20 de noviembre

Today and tomorrow there are solidarity actions with the people of Oaxaca in various U. S. locations. Check El enemigo común for details. On Monday, the 96th anniversary of the Revolution of 1910, two million people are expected to converge upon the zócalo in México, D.F., where AMLO will inaugurate his alternative government. These are big events.

In Nicaragua, outgoing President Enrique Bolaños signed into law Friday the total ban on abortion, which is also supported by the President-elect, Daniel Ortega. This was, of course, foreseen and preordained, but it still not good news. The Pentagon plans to request funding to build a new trial facility at Guantánamo Bay, and La Crónica of México, D.F., offers a revealing picture of bound and hooded prisoners there. This proposal has not yet been funded, and should be opposed. Tensions in Bolivia bear watching as well.

These are only some of the stories I would be following in far greater detail, had I time in this leisureless century to be a responsible citizen.

Axé.

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4 responses to “20 de noviembre

  1. Thank you for highlighting these historic events.

    I was present in the Zocalo when the EZLN-led Marcha de la Dignidad Indigena arrived there on 25 February, 2001. Listening to the speakers, and seeing those events unfold, continues to be one of the most powerful experiences of my life.

    I would give almost anything to be there again now, to be lost in a sea of people and eat huaraches made of blue corn.

  2. 25-II-01, that must have been utterly amazing. I wish I were there, too. I wonder if I can tune in on Internet radio.

    But: you ate…what? What are huaraches when they are not a form of sandal or shoe? Is the corn ground or whole? I never got any blue corn in the D.F., I am now officially jealous! 😉

  3. From mexicanmercado.com: “In most of Mexico the word huarache means ‘sandal,’ but in much of the central Mexican uplands a huarache is a large, oblong item made of fried masa, often of the blue kind, stuffed with yellowish bean paste, and liberally garnished.” Basically, they’re like a tostada, but oval-shaped. When smothered with fresh, refried beans, goat cheese, and cilantro, they are the BEST street food!

    I used to buy them from a beautiful, grandmotherly woman who had a little make-shift table set up at the top of the stairs where you enter/exit the subway at the Zocalo stop.

    The next time you are there, you MUST try them!

    If you do find the internet radio site, will you send it to me?

  4. AHA, fried masa, this is the image the name suggested to me. They sound fantastic. I want one NOW.

    I am working on the radio thing. There is also Internet tv. La Jornada, the newspaper, claims to also have videos and Internet tv, and claims there are already hourly video reports from the Zocalo, but I have not succeeded in making them work.

    My other first bets would be radio UNAM and tv UNAM. And it would just be my luck that the servers are down. I will keep looking into it as I get a chance – I’d love to get myself all set up with it right now, but I’m in the middle of boring school work which must absolutely get done, I’ve played around today when I should have been grading. However, when I find something that works, I’ll update this comment!

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