Filming the raising of the flag in Mexico City

Every morning in Mexico City’s Zocalo, the country’s military raise the national flag in a ceremony enjoyed by tourists and Mexicans alike. Many of the Mexican bystanders on their way to work stop and salute as the flag goes up.  Sometimes it goes up at 6, sometimes at eight, and it usually comes down around 6 at night – timing tends to depend on the season and the weather. Continue reading

Mexican public give their view on oil reform

"I decide".

A bitter debate on how to rescue Mexico’s troubled state-owned oil company went directly to the people on Sunday as capital residents voted on President Felipe Calderon’s plan to open some portions of Mexico’s nationalized petroleum industry to outsiders.

This video went with this Los Angeles Times report.

Tijuana: Reflections on the Border

Tijuana side.

The view from the border: Tijuana side.

“TJ? Really?” was the response from most people last week when they learned I was heading down south of San Diego for a research trip.

They were right to be cautious. I live in Mexico City — one of the biggest, baddest towns around — but still gave Tijuana a second thought. The world’s most famous border city has been getting some bad press of late due to the drug-related violence playing out on its streets.

But what struck me more during my brief trip was the border itself and how it is littered with evidence of its own casualties and conflicts, past and present. The wall is at the center of the current national debate on immigration, and I wanted to see it for myself.

Read on – this post was written for La Plaza.

Heading down to Tijuana

Heading south to Tijuana

Heading south to Tijuana

Report to follow shortly….

Los Angeles plants are just like Mexico plants

The cacti in Los Angeles are exactly the same as those you see in Mexico. Even though you can step from the first into the third world and back across the United States – Mexican Border, what the land gives up and supports is the same.

I love these cacti – they look like Medusa’s hair, writhing out and into the air.

North of the border is heading north of the border for two weeks on a research and training trip.

We’ll be in Los Angeles for some of the time, and then San Diego and La Frontera for the rest.

I’m hoping to file for you FROM the border, where we’ll be heading down to hook up with the Los Angeles Time’s border reporter, Richard Marosi and then Tijuana to El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

We’re also hoping to make the acquaintance of in the flesh.

Watch this space.

Lucha Libre comes to London

It’s a regular Tuesday night at the Lucha Libre in downtown Mexico City’s Arena Coliseo

It’s a regular Tuesday night at the Lucha Libre in downtown Mexico City’s Arena Coliseo

For those of my readers in London, this is for you.

If you’ve enjoyed the coverage you’ve seen here on the Lucha Libre over the last year, now’s your chance to see the real thing in the flesh because the Lucha Libre is coming to London this weekend, and this weekend only!

Lucha Libre London presents sixteen of the best of the best of Mexico’s luchadores including El Hijo del Santo (the greatest living luchador and son of the all time great El Santo), Blue Demon Jnr (the man in the blue mask), Ramses (fighting star of Jack Black’s Nacho Libre) in a full-on struggle for the soul of Mexico.

It might be too late to buy tickets, but if you can get hold of them I can’t recommend the gig enough and would be curious to here from anyone who goes how the fights go down with the audience.

Check out the details here on the Roundhouse web site.

For all things Lucha Libre on, click here and see my Lucha Libre photo gallery here on Flickr.