News, features, and commentary from the biggest city in the Americas, Mexico City.

The Do-Nothing Summit

(TOLUCA) — He came, he had lunch, he said a few empty meaningless words, and he left. All within the space of eight hours and 25 minutes. That sums up … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Monument to Stupidity: The Estela de Luz

By Fritz Schtickelmeyer — One of the more bizarre sights on the landscape of Mexico City is a feature you’ll know well if you live here. It’s a tower — … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Latin America’s Great Divide

By Darren M. Popik (SANTIAGO DE CHILE) — The Andes are an imposing mountain range, rising to 22,837 feet (6,961 meters) at Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas, which … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Telecom Reform: Changes Coming to Mexico’s Telephone, TV Sectors

By Darren M. Popik — Got a Mexican cell phone? If you do, chances are you’re connected with Telcel. In the Mexican cell phone industry in 2012, Telcel commanded a … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 7 Comments

Mexico’s Most Wanted … Union Leaders

By Fritz Schtickelmeyer — Corruption, money laundering, organized crime, kidnappings, killings, threats against national security … gee, that doesn’t sound so nice, does it? People involved in these things are … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: The Fall of Elba Esther Gordillo

By Fritz Schtickelmeyer (TOLUCA) — First came the fall of the Berlin Wall … then the Soviet Union. Now, an event of similar magnitude is occurring in Mexico. With the … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 5 Comments

Elba Esther Gordillo Arrested on Corruption Charges

Elba Esther Gordillo, head of Mexico’s public teachers’ union, the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de Educación (SNTE), has been arrested by federal police on charges of unlawful use of public … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

Yes, We Have No Water: Mexico City’s Water Mismanagement

By Fritz Schtickelmeyer (SHERATON MARIA ISABEL HOTEL) — I don’t want to suggest that officials managing Mexico City’s water department are incompetent, but I’ll bet they have trouble tying their … Continue reading

November 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

The End of Drinking in Plaza Garibaldi?

The Mexico City government wants to stop drinking in the city’s famed Plaza Garibaldi. And just to clarify, we don’t mean that DF government officials plan to stop drinking — don’t be … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Of Politics, Business, and Prostitution: What I’ve Learned Teaching English in Mexico

By Bailey Cook Teaching English in Mexico City is a lot like being a prostitute. Not in the sense that you perform sexual acts in exchange for money, but in the … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 2 Comments