And I'm going to see his feel-good movie tonight. Arriba!
After the recent departure of the head of CONAP, other environmental leaders in Guatemala are protesting the government plan to extract oil from the buffer zone of the Sierra del Lacandon Park.
The photo above is Pozo Xan, where I landed with the Kaibiles after the visit to the narco landing strip this spring. It's an oil center in the nearby Laguna del Tigre Biosphere Reserve, whose access roads increased invasions and forest destruction.
On the 25th anniversary of his death.
Must go outside.
The Mexican ministry in charge of the environment and natural resources has given the go ahead for the 210 meter tall La Yesca dam. It will be built on the Santiago River in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. Other Mexican development and environmental groups continue to oppose it.
I've just completed a 3 minute introduction to the story I shot this spring in Mexico and Guatemala. The music is "Perfidia", a 1940 hit by Chiapas composer Alberto Dominguez, performed as a moody guitar instrumental by Café Tacuba.
On the Maya Frontier - preview (iPod m4v video, 21 mb, 3:33)
For best results: Download completely and then play.
Thanks to everyone who has helped me, this year and in the past.
Previous videos from the Maya region:
New Leaders, new alliances.
Filed under "Gringo Collapse". Via Slashdot. As I am finishing the book "Accelerando" by Charles Stross.
And links to an mp3 and torrent of the show:
The Federal Election Institute has rejected the PRD's complaint that challenged the validity of 50,000 voting booth results.
Remote control of a Mac without a display, or in another location (from folks who host your own Mac Mini).
Governments have avoided the issue.
I'll put some interesting links here as I find them.
Okay, it wasn't a total waste but I did spend a lot of time today my first time with Second Life. We are checking out a session tomorrow for non-profits and I wandered over to the TechSoup place in-game and met a couple of people. Tomorrow I hope to meet the organizers of Global Kids. Their avatars rather. Or them through their avatars. Still a little confusing for an old dog like me.
On Mac OS X. As if I still can.
The seven judges in the Federal Election Tribunal, the TRIFE, who will decide whether to annul the election (they done it for smaller elections) or call for a recount (they've only done it selectively in the past).
Lopez Obrador has said that he will call off the marches if a complete recount is announced. But he will never accept Calderon as the legitimate president.
Nice site, good tips, got to dig into Wordpress this fall.
Dijo que en los últimos 50 años México ha perdido la mitad de los bosques.
“Quienes los destruyen, quienes los talan de manera irracional, matan a la gallina de los huevos de oro, es precisamente donde campea la pobreza”, aseguró Fox Quesada.
A "Mixed reality" event on July 18 for non-profits, sponsored by Tech Soup on Second Life. (click MORE for details)
Just as a follow-up, here are some links for those who want to set up
in advance for the TechSoup / Second Life mixed reality event on July
To sign up for a free Second Life account
To download the latest Second Life software
TechSoup's satellite office on Second Life
The three links given above are probably all that you need, but if
you're interested in additional context and background, take a look at
Upcoming.Org's listing of the July 18th mixed reality event
Local real life Net Tuesday/Netsquared meetups
The Second Life Wiki, with information for newcomers
An article on "Real Virtuality in your Second Life and beyond"
The TechSoup / Second Life email distribution list
You can also contact the ever-helpful Susan Tenby (TechSoup's online
community manager) at
In a march in Atenco, Subcomandante Marcos (Delegado Zero) was accosted by supporters of AMLO and taunted with shouts that "Felipe Calderon thanks you for your support!"
Guess they also believe that Marcos' opposition to Lopez Obrador made it such a close race.
Al pasar por el primer cuadro de Texcoco un grupo de perredistas del ayuntamiento local se acercaron al Delegado Zero para gritarle “!Marcos, Felipe Calderón te da las gracias por el apoyo!”, sin que hubiera alguna respuesta al ataque.
IFE's response to one of the videos submitted by the PRD yesterday as proof of foul play: It's not ballot stuffing, it's moving ballots that were in the wrong box.
Wednesday response from the man accused of stuffing the box, and the PRD rep in the casilla:
En Salamanca todo fue legal: Barrón
As I saw in Oaxaca, there were separate boxes for senators, diputados, and president. Easy to get it wrong. And IFE also said that representatives of all parties were present at that time and signed off that there were no irregularities. Have to do better than that.
So he revealed two more today:
No word yet from IFE.
Both of these articles from La Jornada:
By José Blanco, in La Jornada today.
One of the more thoughtful Mexican columnists, Ricardo Alemán. Also see his other recent columns (links in the right column of his page).
As expected there is some controversy surrounding the expansion of military involvement in fighting organized crime in Guatemala.
From Jorge G. Castañeda.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called today for a nationwide march supporting democracy, starting on July 12, and another "asamblea informativa" in the zocalo Sunday, July 16. This before hearing whether his call for a recount has been accepted by the Tribunal.
Yes, I'm back in New York. Mexico's election is ongoing. Lopez Obrador has a rally in the Zocalo there this afternoon. I ran out of time and resources. So I'm back to edit my story and get back to work on neighborhood issues, including internet access. This could be good news.
The striking teachers and their supporters in Oaxaca are back after a break to vote, and they are taking over the centro, government offices, and possibly the governor's palace in the zocalo.
I watched Lopez Obrador claim victory 2 nights ago, in the zocalo in Mexico City. Now that the election commision has announced Calderon the winner by a small margin, AMLO has announced he will organize marches in protest, and contest every count. Not surprising, but Mexico had hoped for a smooth transition.
Taking it out of the hands of the Telcoms.