Mexican Farmers Revive Organic Gum Traditions
Mexican farmers are looking to the past to create something new to sink their teeth into.
Farmers have revived a 1,000-year-old tradition that dates back to the Mayan Indians, who used natural gum in religious ceremonies and to clean their teeth.
The comeback was initiated by nearly 2,000 chicleros who have joined forces through co-operatives to produce the first organic *chewing gum.
*The word chicle is the hispanized version of the Nahuatl word “tziktli,” which literally means gum or “sticky stuff.” It’s one of the thousands of Nahuatl words carried over into Mexican Spanish.
Obama, I’m so disappointed in you for congratulating Peña Nieto when the election results are not yet official and the whole country is protesting what was an obvious case of electoral fraud. You congratulated a man who bought the election, who while governor is believed to have ordered the rape and beating of women and children and then congratulated himself for it, you congratulated the man representing the party that has ordered countless mass murders of the people who dared to speak out against them, you congratulated a man who, when a homosexual teacher asked him for help when he was fired for being gay allegedly said, “the government doesn’t want fags,” you congratulated a man who couldn’t name 3 books that he’s read when he was asked AT A BOOK FAIR, you congratulated a man who bought the media to disparage his opponents the way Republicans do with you.
You has congratulated the man who killed Mexico’s democracy.
You congratulated a man who stands for everything you supposedly are against.
You gave him and this fraudulent election validation in the eyes of the world.
I know it is not your obligation to help us, after all you are the president of the US and have no obligation to the Mexican people, but why congratulate him? Why so soon when there’s only 6% difference between him and the leftist candidate? Why when there are no official results? Why, when only 38% of the country voted for him? Why, when common citizens who wanted to watch over the election process where detained [by police] the whole day?
I just want to know why. You among all people, you the leader of the “free world,” you the “president of change,” why, while the Mexican people fight for its democracy and dignity, do you hit us with that?
Or is it that democracy and dignity only matters to you when it belongs to the citizens of the United States?
Written by paigemcullers
Note: This post was slightly edited for style and clarity. Links were added by Think Mexican as a reference. See original post here.
Read president Barack Obama’s statement here.
Mexican citizens who allegedly received supermarket gift cards from the Institutional Revolutionary Party [PRI] in exchange for their vote, are going on a “panic-stricken” shopping spree, La Jornada reports.
According to the Mexican newspaper, some card holders are afraid that credit on their cards might be confiscated by officials investigating allegations of vote-buying. Others fear that the credit on the cards might be cancelled because the PRI politician who distributed them may not end up winning local elections in the municipality of Nezahualcoyotl.
Last week, the leftist PRD party accused the PRI of distributing 1.8 million of these cards in Mexico State. The cards, which can be used at the Soriana supermarket chain, carry the logo of the CTM, a union affiliated with the PRI. Last week a PRD spokesman showed journalists gift cards that the PRI allegedly distributed in exchange for votes. La Jornada reports that at first, the party was offering cards with 100 pesos, ($7) worth of credit, but as election day approached, the amount on cards offered was raised to 300, 500, and even 700 pesos. Rocio Ugalde told La Jornada that even on election day (Sunday), PRI operatives were distributing these cards. She explained how the process worked: you go into the box, vote, take a picture of that ballot that you voted in favor of the PRI candidate, showed the photo to a PRI representative, and you received a gift card. Not all the cards that were handed out had full value; as people lined up to check the balance of their card, many had already been reported out of funds.
As Roberto Lovato stated on his Facebook, “Imagine what the coverage of fraud allegations would be like if global media were talking about Iran, Egypt, Venezuela or some other, less ‘friendly’ country [instead] of Mexico. Imagine…”
I really don’t know what to think of this entire situation. Would it be surprising if the PRI won after the last 6 years Mexico has undergone? Not really, but the PRI is notorious for election fraud and Mexico’s unfinished path towards democratization has yet to cement in a stable electoral system.
It’s a shame this is not being covered more because it’s incredibly important, not only due to our ties with Mexico but the welfare of the Mexican people, who have endured so much, quite a bit of which is directly our fault. Don’t question those elections though.(via mohandasgandhi)
Bojórquez is not alone — most Mexican journalists I speak with, and many average Mexicans, take Washington’s collusion with the Sinaloa cartel for granted.
This interpretation of events owes partly to Chapo’s reputation. A folk hero of mythic proportions, the man’s very name has incantatory powers in Mexico. When it’s uttered around Culiacán, it’s usually in a whisper. Or people refer merely to “Him.” Everyone knows who is meant. Mexicans tend to have very little faith in their government’s abilities, aside from its ability to be corrupted — and Chapo’s competence in this regard is so obvious as to not need mentioning. Many Mexicans assume he essentially runs the country, and it’s easy to see why. Since President Felipe Calderón took office in 2007, a steady procession of high-raking government, military, and police officials has been revealed to be working for Chapo or his deputy, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
The interpretation owes partly to a contempt for and fear of American power and arrogance that go back to the 19th century. An editorial in La Prensa last year cast Fast and Furious as the latest attempt at Manifest Destiny. The reasoning may have been off, but the sentiment was understandable: Americans do, after all, smoke, snort, swallow, and shoot up the great majority of drugs produced or moved through Mexico, and Americans export almost all the guns used in the murders there, with or without the help of the ATF.
Then there’s the long collusion between the U.S. government and drug-trafficking organizations, as Mexican students of history are quick to point out. Aside from the CIA’s machinations in neighboring Central America, they refer to the U.S. Army’s reliance on Sinaloan poppy-growers during World War II to keep up morphine supplies. More recently, the New York Times detailed the DEA’s program for laundering and moving money for Mexican traffickers in order to trace where it goes (like Fast and Furious, but with bills, not guns).
Here’s a fun read.
Revelations like these, combined with the failure of the Mexican government to capture Chapo and El Mayo, lead people like Bojórquez to the same conclusion: The Sinaloa cartel cut a deal with Calderón when he came into office, whereby it would help Mexico City go after other cartels, such as the Zetas, in exchange for some amount of immunity. Calderón could only have done this, the argument goes, with high-level approval from Washington — and Fast and Furious, a way to help Chapo, is evidence of that devil’s bargain.