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Comedy and Activism from Mexico

JM Casanueva, author of the blog SocialTIC, reviews the new trend in activism in Mexico that uses humor on blogs and social networks to reach a larger audience:

El humor siempre ha sido una táctica exitosa para transmitir causas de manera empática (sí, que alguien que no seas tú o tus colegas activistas entiendan la problemática) y llegar a públicos más amplios (sí, más allá de lxs [sic] grupos de sospechosos comunes que siempre te retuitean). El activismo mexicano de 2014 ha tenido una muy buena dosis de humor por parte de comediantes que han aprovechado sus talentos, agudeza y compromiso social para buscar impactar en la sociedad.

Humor has always been a successful tactic to transmit causes in an empathetic way (yes, someone who is not you or your fellow activists understands the problem) and reach larger audiences (yes, beyond the lxs [sic] groups of usual suspects that always retweet you). Mexican activism in 2014 has had a good dose of humor by comedians that have used their talents, keenness and social engagement to impact society.

You can follow SocialTIC on Twitter.

This post was part of the seventh #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on June 16, 2014.

“No Strings Attached Sex is a Multiple Rules Game”

Mariangel Calderon recommends on her blog El Ovario (The ovary) not to have unrealistic expectations after no-strings-attached sex. She writes this is one of the games with more ruels and it's even more commendable than simply falling in love by preventing someone like that gets into your life unauthorized. She lists some lgunas rules:

…Se debe evitar al máximo el contacto visual antes, durante y después de la acción, porque bien dicen que los ojos son las ventanas del alma y no vaya a ser que un ladrón emocional se quiera apropiar de las tranquilidades cotidianas.

Cuando el gozo llega a extremos sorprendentes es el momento de huir y recoger la ropa, alisarse el cabello, la falda y la moral para volver otro día por un poco más y en esos casos jamás se debe uno de quedar ahí cual koala al bambú esperando el gratificante y muy necesario mañanero, porque el acto de dormir es incluso más íntimo que el de compartir los cuerpos del delito.

También se deben rechazar las llamadas y mensajitos post coitales; si, esos que nos reafirman que las lecciones de kamasutra y pole dance aprendidas en el you tube surtieron efecto.

…You must avoid to the maximum visual contact before, during and after the action, as it's well known that eyes are the window of the soul and you have to prevent a thief of emotions to take away your daily tranquilities.

When the enjoyment reaches amazing levels, it's time to run away and pick up your clothes, straighten your hair, skirt and morale so you come back another day for some more, and in those cases you should never stay there as a koala does with bamboo, waiting for the gratifying and very necessary early morning sex, because the act of sleeping is even more íntimate that sharing the corpus delicti.

You should also reject after sex calls and messages, yes, those that confirm us that the kamasutra lessons and pole dance learned thanks to YouTube took effect.

This post was part of the seventh #LunesDeBlogsGV [Monday of biogs on GV] on June 16, 2014.

The Humanitarian Tragedy of Children Emigrating Alone

From Mexico, Katia D'Artigues, author of the blog Campos Elíseos (Champs Elysées), writes about the children who see themselves forced to emigrate on their own [es], and calls this a “humanitarian tragedy”:

Son niños que son orillados a cruzar la frontera solos. No lo hacen por aventura, sino porque muchas veces no les queda de otra, por pobreza; porque buscan reunirse con un familiar quizá su padre o su madre que ya está en Estados Unidos. Su número crece día con día. Ya se cuentan en miles y al menos un centenar son detenidos todos los días de acuerdo a cifras no oficiales.

They are children who are pulled to cross the border by themselves. They don't do it for the sake of adventure, but because most of the times they don't have any more choices, out of poverty; because they are looking to reunite with a relative, maybe their father or mother who is already in the United States. Figures grow day by day. They are already counted by the thousands and at least a hundred are put into custody every day, according to unofficial numbers.

She then adds:

Cómo están estos niños? Independiente de su estatus y nacionalidad son niños y tienen derechos. [...] Lo cierto es que ya se estipuló que se les asignará un abogado gratis para ver su proceso que, como es obvio, es único en cada caso. Ahora, son solo 100 abogados que comenzarán a trabajar en diciembre de este año o enero de 2015.
No van a alcanzar.

How are those children? No matter their status and citizenship, they are children and have rights. [...] It's established already that they will be provided an attorney for free to assess their process, which obviously is one per child. For now, there are only 100 attorneys who will start working by December this year or January 2015.
They won't be enough.

What to Do Before Pregnancy

[All links direct to pages in Spanish.]

Zahir Aileen, author of the blog Las netas de mamá (Mom´s truths), lists a series of important recommendations to women who want to get pregnant in this article:

Si ya tomaste la decisión de ser madre espera solo un poco (uno a tres meses) para darte un espacio de preparación para tener una salud óptima para vivir tu embarazo y permitir que tú bebé se desarrolle adecuadamente. Este es el motivo por el cual es mejor comenzar a actuar tal como si estuvieras embarazada antes de estarlo de verdad.

If you already made the decision to have a baby, just wait a while (one to three months) to give yourself time to prepare in order to be in excellent health ahead of your pregnancy and let your baby grow properly. This is why it's better to start acting as if you were pregnant even before you are.

The blog is dedicated to share interesting issues for parents and those who are expecting. You can follow them on Twitter.

This post was part of the sixth #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on June 9, 2014.

Do #IWantToBelieve in Mexico's National Football Team?

On his blog Se hace camino al andar (We walk to make the way), Mexican Andrés Mayorquín expresses his opinion [es] about the participation of Mexican national football team in Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014 and the hashtag on Twitter to support it #Quierocreer (I want to believe):

Personalmente se me hace una campaña ridícula, tan lastimera que da pena, pero por lo menos es realista. La ha de haber hecho algún publicista recomendado por algún político encumbrado, como el que dijo “Yo sí robé, pero poquito” y que ha llegado a donde está gracias a eso, al simplismo emocional de muchos mexicanos. [...] La Selección tuvo tan pésimos resultados durante la eliminatoria mundialista y hasta la fecha, que de verdad se necesita un acto de fe extraordinario para pensar algo positivo de ella.

I personally think this is a ridiculous campaign, so pitiful that is sorrowful, but at least it is realistic. Surely it was managed by a publicist recommended by some lauded politician, just as the one who said “I did steal, but a very little bit” and who is where he is thanks to that, to the emotional simpleness many Mexicans have. [...] The national team did it so badly during the qualifying round and until now that a really extraordinary leap of faith is necessary to think positively about it.

He adds:

Hay muchos quejosos sobre el tema del Mundial. Que si es un distractor, que si aturde a los mexicanos, que es un complot para mantenernos embobados, etc. Seré sincero, si tengo oportunidad, veré los partidos de futbol, como hice con los partidos anteriores, pero sin muchas expectativas. Creo que le pondré más interés a tratar de entender la reforma energética, o si con el empujón del Banxico ahora sí levanta la economía, o si puedo ser Consejero Electoral. Lo haré porque no #QuieroCreer, quiero ver resultados.

Many complain about the whole World Cup issue. That it is distracting, that numbs Mexicans, that it is a plot to keep us all besotted, etc. I'll be honest, if I have the chance, I'll watch the matches, as I did in previous matches, but not with high expectations. I think I'll be more interested in trying to understand the energy reform, or if with Banxico [Banco de México, the central bank of Mexico] the economy now gets better, or if I can become an Electoral Counsel. I will do it because I don't want to believe, I want to see results.

Follow him on Twitter.

This post was part of the sixth #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on June 9, 2014.

The Driver Is Not to Blame, It's the Pedestrian!?


Image by Osiris Jasso ans used with his permission.

Osiris Jasso, a Global Voices contributor, reports on his personal Tumblr blog about traffic and common sense violations in his neighborhood in San Luis Potosí's historic downtown in Mexico. After an accident due to misuse of sidewalks by unscrupulous drivers, Osiris claims:

Exigimos a las autoridades que liberen las banquetas de los coches estacionados en ellas, que eduquen a l@s automovilistas sobre la preferencia que goza el peatón, la bici y la silla de ruedas en las calles, y que reduzcan los límites máximos de velocidad en las vías no principales de la ciudad. Que elaboren políticas públicas de movilidad que beneficien al transporte público, la bicicleta y el andar desde una perspectiva humana y amigable con la civilidad, la convivencia armónica y el medio ambiente. Que nos devuelvan nuestra ciudad.

We demand our authorities to make the sidewalks free from parked cars, to educate drivers about the preference that pedestrians, bikes and wheelchairs have, and to reduce high speed limits for secondary roads in the city. To prepare transport public policies that would benefit it, as well as the bikes and walkers from a civility-friendly and human perspective, with the harmonious coexistence and the environment. We want our city back.

He ends up with a desperate call: “let emergency service take care of us while it's still possible to do something to protect us”.

For more updates, you can follow Osiris Jasso on his Twitter account, @typgrph.

This post was part of the seventh #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on June 16, 2014.

Mexican Bloggers Support Their National Team

Samantha Martínez is blogging on Tarjeta Azul about the day-to-day at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. This time, she shares her passion for her country's national team, Mexico, and sums up the rivalry between this team and the local one, and shows her support for the Mexican crew:

¡Que se acaben los prejuicios! Apoyar y creer en el triunfo mexicano NO es patriotismo ciego, es optimismo. Mejor vivir así la vida, ver el vaso medio lleno. Recurriendo a los preceptos generales de autoestima y emprendimiento, el cuestionamiento principal es: Si tú no crees en ti mismo ¿Quién más lo va a hacer?. Creemos en ti México. ¡Vamos TRI! ¡A ganar!

No more prejudices! To support and believe in a Mexican victory is NOT blind patriotism, it's optimism. It's better to live this way, seeing the glass half full. By using these general self-esteem and endeavor precepts, the main question is: if you don't believe in yourself, who else will believe? We believe in you, Mexico. Come on, three stripes! Let's win!

Stay up-to-date with the World Cup via the author's blog and on Twitter.

This post was part of the seventh #LunesDeBlogsGV (Monday of blogs on GV) on June, 16, 2014.

Social Media Loves Mexican Goalkeeper ‘Memo’ Ochoa

The very much lauded performance by Mexican goalkeeper Guillerno “Memo” Ochoa during his national team's World Cup match with Brazil has made him a social media star.

The Mexican music band Tres Tristes Tigres dedicated a “corrido” to Ochoa on YouTube:

Ochoa has also received a marriage proposal from the well-known singer Thalía:

Ochoa has became a hero after his performance with Brazil, and Thalia proposed through her Instagram account.

#DontMessWithMexico: The “Halconazo” Massacre, 43 Years Later


Image by Jacobo Nájera, used with permission.

Alberto R. León, a blogger from Mexico specialized in free software, literature, and transmedia stories, shares on website MasDe131 (More than 131, es) how Mexico City remembered the 43rd anniversary of the Corpus Christi massacre, or “Halconazo“:

Diez de junio ha sido un día complicado en las calles de la Ciudad de México, ya que en las avenidas del centro se conmemoró un año más de aquel fatal 10 de junio de 1971, cuando por órdenes de la presidencia, fuerzas policiales reprimieron con brutalidad una manifestación de estudiantes de universidades y preparatorias que exigían cosas no muy distantes a las que se exigen el día de hoy: libertad a los presos políticos, libertad de expresión, alto a la represión, mejor calidad de vida, mejores trabajos y por supuesto, mejor educación. Aquel hecho [...] dejó como resultado la sangre de una juventud indignada, muerte, desapariciones y una gran cantidad de lesionados. [...] La acción del día diez nos dejó algo en claro, tenemos que manifestarnos, sí, pero también darle un giro a la lógica para hacerlo. [...] El fomento de la creatividad, la participación activa de las personas, la integración y la pluralidad son tan sólo algunos de los aspectos que este tipo de acciones pueden tener.

June 10 has been a hard day on Mexico City streets because downtown they commemorated one more year since that fateful June 10, 1971, when police forces following presidential orders brutally suppressed a high school and university student rally, which had demands not that different from today's demands: release of political prisoners, freedom of expression, the end of repression, better quality of life, better jobs and, of course, better education. That incident [...] ended in the blood of outraged youth, death, disappearances and a great number of injured people. [...] The actions on the 10th made something clear, we have to protest, yes, but also rethink how to do so. [...] Fostering creativity, active participation by some individuals, integration and plurality are are just some of the aspects these kind of actions can have.

‘The Time Has Come!’ Brazil 2014 World Cup

Mexican communication specialist Samantha Michelle Martínez [es] expresses her excitement for the kicking off of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, remembers the buzz around previous tournaments and invites readers to support the teams [es]:

Fuera de la polémica sobre el escandaloso proceso que la Selección Mexicana tuvo para poder calificar a Brasil 2014, nos permitimos olvidar un rato, queremos dejar de ser imparciales, sentir que nuestro ego se infle tantito. Qué más da, en el mundial todos lo hacen. Y es permitido, ya que esta fiesta sólo ocurre cada cuatro años y es de lo más selectiva.

Leaving aside the controversy about the boisterous process the Mexican national team went through to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, let's just forget for a while that we don't want to be unbiased, we want to feel our ego puffing up a little bit. Whatever, during the World Cup everybody does that. And we are allowed to, as this party comes only once every four years, and it's very selective.

She writes often about sports and her favorite tourist destinations. If you are interested in updates during the World Cup, follow her blog Tarjeta Azul [es] and her Twitter account.

This post was part of the sixth #LunesDeBlogsGV [Monday of blogs on GV] on June 9, 2014.

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