Longreads: To Tell the Story, These Journalists Became Part of the Story

I wrote a book essay for Longreads about Patriot Number One by Lauren Hilgers and The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham. Both books trace the stories of recent immigrants to the United States, from China and El Salvador respectively. I weave in my own experience working with migrants in Mexico. These two books go beyond the day-to-day headlines on immigration to understand the forces pushing people out of their home countries. “The attention paid to the U.S.-Mexico border seems to ebb and flow like…Continue Reading “Longreads: To Tell the Story, These Journalists Became Part of the Story”

CityLab: Mexico City’s Architects of Destruction

“On the first anniversary of the Mexico City earthquake, an investigation explores how engineers, builders, and politicians failed to follow building codes—with deadly results.” I wrote for CityLab about the damning report from a Mexican NGO showing that widespread corruption caused multiple buildings to collapse in the September 19, 2017 earthquake. Mexico City officials have yet to learn the lessons of 1985. Read the full story on CityLab.

NACLA/Americas Program: The Emergency Isn’t Over

“As long as one single neighbor is still displaced from their home, the crisis that started with the earthquake continues,” says Gabriel Macías of the Tlalpan United group of neighbors whose apartment complex collapsed in the Sept. 19 earthquake. Around him crowd dozens of journalists, neighbors, and members of the “Topos,” the moles, Mexico City’s volunteer rescue crews.” I wrote for The Americas Program and NACLA about the one-year anniversary of the Mexico City earthquake. Victims organizations are calling out the government’s ineffectual response and…Continue Reading “NACLA/Americas Program: The Emergency Isn’t Over”

Culinary Backstreets: Tortas Robles- A Sandwich For the Pueblo

“The Robles family has sold tortas in downtown Mexico City for over 70 years, earning generations of devoted customers. But this year could be its last. Their story begins in 1940s Mexico City, at the intersection of Doctor Mora and Juárez Avenue, the southwestern corner of the Alameda Central. Diego Rivera immortalized the famous park, the first of its kind in Mexico City, in a 1947 mural, imagining over 100 seminal figures from Mexican history strolling through the grounds. On a sunny summer morning at…Continue Reading “Culinary Backstreets: Tortas Robles- A Sandwich For the Pueblo”

DeSmogBlog: Sempra Energy Plans to Export Fracked Gas on the West Coast — via Mexico

This is a long read, for DeSmogBlog with Steve Horn. We look into Sempra’s, a San Diego-based energy company, plans to install a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export facility on the Pacific coast of Baja California. The plant would export fracked gas from the US. LNG export plants on the West Coast have been shot down by protests, and Sempra so far has avoided public scrutiny. There is already an LNG import facility at the site, which local residents, fisherman and surfers opposed when it…Continue Reading “DeSmogBlog: Sempra Energy Plans to Export Fracked Gas on the West Coast — via Mexico”

CityLab: The Long Road to Mexico City’s First Elected Woman Mayor

I wrote about Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City’s first elected woman mayor. Her election was the outcome of years of feminist organizing, and her administration will give unprecedented attention to women’s issues. “When Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo takes office in December, it will be the culmination of an historic moment: Last month, she became the first woman elected mayor of Mexico City, winning 47 percent of the vote in a crowded field. Sheinbaum’s election was a moment a long time in the making according to Ximena Andion,…Continue Reading “CityLab: The Long Road to Mexico City’s First Elected Woman Mayor”

CIGI Online: NAFTA Will Test López Obrador’s Campaign Promises

In my first article for CIGI Online, I wrote about the conundrums facing president-elect López Obrador as NAFTA renegotiations come to a close: “Andrés Manuel López Obrador has never minced his words when addressing US President Donald Trump — until now, that is. ‘I think that it is worth making an effort to conclude the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA],’ López Obrador wrote in a letter to Trump, made public on July 22. He closed the letter comparing himself to Trump:…Continue Reading “CIGI Online: NAFTA Will Test López Obrador’s Campaign Promises”

DeSmogBlog: Mexico’s New Populist President Considers Foreign Pipeline Plans Despite Indigenous Protests

I wrote for the DeSmogBlog with Steve Horn about indigenous resistance to pipeline expansion in Mexico, and what could come next under president-elect López Obrador. “Outgoing president Enrique Peña Nieto signed the energy reforms in late 2013, opening the previously state-owned oil and gas sector monopolized by the company Pemex (Petróleos Mexicanos) to direct foreign investment. With little popular fanfare, the floodgates are now open for international business, and since 2013, foreign companies have invested heavily in pipeline infrastructure set to transport oil and natural…Continue Reading “DeSmogBlog: Mexico’s New Populist President Considers Foreign Pipeline Plans Despite Indigenous Protests”

The New Republic: The Radical Amnesty Plan of Mexico’s Next President

I wrote for The New Republic about how Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s plans to shake up national strategies to combat drug-trafficking. “On Sunday, an unconventional candidate prevailed in Mexico’s presidential election, preaching forgiveness, instead of punishment, for Mexico’s drug war criminals. In debates and campaign ads, left-populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s opponents attacked his security proposals, including his call to offer amnesty for certain drug war crimes. While many details of the president-elect’s proposals have not been defined, what’s clear is that López Obrador, who…Continue Reading “The New Republic: The Radical Amnesty Plan of Mexico’s Next President”

CityLab: As Mexico’s Election Looms, Mayors Are Targets of Violence

I wrote for The Atlantic‘s CityLab about targeted violence against Mexico’s mayors and local candidates. In the lead-up to the July 1 elections, 48 candidates were killed around the country. “Antonia Jaimes Moctezuma was in her restaurant, El Toreo, in Chilapa, Guerrero on February 21 when two men on motorbikes pulled up to the restaurant and started firing shots. She was hit four times and killed. Jaimes Moctezuma was running for a seat in the state assembly to represent the 25th district of Guerrero for…Continue Reading “CityLab: As Mexico’s Election Looms, Mayors Are Targets of Violence”