The Verge: Mexico struggles to weed out fake news in its biggest election ever

I wrote for The Verge about Mexico’s fake news problem in the lead-up to the July 1 elections. “‘SCANDAL!!,’ read the Facebook post of Mexican comedian and journalist Jorge Roberto Avilés on March 6th. ‘The government of Venezuela has confirmed on its television station (Venevision) what we all already knew: Nicolás Maduro is behind Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s campaign.’ Accompanying the post was a video that proved what opponents of López Obrador, a three-time Mexican presidential candidate, had long claimed: López Obrador was a crony…Continue Reading “The Verge: Mexico struggles to weed out fake news in its biggest election ever”

Culinary Backstreets: Xochimilco, Keeping Mexico City’s Agricultural Treasure Afloat

“A few intrepid trajinera (gondola) operators sit along the Cuemanco Dock, waiting for tourists to take through the canals. We’re in Xochimilco, the southern-most borough of Mexico City. It’s a popular weekend destination for trajinera rides, when entire extended families float along the canals, drinking micheladas (beer prepared with lime and Worcestershire sauce) and eating elotes (grilled whole corn cobs) sold off canoes. But this weekday morning is quiet. As the morning fog burns off, we set out on a green, motorized trajinera into Xochimilco’s…Continue Reading “Culinary Backstreets: Xochimilco, Keeping Mexico City’s Agricultural Treasure Afloat”

Nexos: Teleféricos en Latinoamérica y México: imitar a Medellín no basta

“Ecatepec, en el Estado de México, es el municipio más poblado de México, con más de 1.6 millones de habitantes. La migración masiva del campo mexicano a la Ciudad de México y su zona conurbada ha transformado Ecatepec desde los años 60, cuando tenía tan sólo 60,000 habitantes, según el INEGI. Sin embargo, el desarrollo del transporte público en esta ciudad no ha mantenido el mismo ritmo, y los habitantes típicamente dependen de autobuses concesionados que sobrepoblados, lentos y hasta peligrosos. En el primer cuatrimestre…Continue Reading “Nexos: Teleféricos en Latinoamérica y México: imitar a Medellín no basta”