La estacion del tren.
This past week, Los Cabos, Mexico, was quite literally turned into a global public square. Leaders from 19 top economies plus the European Union gathered to discuss the world’s major crises: the euro, global growth, Syria. But the G-20 summit, as it’s called, also shed light on a few crucial relationships.
Take the U.S. and Russia, for example. Much was made of how Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin leaned away from each other during talks. Commentators said it felt as chilly as a Moscow winter. Contrast that with Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao: a warm handshake and big smiles.
But the meeting that really got me thinking was the one between two Latin American leaders: Mexico’s Felipe Calderon and Brazil’s Dilma Roussef.
Right now, Brazil has the world’s attention. It is a much vaunted BRIC economy in the company of China, India and Russia. On the other hand, the perception of Mexico is that of a poor country with regular drug-related killings.
That may be true. But very quietly, Mexico is stepping out of Brazil’s shadow.
The lack of an official proof of identity and citizenship means no access to education and health care for children; no opportunities for adults in the formal labor market; no access to microcredit loans; no right to vote; and no human rights. Moreover, the “officially invisible” are more attractive targets for human traffickers, illegal adoption rings, and other organized criminals in Mexico. Thousands of births in Mexico continue to go unregistered each year, and as these disenfranchised people with no official identities make their way across the Mexico-US border, the problem of doubly-undocumented immigrants in the United States will grow larger still.
The economist is an intersting way to find interesting news about Mexican politics and current events. They have a great pool of articles, persepectives, and opinions.
The roof. Everythings so simple from the roof (Taken with instagram)
In this photo taken Jan. 26, 2012, Antonio Palacios Martinez pushes his boat with a wooden pole in the Lake of the Aztec Kings in Mexico City’s Tlahuac borough. A 20-station metro Line 12, or Golden Line, is expected to open this summer, cutting in half a commute of more than four hours a day by bus or car for Tlahuac’s residents. Few people in this semi-rural borough deny its benefits. But for many, the metro’s arrival is also a sign that the slow rhythms of their unique little piece of Mexico City, already fading, soon will come to an end. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
THIS IS SO COOL!