadalupe, sampled the finest Baja cuisine from various booths ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are Mexican women so superstitious?
Calderon puts magical realism in the shade
Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs
The onetime exalted ruler tried to the lodge into the 21st Century
The Los Angeles Times, and just about every other newspaper that covers world news, is reporting today that the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an influential think-tank made up of world leaders, has just issued a report calling the war on drugs "a costly failure" and calling on the United Stat ... More >>
The only president that matters today...So today is Cinco de Mayo blah blah blah blah. But instead of offering you places to drinko, your humble scribe likes learnin' people stuff, you know, the more arcane the better. So what more-random topic than a quick overview of American presidents and the ... More >>
A documentary opening Friday in Fullerton explores the drug-related violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon took office in December, 2006.8 Murders a Day focuses mostly on Juarez, Mexico, the murder capital of the world or, as producer-director Charlie Minn's puts it, "the greatest hum ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
Drugs, death and fear in the murder capital of the world
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this is your Mexican regional music on drugs
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death
[¡Ask a Mexican!] In honor of April Fools' Day, Jim Gilchrist puts on the sombrero and bandoliers this week
Photo by Ariel Gutierrez Vivanco/Presidencia de la RepublicaThe "Vicente Fox Welcoming Committee at UCI" won't be bearing flowers, fruit baskets or a key to the university when Mexico's former president visits the campus Wednesday. Fox, who is being hosted by the university's Center for the Study of ... More >>
Supporters of longtime Santa Ana Mexican consulate employees who say they were fired without cause last month by a newly politicized consular team which some have accused of favoritism and elitism, protested in front of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores) i ... More >>
For months we've had a sneaking suspicion that the new Mexican consul in Santa Ana was working hard to transform the consulate from the effective, outreach-heavy post it once was under wildly popular former consul Luis Miguel Ortiz Haro to a mere prop of elitist Mexican puffery. Many have whispered ... More >>
'Whats with ALL the drama?'