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A passing problem

"Pass! Pass! Pass!" scream parents on the sideline, and so the children do, a frantic toe nudge into the shins of an opposing player. Soccer players learn from a young age that passing is a virtue like ...

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Even more punching at Xalapa's independence celebration

A photographer was beaten during Mexican independence day celebrations in Xalapa, Veracruz, allegedly by state police forces. Karlo Reyes says he was attacked by ten men in plain clothes wearing lapel pins with a "cobra design." The attack took ...

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More punching, less shouting during Mexico's Independence "Grito"

News and social media painted a dismal picture of Mexico's normally ebullient Independence Day celebrations last night. According to sources, turnout was poor in Mexico City's main plaza, where the President Peña Nieto performed the traditional midnight "Shout" of ...

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Journalist's panic button slowly summons paperwork and bureaucracy

Everyone knows Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world for a reporter. But Flor Goche, at least, must have felt a little safer than her colleagues. For the last year she has been part of ...

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Old train wagon among Mexico State's top performing classrooms

Twenty-eight students in the community of San Bartolo, Mexico State, go to school in an old train wagon. Four grades are taught together in the Adolfo Lopez Mateos school, where the washrooms are makeshift, and there is not enough ...

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Discomfort zone

Last week I was talking to Edith Peredo, a young reporter at radio station Radio Teocelo near the city of Xalapa, Veracruz. Someone had just killed the photojournalist Ruben Espinosa who had worked for many years in ...

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For 15 years, Conrad lived in Mexico, where he worked as a freelance radio and print journalist. His work took him into a minefield, a gunfight, a dugout canoe and the homes of many fascinating, brave and generous people. He is also an avid teacher and has led classes in radio, robotics, soccer, physics and anthropology in a diversity of places, including office towers, lecture halls, fields and palm thatched huts.