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..the heartbeat of the Riviera Nayarit

January 03 2010

Happy New year!


Over 50 hardy Canadians braved the frigid temperature of 28 degrees  to celebrate the 2nd annual Polar Bear swim in the Mexican seaside village of Rincon de guayabitos, 70 kilometres north of Puerto Vallarta on the Nayarit Riviera.  Bill Bell Photograph 


A Little Bit of Hollywood in Coastal Mexico:

Producer Eddie Dominguez

© Tara A. Spears


One wouldn’t expect to meet famous people tucked away in a little town in the Riviera Nayarit, far from the bling of the Hollywood, USA, film and television industry. Yet this rural beach town of La Penita is becoming an enclave of seriously talented individuals that while they leave their glamour and titles north of the border, still infuse the area with creative impact. One such talent is television producer Eddie Dominguez.  He might adopt the guy next door persona in Mexico, but his intelligence, keen artistic eye, business acumen, and sharp social perceptions are evident even in casual conversation. “Eddie is just such a sincere, nice guy,” said Hala, a neighbor and La Penita business woman.”He cares about people and the community.”


Born in Los Angeles, Eddie is second generation Mexican-American. “I was somewhat late to appreciate my Mexican heritage. I grew up speaking English, accepted the typical American west coast attitude towards culture, music, living.” Eddie credits his mother and the nuns at his private school for influencing his strong belief in community service: “One of my junior high teachers marched with Dr. Martin Luther King. She personified the ‘60’s activism. We would talk about the ‘strive to be equal’ and the anti-war movements and how it affected each individual and the country.” This openness to controversial issues would serve Eddie well professionally. Even though as a child he occasionally visited relatives in Chihuahua, Mexico, Eddie wasn’t interested in learning Spanish or Mexican traditions until he was 18 years old. “When I went to college, I began to appreciate my Mexican heritage and wanted to learn about it. I also decided to learn to speak Spanish.” He graduated with a B.S. in English and Mexican History from California State University.  Living in Los Angeles, which is the mecca of the entertainment industry, Eddie aspired to work in film but after accepting a ’starter’ job with a local television cable station, he was hooked on the potential of the small screen. In his 23 years in Hispanic television, Eddie’s creative vision and astute social perceptions earned his work as Director of Marketing, Program Director, Producer, and station General Manager accolades and loyal Los Angeles and national viewers.

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Ban continues work on climate change

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Why Mexico Is Anxious About Its Bicentennia

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Bachoco Announces Effects of Mexican Tax Reforms

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Retirees Flock to Mexico for the Sun and the Health Care

Thousands of Americans are increasingly traveling to resort towns like Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico, not for vacation, but for the cheap health care. In many cases, reports Ray Suarez, for care they couldn't afford in the United States.

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Bachoco Announces Effects of Mexican Tax Reforms

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Doctors bring medical care to Tijuana slum

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Looking Towards Forging a Climate Pact in Mexico Next Year

While most countries are not happy with the outcome of this month's summit on climate change in Copenhagen, "really good progress" was made towards a binding agreement "to save the world," with the United Nations leading the way to possible adoption at next year's meeting in Mexico, UN General Assembly President Ali Treki said yesterday…click here to read more




A thank you from Ana's Children


Hola es un gusto saludarles y saber que muchas personas han hecho
posible nuestra tranquilidad y armonia ahora estamos de vacaciones
tanto kenia como yo(Suyín) y nuestra hermana menor(Miriam) ya que h a
estado estos dos días con nosotras es de mucho agrado y nos hace muy
feliz su precencia en el bungalow que estamos viviendo con la Sra.
Irma del Restaurante mi Casita es un honor contar con el apoyo del
grupo de Martes Woman's, Larry y Susan, Jean, Lupita Cuevas y Misión
Cristiana gracias a Dios por sus vidas les deseo un Feliz y Prospero
A;o Nuevo en compa;ia de sus seres queridos con muchas bendiciones en
este proximo a;o 2010.
Gracias a Todos.

[The above was written by Suyin and Kenia to thank those who have been
helping them.]





The Perez Brothers are back!!!

@ Latitude 21

Hurray!  Grab your dancing shoes - the Perez Brothers will be playing every Saturday night, starting at 7:00 p.m. on Jan. 16, at Latitude 21.
Reservations are required for dinner but not for drinks & dancing  There's no cover charge & Latitude 21 prices are very reasonable - plus they have great food.

Legislators Lament Surprise Gas Hike
Yvonne Reyes Campos - The News
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December 29, 2009


Deputies of the PRI, PRD and even PAN have criticized the recent increase in the cost of Magna gas (from $7.77 pesos to $7.80 pesos per liter) and warned that they will demand an explanation from the Treasury Secretariat because the Federal Government had agreed not to increase the cost of fuel this year.

José Antonio Arámbula of the PAN expressed his surprise at the increase in less than a week but said that he trusts the price will not go up again in 2010.

“It took us off-guard. I hope this adjustments were made now instead of next year, because we knew that the gas price would gradually increase but we thought it would not happen until next year,” he declared.

“I think we need to get to the bottom of this, we will ask why it was done twice in one week; we need Treasury to explain what was the point of these increase,” he added.

Sebastían Lerdo de Tejada of the PRI also said that the Treasury had acted behind their backs and that is why it has to give an explanation.

The PRD Deputy Vidal Llerenas agreed with both Deputies. “There was an agreement of Treasury Secretariat to not increase the gas prices this year. The prices did increase and there is no explanation for that.”

They also acknowledged that prices of basic products will increase and the New Year will begin with inflation.

The increase has almost eliminated the minimum wage increase for 2010.



A thank you to the The Barbie Fashion Show Volunteers and attendees.



Thanks to Roberto, Eddie and Lucy at the Xaltemba Restaurant in La Penita we were able to mount thie inaugural Barbie Fashion Show from 17 to 20th of December. From conception to conclusion It was an awesome production. Beginning with the pyramid that Tom Plattenberger built to show case the barbies to the final night when Santa arrived, the whole spectacular was beyond belief. 


A couple of dozen volunteers spent two days at Geri de Moss’ house in Los Ayala previous to the show cleaning up, coifing and dressing over 700 barbie dolls. All of the dolls were contributed and transported to Mexico by folks from Canada and the United States. Many of the doll outfits were handmade by several of the volunteers. 


On Thursday morning of the show a dozen volunteers helped place 425 barbies on the pyramid display at the Xaltemba Restaurant Gallery. With the help of Lucy aka Barbie, Roberto, Eddie and staff, we had a successful reception on Saturday evening. The concluding evening on Sunday, Santa arrived and gave away 45 of the dolls to some especially invited children under the direction of George Aceves and Tom Plattenberger. As of Christmas morning all of the 730 dolls had found new homes in the arms of many local children.

We had 78 people sign the guest book but believe that many more attended the four day show. Total monetary donations toward the yarn fund to dress the dolls for next year amounted to 2,683 pesos plus 2,000 pesos in donated materials. Our anonymous donor volunteered to match the donations up to 5,000 pesos. A heart felt THANK YOU is extended to all including Jaltemba Sol for their publicity of the show. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Geri de Moss, The Barbie Lady.

Naked barbies before they get their hand made ward drove



Teotihuacan is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico, containing some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Apart from the pyramidal structures, Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes, the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful, well-preserve... murals. At its zenith in the first half of the 1st millennium CE, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. At this time it may have had more than 200,000 inhabitants, placing it among the largest cities of the world in this period. The civilization and cultural complex associated with the site is also referred to as Teotihuacan or Teotihuacano.

One of the world's most remarkable ancient sites  Photography by Bill Bell

Mexican Stocks at Highest Level in More than 2 Years
Patrick Rucker - Reuters
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December 25, 2009


Mexico City - Mexican stocks rose to their highest level in more than two years on Thursday despite holiday-thinned volume, as the peso firmed on fresh positive U.S. economic data pointing to a strengthening recovery.

The benchmark IPC stock index gained 0.30 percent to 32,548.53 points, just shy of its strongest level since Oct. 2007, driven by mining stocks.

Copper giant Grupo Mexico ended up 1.3 percent at 30.29 pesos as the red metal rallied to a new 15-month peak in New York futures trade. Miner Penoles jumped 1.45 percent to close at 294.41 pesos as silver also rose.

Fixed-line telephone giant Telmex rose 1 percent to 11.09 pesos while broadcaster Televisa, which is planning to launch a new 24-hour news cable channel next year, closed up 0.84 percent at 53.97 pesos.

Many other stocks were flat or slightly higher after data in the United States showed jobless claims fell to their lowest level since September 2008, raising hopes for a quick economic recovery for Mexico's largest trade partner.

Mexico's stock exchange has been recovering from a year-low set in March as markets reeled from the global financial crisis. Since mid-year, most stock prices have been steadily erasing those steep losses.

The Mexican stock exchange stopped trading at noon on Thursday and will be closed on Friday in observance of Christmas.

Mexico's peso strengthened 0.32 percent to 12.87 per dollar, also in light trading. In the debt market, the benchmark 10-year peso traded at 7.955 percent, up nearly 5 basis points from Wednesday's close.

(Editing by Dan Grebler)

Leon Mexico



Dot & Bill,
Wishing you the best for the holidays!
May your season be blessed.
Thank you for all the support you've given us this past year,
and all the coverage you give all the community groups in the area.
Roberto & Eddie

Tonight (Wednesday 23rd) - The Frixoleros play 6:30 and 8pm!
Christmas Eve - open for breakfast/lunch during the tianguis 8-1 and Dinner, 6-9pm
Christmas Day - open for dinner, 6-9pm (reservation recommended)
Saturday 26th - Dinner
Sunday 27th - Dinner and Cabaret at 8:30 (reservation recommended)
Monday 28th - closed
Tuesday 29th - Dinner
Wednesday 30th - Dinner
New Year's Eve - tianguis breakfast and lunch, CLOSED in the evening
New Year's Day - BRUNCH - 10-2
Sunday 3rd January - Dinner and Underwater Cabaret

See you soon!  

Eddie, Roberto, Pablo, Anahi, Chayo, Alex, Carly, Emma, Lucy, Victor, Sergio, Flavi, Joel and Josh




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Bitten by the Mordida in Mexico
Lori Rackl - Chicago Sun-Times
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December 28, 2009

In Mexico, it’s called the 'mordida,' or bite — a bribe paid to get out of hot water with unscrupulous authorities, who have been known to trump up bogus traffic charges against tourists — and locals.
During a Mexico vacation last month in Puerto Vallarta, Bill and Julie Heitz of Chicago's west suburban Glen Ellyn were driving to dinner with a couple of friends who own a timeshare in this popular tourist spot.

Shortly before reaching their restaurant, Bill Heitz, 67, was pulled over by three men in police uniforms. Here’s his account of what happened:

Waving a baton, one of the officers motioned Heitz to the side of the road. The officer walked up to Heitz’s rental car and told him he was getting a ticket for running a stop sign.

Heitz told the officer he didn’t see a stop sign and was just following the car in front of him through the intersection. That car, with Mexican license plates and containing what appeared to be a Mexican family, also had been pulled over. But the police quickly let that car go. Heitz suspects the officers were looking for tourists, not locals.

The officer took Heitz’s driver’s license and told him he owed a fine of 800 pesos ($62). He could pay it the following day at a place rather far away, north of the airport.

“My wife asked if there was any way we could pay the fine tonight,” Heitz recalled.

Why yes, the officer said. He could pay right here, right now: 500 pesos.

“I gave him 500 pesos,” Heitz said. “He handed me my license back. No ticket.”

In Mexico, it’s called the “mordida,” or bite — a bribe paid to get out of hot water with unscrupulous authorities, who have been known to trump up bogus traffic charges against tourists — and locals.

“I didn’t want to be screwing around with these folks; paying the $42 seemed to be the easiest way out of it,” said Heitz, who walked back to the intersection after dinner. There was no stop sign.

To be sure, this kind of corruption isn’t confined to Mexico.

I remember relying on my high school German during a shouting match with a couple of crooked cops in what is now the Czech Republic, shortly after the Iron Curtain fell. They said I was speeding. I wasn’t. When I’d run out of German verbs, I reluctantly forked over 20 deutsche marks. They gave me back my passport and sent me on my way with a “Guten tag!”

While no part of the world is immune to shady authorities looking to get their palms greased, Mexico’s mordida is a well-known phenomenon. The U.S. State Department’s Web site notes that Americans “have become victims of harassment, mistreatment and extortion by Mexican law enforcement and other officials” and “tourists should be wary of persons representing themselves as police officers or other officials.”

The State Department recommends that Americans take down an officer’s name, badge number and patrol car number if they want to file a complaint, and reminds visitors that “offering a bribe to a public official to avoid a ticket or other penalty is a crime in Mexico.”

Claudia Quiroz, a spokeswoman for the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, said fines for traffic tickets in Mexico are paid at the local police station — never to a police officer directly. If an officer is asking you to pay a fine on the spot, Quiroz said you should politely refuse and ask for the ticket instead. If the charges are fake, the officer likely will be reluctant to pursue it further.

Quiroz said the mordida problem is “getting better, slowly but surely,” but tourists need to be part of the solution by refusing to play the bribe game and “sticking to the right way to do things.”

“Mexico is doing a lot of efforts to finish with this practice,” she added.

A couple of years ago, Mexico City started a corruption hotline — 089 — that visitors and residents can call to make an anonymous report about potential abuses of power in the country’s capital.

In Mexico’s Baja California state, officials are working on plans for a bilingual, tourist-focused police force to patrol a 50-mile tourist corridor from Tijuana through Playas de Rosarito to Ensenada. The plan calls for San Diego cops to help train the officers.

Recognizing that mordidas don’t help tourism — the third largest industry in Mexico — the private sector has joined in the fight, too.

“In the Cancun and Riviera Maya municipalities there has been a joint effort between car rental companies and local authorities to provide car rental customers with information in each car that lets them know that if they get pulled over for what might seem a questionable traffic violation, they are supposed to be given up to two warnings before they are actually issued a citation and fine,” said Alberto Gomez, an executive with Avis in Mexico.

Cancun police were caught in an embarrassing situation earlier this year when officers demanded $300 (U.S.) from the driver of a rental car filled with five American tourists — one of whom happened to be a state senator from Minnesota.

When Sen. Michelle Fischbach got home from vacation, she wrote a letter to Cancun’s mayor explaining what happened. The offending cops were canned, and the City of Cancun sent a check to Fischbach for the equivalent of $300.

Mexico tourism officials stress that the mordida is the exception, not the rule.

“In 2008 we received 18 million American tourists,” said Chicago-based Rodrigo Esponda, Midwest director for the Mexico Tourism Board. “For that amount of tourists, we hear very, very rarely about this. Honestly, I don’t think it’s a very common issue.”

Esponda encourages tourists who feel like they’ve been treated unfairly to report it to one of the six Mexico Tourism Board offices in the United States. You can reach the Chicago branch by calling (312) 228-0517, ext. 15, or e-mail chicago(at)

It doesn’t hurt to alert the local U.S. Consulate office in Mexico, either. Email addresses and phone numbers for those offices can be found on the website HERE.

“We really appreciate the feedback,” Esponda said. “We’d like every tourist who goes down to Mexico to have a very pleasant experience — and most do.”

With the exception of being bitten by the mordida, Heitz’s visit to Puerto Vallarta was just that: a very pleasant experience.

“The folks were very nice. All the merchants were accommodating,” he said. “I’d go back down there again. But I don’t know that I’d drive.”

What to do if you're about to get bit: Advice from bloggers on how to handle getting stopped by a crooked cop in Mexico:

Play along: If you happily agree that you would love to drive 30 miles out of your way and stay in the middle of nowhere for an extra night so you can pay the fine, this will likely confuse the police officer. Accustomed to anger and arguments at this point in the bribe scenario, they will be thrown off guard with your willingness to comply with their ridiculous demands ... the police officer will often realize you have called his bluff, hand you back the documents and let you continue on your way without paying any bribes. —

Before giving them your license, ask for their name and badge number: You gain leverage now because you can later easily identify the official. They would rather remain anonymous. You also let them know that you know what you're doing and are not an ignorant tourist that they can easily manipulate. Once they have your license, they have a certain amount of power over you. You may (and should) refuse to surrender your license until you have recorded this information. Let them see you write it down. If you can't communicate in Spanish, use hand gestures to explain you want to see their badge. (Note: Most officials wear their badge on their chest, which allows you to easily see their name and identification number. If they're not wearing their badge or refuse to give you that information, you can bet they plan on trying to take advantage of you.) —

Recognize the “scam” for what it is and be willing to pay the roadside officer just to get on with your vacation: If you elect to do this, $10 to $20 (U.S.) is the maximum to pay for such “vacation convenience.” If they want more than this, go to the police station and pay the actual fine for the violation. —



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Just a reminder that Mixed slowpitch is Wed at 11 AM at the ball diamond next to the Guayabitos PEMEX. All welcome. We share gloves so even if you don't have one come on out.


Mexico: Safety Comes in Pink Taxis
Sara Miller Llana - Christian Science Monitor
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December 25, 2009


A taxi driver arrives for her shift in Puebla, Mexico. (Eliana Aponte/Reuters)
Mexico joins countries as far away as Lebanon and India with its female-only pink taxis that provide smoother and safer transport for female commuters, as more women join the workforce.

Mexico City - One of the first lessons a new visitor in Mexico learns, especially a woman, is this: Do not hail a cab off the street. Too often criminals posing as drivers transport passengers not to their requested destinations but to bank machines to empty out their savings.

Now Mexico has an answer, at least for women: The central city of Puebla this October unveiled a fleet of 35 bright-pink cars for women only, and Mexico City followed suit in November with plans for a similar service.

Female-only cabs are not only intended to shield women from would-be criminals but also from lewd looks and sexual passes. The idea came after Mexico City launched a new fleet of women-only buses in January 2008 that refuse men passage. The city also offers women-only space in the subway.

Mexico joins countries as far away as Lebanon and India trying to provide smoother and safer transport for female commuters, as more and more women join the workforce. (Read about Lebanon's pink taxis here.)

In Mexico, “pink taxis” might arrive in other cities if the program is deemed a success. But not all are in favor.

Mexican feminists, for one, have grumbled that the pink-hued vehicles, which come equipped with global-positioning systems and panic buttons, reinforce old stereotypes about women. But others have more tangible concerns. While taxi drivers have a bad rap in Mexico, they also are often victims.

Maricela Luna has been driving a taxi in Mexico City for a decade, ever since her kids grew up and she found that employers considered her too old.

“I had to look for something to employ myself,” she says. She says taxi driving is a good profession for a woman, even though it can be risky (she has been robbed by passengers a few times). That’s why she thinks pink cabs are a bad idea. Behind the wheel of her maroon and gold cab, she blends in.

“If you are in a pink car you stand out. They would know you are a female driver,” she says.


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Canadian Mining Companies at Odds with Many in Mexico
Frontera NorteSur
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December 28, 2009

If many locals have their way, Canada's Mexican gold rush won't extend to the southern tip of Baja California.

Planned for a site within the Sierra de la Laguna biosphere, the Paredones Amarillos gold mine is awaiting approval of a land use permit from federal authorities that could pave the way for the extraction an estimated 1.2 million ounces of gold over a period of 9.3 years.

But plans for the open pit mine proposed by Canadian-owned Vista Gold Corporation are sparking opposition from environmentalists and residents. Critics contend that metals and chemicals used in the mining process could contaminate precious groundwater supplies, scar a fragile ecosystem and threaten public health. Further, they fear critical sea turtle and whale habitats could be jeopardized from the construction of a desalination plant designed to pipe in water for mining operations from a coastal site at Las Playitas.

Ariel Ruiz, spokesman for a local citizens' movement gaining steam in Todos Santos and nearby communities, said opponents have gathered 3,000 signatures on a petition against a mine.

"What we are really talking about is that all the water we consume comes from the (Sierra de la Laguna)," Ruiz said. "People are opposed because it is a high price they might have to pay for this investment."

Boasting mixed stands of pine and oak, and recognized by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a world biosphere, the Sierra de la Laguna is the source of groundwater for a wide swath of Baja California Sur.

Vista Gold President Fred Earnest and project manager Carlos Calderon both dispute environmentalists' contentions that Paredones Amarillos would cause ecological harm. According to Calderon, Vista Gold will utilize environmentally sensitive, state-of-the-art mining technology and practices and uphold "the highest international standards" like the International Cyanide Management Code.

Projected to create nearly 400 construction and 300 mining jobs if it moves forward, the Paredones Amarillos mine will entail an investment of $170 million, according to Earnest. Also serving as Vista Gold's chief operating officer, Earnest pledged his company will establish a foundation to support health care and education in Baja California Sur.

"We want to be a responsible corporate citizen in Baja California Sur," Earnest said.

A decision on Vista Gold's land use permit application is expected sometime early next year.

The Paredones Amarillo controversy is among the latest ones to arise from the aggressive expansion of Canadian mining companies in Mexico. Already dominating foreign investment in the country's fast-growing mining sector, 200 Canadian companies are reportedly scouring 400 places in the Mexican Republic for possible new mines.

The surge in Canadian mining activities in Mexico and other parts of the world is being enthusiastically underwritten by the Harper administration. According to a compendium prepared by the Halifax Initiative, a coalition of non-governmental groups founded to press for reform of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, numerous government programs help subsidize Canadian mining companies through direct loans and guarantees, insurance, foreign aid policies, and stock investments from public pension funds.

The central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi is another front in the mining vs. environment battle. A long-running fight between local landowners and a national network of environmental and human rights activists on one side, and the Vancouver-based New Gold Incorporated on the other, almost came to a head last month when Mexico's Secretariat for the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) revoked an operating permit for the company's Cerro de San Pedro mine.

Reiterating charges that New Gold's operations were provoking public health problems from cyanide and mercury emissions, as well as causing damages to a historic church and other buildings, opponents applauded the decision. This month, however, a Mexican court threw out Semarnat's decision. Withdrawing the mining permit, the court stated, would adversely impact 500 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs linked to the mine. New Gold, the court ruled, "has always respected environmental rules that regulate the activity it pursues."

A citizen complaint about the mine was rejected earlier this year by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation. The Montreal-based commission is charged with investigating and issuing records of fact on environmental problems in the three member nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA].

In some places, violence has been directed against mining opponents. After months of reportedly suffering threats, jail and even physical assault, Mariano Abarca, a prominent anti-mining organizer for the Mexican Anti-Mining Network (REMA) in Chiapas, was shot to death November 27 in the town of Chicomuselo, where farmers have waged a struggle against a barite mine run by the Canadian-Mexican firm Blackfire Exploration Ltd.

Earlier this month, Chiapas state law enforcement officials arrested three men purportedly connected to Blackfire Exploration Mexico for Abarca's murder. Citing environmental violations, the Chiapas state government also ordered the Chicomuselo mine temporarily shut down.

Samuel Ruiz, the former bishop of San Cristobal de las Casas, spoke out against the murder of the environmental activist. In order to prevent more deaths like Abarca's, Ruiz appealed for an end to the "criminalization of defenders, as well as the stigmatization and repression of organized peaceful protest."

A growing international scandal surrounds the Abarca murder. According to Rick Arnold, coordinator of the non-government organization Common Frontiers-Canada, documents in the possession of REMA and its supporters show that Blackfire was funneling $1,000 monthly into an account controlled by Chicomuselo's mayor for the purpose of keeping company opponents "under control."

The activist's slaying is helping stoke a rising debate over the conduct of Canadian companies abroad and the Harper government's role in promoting resource extraction in the developing world.

Opposed by the Harper administration and the mining industry, a piece of legislation pending in the Canadian Parliament, Bill C-300, proposes to make public financial and political support for private mining companies contingent on meeting human rights, environmental and health standards. A second bill, C-345, would permit foreigners to sue Canadian companies in Canadian courts for human rights abuses committed abroad.

Ottawa is clearly concerned about the ramifications of the Abarca murder. Two high officials, Canadian Governor-General Michaelle Jean and Peter Kent, junior foreign minister for the Americas, visited Chiapas shortly after Abarca's slaying, but did not meet with REMA members, as was requested by the group.

On December 18, four Canadian organizations — Common Frontiers-Canada, Mining Watch Canada, United Steelworkers, and Council of Canadians — jointly announced they would pursue legal charges with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police against Blackfire for violating the 1998 Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

There was no immediate comment from Blackfire, but an undated statement posted on the company's website lamented violence in Chicomuselo and expressed sympathy with family members of victims.

Sources:, December 18, 2009. Press statement. El Universal, September 7, 2009; December 9, 14 and 15, 2009. Articles by Alberto Aguilar, Gladys Rodriguez, Oscar Gutierrez and Adriana Ochoa., December 14, 2009. Article by Kristin Bricker. El Diario de Juarez, November 13, 2009. Greenpeace Mexico, November 19, 2009. Press statement. Ecoamericas, November 2009. Proceso/Mining Watch Canada, August 26, 2009. Article by Isain Mandujano and Sandra Cuffee. Commission for Environmental Cooperation, July 15, 2009. Press statement.

Frontera NorteSur (FNS)
Center for Latin American and Border Studies
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Amigos de Lo de Marcos Fundraiser

Saturday, 06 February 2010
15:00 - 22:00
Plaza Principal, Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, Mexico

This event raises funds that enable Amigos de Lo de Marcos to help the community of Lo de Marcos. Amigos projects last year included repairing bathrooms at the Elementary School, building garbage collection centers, providing transportation for Senior Citizens, building Recycling Bins, etc. There will be Live Music, auctions, raffles, and Great Food!! Donations for auction gratefully accepted!




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2004 Toyota RAV4 L, leather, alloy wheels, sunroof, roof rack
85,000 KM, Nayarit plates, very good condition.
13,000 US
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274 0733 Jonathan Boston
FOR SALE: 1993 Suburban. 30,000 peso. Contact Amelia at Castle Bungalows in LaPenita, 327-274-0958.
SE VENDE: 1993 Suburban, 30,000 pesos, Telephono Amelia en Castle Bungalows en LaPenita, 327-274-0958.
FOR SALE: My husband died. Need to sell his boat with Honda motor on a trailer. 55,000 pesos. Call Amelia at Castle Bungalows in LaPenita, 327-274-0958.
SE VENDE: Launcha con Honda motor en remolque. 55,000 pesos. Telephono Amelia en Castle Bungalows en LaPenita, 327-274-0958.
FOR SALE: Small freezer. Works good. 1,500 pesos. Contact Amelia at Castle Bungalows In LaPenita. 327-274-0958.
SE VENDE: Confrilador, chico, 1,500 pesos. Telephone Amelia en Castle Bungalows en LaPenita, 327-274-0958.

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 Bigfoot Truck Camper

2001 Model 3000, Series – Excellent Condition,

Queen size Bed, Dinette which converts to second bed

Range/Oven, Furnace, Double Sink, Full Shower and

Bathroom, Microwave, Air Conditioner, Two Awnings,

TV in Bedroom, Electric Jacks.  Immediate possession.

See  Tom at Oasis Trailer Park – Phone 322-116-6072

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1.  4 aluminum screen doors with frames and trim as well as locks and keys
2   4 heavy steel cross bar and glass doors with locks and keys
3   1 bathroom set with toilet, tank, sink and accessories
4   1 sliding shower door (tub size) with frame
Call 274 0776 for prices..  Will discount to someone who wants it all!!
Se Vende
1.  4 puertas de aluminio y moscatera con cerraduras y llaves - con marcos
2   4 puertas de fiero y vidrio, con cerraduras y llaves
3   1 juego de baño - taza, tanque, lavabo y acesorios para jabon, toallas, etc.
4   1 puerta corriendo para regadera con marco
Por favor llamar 274 - 0776 para precios - hay un descuento si quiere todas las cosas
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We would like to rent a 3 bedroom house on or very near the beach in Rincon de Guayabitos. Three Canadian couples with no children and all non smokers looking to rent from January 31, 2010 till March 15th 2010.

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