Republican Hopefuls Trump and Walker: Wall to Wall Nonsense

Republican presidential candidate hopeful Donald Trump has said repeatedly that when elected he will erect a wall along the Mexico-US border. Not only will he have it installed, but Mexico will pay for the project. As is the case with most of his promises, Mr. Trump is a little sketchy on the details of justContinue reading “Republican Hopefuls Trump and Walker: Wall to Wall Nonsense”

Mexico – U.S. look to increase student exchanges; will anti-immigration zealots stand by?

President Obama has made a foray into Latin America with stops in Mexico and Costa Rica. There is no shortage of topics that could have been, and most probably were, discussed as a visit to the region by a US president, long overdue, is of huge importance. But perhaps, as Andres Oppenheimer points out inContinue reading “Mexico – U.S. look to increase student exchanges; will anti-immigration zealots stand by?”

Mexican teachers rampage; Thatcher and Reagan

Teachers in Mexico’s Guerrero State have gone on strike and on a rampage in protest of the approval  by the state legislature of a recently passed federal law, that would see teachers evaluated by a nationalized teaching test. Mexican President  Enrique Pena Nieto‘s law would see teachers assessed by a standardized test, rather than the currentContinue reading “Mexican teachers rampage; Thatcher and Reagan”

“Illegal” immigrants, where is Mexico, and a curse invoked in Venezuelan election

A couple of interesting items relating to Latin America in the news today. In his Miami Herald column, Andres Oppenheimer addresses the issue of “illegal immigrants”, not the people labelled as such, but the term itself. The Associated Press has recently opted to use “undocumented immigrants” instead. But more interesting is the use of theContinue reading ““Illegal” immigrants, where is Mexico, and a curse invoked in Venezuelan election”

Monarch Butterflies

I watched a great National Geographic documentary over the weekend on TVO about various animal migrations. One of these was the trek of the Monarch Butterfly from Mexico to Canada and back. I’ve always been fascinated by these butterflies: they don’t cause the average person any harm (like moths for instance), they don’t sting orContinue reading “Monarch Butterflies”