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Beware of Dog

November 26th, 2012 Permalink

              In a stunning come from behind victory, Tijuana’s Xoloitzcuintles beat León last night, advancing to the finals of Mexican soccer just two years after arriving in its major league. Described as ‘the perfect game‘ by coach Antonio Mohamed, the Xolos offense was relentless. When the final whistle blew […]

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"Jason Thomas Fritz" "Tijuana" "Tijuanalandia" "Xolos" "Xoloitzcuintles" 

"Jason Thomas Fritz" "Tijuana" "Tijuanalandia" "Xolos" "Xoloitzcuintles" 

"Jason Thomas Fritz" "Tijuana" "Tijuanalandia" "Xolos" "Xoloitzcuintles" 
"Jason Thomas Fritz" "Tijuana" "Tijuanalandia" "Xolos" "Xoloitzcuintles" 
"Jason Thomas Fritz" "Tijuana" "Tijuanalandia" "Xolos" "Xoloitzcuintles" 

 
In a stunning come from behind victory, Tijuana’s Xoloitzcuintles beat León last night, advancing to the finals of Mexican soccer just two years after arriving in its major league. Described as ‘the perfect game‘ by coach Antonio Mohamed, the Xolos offense was relentless. When the final whistle blew after five nail-biting minutes of extra penalty play, the city of Tijuana erupted, taking to its streets to celebrate its win.

Spirit of ’68

July 5th, 2012 Permalink

       As evidence of electoral irregularities mount and massive vote buying schemes surface in the wake of Sunday’s presidential election in Mexico, a broad cross-section of Tijuana took to its streets to protest the president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto and the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s [PRI] return to power. Fearful that that their young democracy was being […]

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As evidence of electoral irregularities mount and massive vote buying schemes surface in the wake of Sunday’s presidential election in Mexico, a broad cross-section of Tijuana took to its streets to protest the president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto and the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s [PRI] return to power.

Fearful that that their young democracy was being hijacked by PRI—the one-party dictatorship that ruled Mexico for 71 years before finally being booted out in country’s first free and fair elections in 2000—several thousand demonstrators marched from Zone Rio to the offices of Instituto Federal Electoral, Mexico’s federal election commission.

One of the largest protests in Tijuana in recent memory, demonstrators took a circuitous route through the city during a 7 hour march that quadrupled in size as the day went on. Chanting ‘fraud, fraud, fraud’ and ‘Enrique, understand, you’re not our president,’ the peaceful but spirited roving protest demonstrated outside the offices of TV Azteca—the other half of Mexico’s television duopoly—who they charge with political bias during the campaign. Shortly thereafter, they surrounded the supermarket chain Soriana, whose prepaid gift cards were used in a PRI vote buying scandal in the state of Mexico, in what is now being called ‘Sorianagate.’

The march ended right where it started, at the statue of a defiant Cuauhtémoc, where the swelling crowd took over one of the city’s busiest traffic circles, and in true Tijuana style, quickly blurred the lines between demonstration and street party.

PRI View of Coming Attraction

June 25th, 2012 Permalink

  Enrique Peña Nieto, the front runner in Mexico’s presidential race, visited Tijuana recently where he was greeted by a crowd of 40,000 at a raucous campaign rally at the city’s Bullring By the Sea. Despite a late surge by his leftist rival Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with the election just days away, the Institutional […]

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Enrique Peña Nieto, the front runner in Mexico’s presidential race, visited Tijuana recently where he was greeted by a crowd of 40,000 at a raucous campaign rally at the city’s Bullring By the Sea.

Despite a late surge by his leftist rival Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with the election just days away, the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s ‘young and telegenic candidate with a matinee idol aura, a telenovela actress wife and an immobile hairdo,’ seems slated to take the presidency back for the party that ruled Mexico under authoritarianism for 71 years.

Springtime For Peña Nieto

June 11th, 2012 Permalink

  With a double digit lead over his two main rivals and the election just weeks away, as conventional political wisdom went, the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s candidate Enrique Peña Nieto seemed poised to take back the Mexican Presidency for the political party that governed Mexico for 71 years under authoritarian rule. But a deep unease […]

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With a double digit lead over his two main rivals and the election just weeks away, as conventional political wisdom went, the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s candidate Enrique Peña Nieto seemed poised to take back the Mexican Presidency for the political party that governed Mexico for 71 years under authoritarian rule. But a deep unease with possibility of the return of PRI—just 12 years after Mexico ushered in democracy—has rapidly transformed into a nascent, non partisan citizen movement that has injected excitement and unpredictability in what many thought was a [non]race with foregone conclusion.

It was sparked by Peña Nieto’s May 11 visit to Ibero-American University, an elite private Catholic school in Mexico City. Students there booed and jeered the presidential candidate, chanting ‘out with the PRI,’ as they ran him out of the university during what was supposed to be a highly scripted campaign stop.
The optics were inspiring. Peña Nieto’s carefully crafted candidacy as the face of a ‘new PRI’ began to unravel, as did the air of inevitability. Mexican youth got their ‘Spring.’

Demonstrations against Peña Nieto and the powerful television network protestors say favors him spread to other Mexican cities. The #YoSoy132 movement was born. Even in Tijuana, where apathy reigns, a cross section of the city took to the streets to defend Mexico’s young democracy. New polling indicates that the movement is having an impact. While the movement doesn’t see Mexico’s salvation in partisan terms, the demonstrations against Peña Nieto are taking their toll. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, candidate for the Party of the Democratic Revolution, is closing the gap on PRI. Whether its enough to tip the election remains to be seen. At the very least, in the final weeks of the campaign, we finally have a race on our hands.

Day of the Walking Dead

November 2nd, 2011 Permalink

      Zombies by the thousands took to the streets of Tijuana last Saturday as part of the city’s first ever Zombie Walk Tijuana. The event’s organizers were hoping to attract 300 participants. To their surprise, 4,000 zombies of every age came out to participate, braving a citywide weekend water outage to apply makeup they weren’t […]

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Zombies by the thousands took to the streets of Tijuana last Saturday as part of the city’s first ever Zombie Walk Tijuana. The event’s organizers were hoping to attract 300 participants. To their surprise, 4,000 zombies of every age came out to participate, braving a citywide weekend water outage to apply makeup they weren’t going to be able to easily get off. The zombies, and a small contingent of zombie killers, wound their way through Tijuana’s Zona Rio district on an hour long march to the Palacio Municipal Antiguo downtown, where they mingled with hundreds of onlookers at an impromptu street party for the walking dead.