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Mexican pyramid has two more inside, scientists discover
16 November 2016 - Experts have discovered a third structure within the Kukulkan pyramid in eastern Mexico, revealing that it was built like a 'Russian nesting doll', experts said on Wednesday, 16 November. The discovery could shed light on the original Maya culture before it was influenced by populations from central Mexico, said Denisse Argote, expert at the National Anthropology and History Institute. In 2015 archeologists discovered the Kukulkan pyramid was built atop a cenote, or sinkhole lake, which are common in the region and sacred to the Maya. (more)

Hidden codex may reveal secrets of life in Mexico before Spanish conquest
21 August 2016 - One of the rarest manuscripts in the world has been revealed hidden beneath the pages of an equally rare but later Mexican codex, thanks to hi-tech imaging techniques. The Codex Selden is one of a handful of illustrated books of history and mythology that survived wholesale destruction by Spanish conquerors and missionaries in the 16th century. The codex is one of fewer than 20 dating from before or just after the colonisation which were saved by scholars who realised the importance of the images. (more)

Mexico: Violence plunged after the arts were brought to Tijuana
9 June 2016 - Raúl Cárdenas Osuna has dedicated his life to creating social change through community-driven art initiatives. His outlook helped transform Camino Verde (formerly known as the most dangerous neighborhood in the city) into a neighborhood of hope and promise. He built a small building which is used for art, music, and education. Since it was built in 2010 the crime rate has dropped by 85 per cent. (more)

Secret tunnel found in Mexico may finally solve the mysteries of Teotiihucan
1 June 2016 - In the fall of 2003, a heavy rainstorm swept through the ruins of Teotihuacan, creating a nearly three-foot-wide sinkhole at the foot of a large pyramid known as the Temple of the Plumed Serpent which The sinkhole revealed a man-made tunnel. Sergio Gomez, an archaeologist with Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, knew that archaeologists had previously discovered a narrow tunnel underneath the Temple of the Sun. He theorized that he was now looking at a kind of mirror tunnel, leading to a subterranean chamber beneath the Temple of the Plumed Serpent. If he was correct, it would be a find of stunning proportions. In archaeology and anthropology circles -- to say nothing of the popular press -- Sergio Gomez's discovery was greeted as a major turning point in Teotihuacan studies. (more)

Pope Francis visit to celebrate Mexico's indigenous church
7 February 2016 - Pope Francis' visit to the heavily indigenous Mexican state of Chiapas appears to be aimed at celebrating the region's 'Indian church,' a mix of Catholicism and indigenous culture once considered a thorn in the side of standard liturgy by the Vatican. In Chiapas, Francis is scheduled to visit the diocese of San Cristobal, home to two of the most famed religious defenders of indigenous people in Mexican history. (more)

Mexico hopes to see 3 or 4 times more monarch butterflies
12 November 2015 - The number of monarch butterflies reaching their wintering grounds in central Mexico this year may be three or four times higher than the previous season, authorities said Thursday. Mexican Environment Secretary Rafael Pacchiano said initial reports suggest the butterfly population is rebounding. He did not explain how the Mexican government made the calculation, but authorities conduct informal tracking of monarch butterflies as they enter Mexico from the United States. (more)

High speed, mountains blunt Hurricane Patricia's blow in Mexico
24 October 2015 - Barreling in from the Pacific, powerful Hurricane Patricia moved so quickly past the Mexican coast that it failed to saturate the ground and produce the devastating flooding that often comes with storms of this size, meteorologists said on Saturday, October 24. 'You always want a fast-moving storm as opposed to a slow-moving storm,' said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida (USA). Western Mexico's coastal topography also appeared to have blunted the force of the hurricane. The ocean water off the coast where the hurricane made landfall is deep, allowing some of the water that the storm accumulated in its center to drop and disperse before hitting land, said Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at commercial weather forecaster Weather Underground. If Patricia had struck a large area of shallow water just off the coast, the hurricane would have gathered a greater volume of water into a storm surge, Masters said. Mexico's jagged mountain ranges in close proximity to the coast were also credited with breaking the hurricane's force by disrupting the circulation of air in the storm. (more)

Mega-storm Patricia drenches Mexico; damage reportedly light
24 October 2015 - Record-breaking Hurricane Patricia appeared to leave remarkably little damage as it moved rapidly inland over mountainous western Mexico early Saturday and weakened to tropical depression status. Patricia formed suddenly Tuesday (20 October) as a tropical storm and quickly strengthened to a hurricane. Within 30 hours it had zoomed to a Category 5 storm, catching many off guard with its rapid growth. By Friday it was the most powerful recorded hurricane to hit the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Patricia had weakened to a tropical depression by midday Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. (more)

Mexico finds subterranean river under Chichen Itza pyramid; medicinal plants at Uxmal
13 August 2015 - Mexican experts have discovered that the main pyramid at Mexico's Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza was at least partially built atop a subterranean river. Geophysics expert Rene Chavez said Thursday (13 August) the underground river chamber is naturally covered by rock. Also Thursday, the National Institute of Anthropology and History said research at another Mayan site, Uxmal, found an usually high number of medicinal plants growing nearing the structure known as the Governor's Palace. Uxmal site director Jose Huchim Herrera said the concentration of such plants was so much higher in the sacred area than in surrounding fields, that it indicates the Mayas planted them there intentionally as a sort of medicinal garden. (more)

Sweet victory for Mexico beekeepers as Monsanto loses GM permit
8 August 2015 - A small group of beekeepers in Mexico has inflicted a blow on biotech giant Monsanto, which has halted the company's ambitions to plant thousands of hectares of soybeans genetically modified to resist the company's pesticide Roundup. In withdrawing the permit, the judge was convinced by the scientific evidence presented about the threats posed by GM soy crops to honey production in the Yucatán peninsula, which includes Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán states. Co-existence between honey production and GM soybeans is not possible, the judge ruled. (more)


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Mexico: City devastated by drug-war violence reaps peace-creating benefit of advanced meditation groups
25 December 2013 - A recent New York Times article featured Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, and 'a perennial symbol of drug war devastation'. The article highlights a recent trend of dramatically reduced crime and violence in the city, with many former residents who fled in fear returning, shops and restaurants reopening, and people once again venturing out freely on the streets. 'There is still disagreement over what, exactly, has led to the drastic drop in violence,' the article reports. Yesterday on Christmas Eve, Transcendental Meditation teachers commented that these positive trends reflect rising coherence and peace in collective consciousness--created by large groups practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes in Central and South America, including Mexico. (more)

Mexico: Thousands of indigenous students to meditate together at traditional celebration
18 December 2012 - This Friday, 21 December, many young students from rural schools in Mexico will take part in a celebration of indigenous people in the southern part of the country. The students--along with many of their parents, teachers, and community leaders--are coming together to practise Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes in a large group, expected to number in the thousands. They have learned these meditation techniques as part of Consciousness-Based Education, which is being used in schools throughout Latin America and around the globe. The students are aiming to create through their group meditation a powerful, uplifting influence of coherence, harmony, and peace for Mexico, all of Latin America, and the world. (more)

Mexico: Consciousness-Based Education to benefit student population, promote peace in the nation
2 July 2011 - Consciousness-Based Education programmes are being applied in secondary schools and universities in Mexico, to improve student achievement while contributing to the creation of invincible peace, harmony, and progress for the nation. (more)

Mexico: Maharishi Vastu schools under construction
8 December 2010 - Construction began a few weeks ago on two 2-storey school buildings in Monterrey, Mexico, which have been designed according to Vastu principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture. The buildings will be halls for 900 students to practise the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in large groups every day, to create a continuing influence of coherence, harmony, and peace in their region and for the whole nation. (more)

Mexico: Young school students innocently create invincibility for the nation
12 July 2010 - A school in Mexico is making a large nation invincible through students' group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM Sidhi Programme. In a new film about the programme, the school's Academic Director says that students have become more orderly and more attentive in class; teachers feel more free from stress, more willing to listen to the children; and crime is decreasing in the town where the school is located, compared to other nearby areas. (more)

Mexico: 2,380 Yogic Flyers to be a 'lighthouse of coherence for the continent of Latin America'
2 July 2010 - National coherence is now becoming well established in Mexico. One thousand Yogic Flyers will soon regularly practise the Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying, in ideal Vastu (Vedic architecture) facilities, and the number of Yogic Flyers will soon increase to 2,380. (more)

Leading universities in Mexico adopting Consciousness-Based Education
28 June 2010 - Two leading universities in Mexico have agreed to implement the Transcendental Meditation Programme on a large scale. (more)

Mexico: Five hundred students learn Yogic Flying, transform their school
29 May 2010 - A secondary school in Mexico--and the surrounding community--are being transformed by the daily Yogic Flying practice of 500 students, who recently learnt the technique as part of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. Teachers in the project have noticed a distinct decrease in stress levels within the school, and growth of joy and confidence among students, teachers, and parents. (more)

Monterrey school leading the way for Mexico to achieve national invincibility
23 November 2009 - With rising numbers of student Yogic Flyers at a school in Monterrey, Mexico will soon reach the threshold number of 1,008 Yogic Flyers required to achieve national invincibility. (more)

Latin America: Students raising Mexico to invincibility
23 December 2008 - In Mexico there will soon be 1,000 students practising Yogic Flying (an aspect of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme)--the number required to create invincible peace, prosperity, and good fortune for the nation. These students are among 61,000 from 158 schools in 19 Latin American countries currently practising Transcendental Meditation, and 14,000 practising Yogic Flying--creating a powerful influence of coherence and harmony for the entire continent and the world. (more)


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'The only two powerful cartels left': rivals clash in Mexico's murder capital
28 November 2016 - Manzanillo and the surrounding state of Colima were once best known for their black sand beaches, lime groves, and a smoldering volcano that erupts every century or so. But over the past year, the region has claimed a new title: murder capital of Mexico. Analysts of the drug war say the violence is part of a nationwide realignment of organized crime -- and a bitter struggle to control the port of Manzanillo, one of the biggest on Mexico's Pacific coast. (more)

Mexico braces for strongest hurricane in Western Hemisphere
23 October 2015 - Hurricane Patricia headed toward southwestern Mexico Friday as a monster Category 5 storm, the strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere that forecasters said could make a 'potentially catastrophic landfall' later in the day. With maximum sustained winds near 200 mph (325 kph), Patricia is the strongest storm ever recorded in the eastern Pacific or in the Atlantic, said Dave Roberts, a hurricane specialist at the U.S. National Hurricane Center. (more)

In search for Mexico's 43, killings of 6 others go ignored
25 September 2015 - International attention has been focused on the 43 students who vanished a year ago Saturday, but six others died at the hands of police in those hours. According to an independent group of experts, the disappearances and the killings were the result of a long, coordinated attack against students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa who had come to the southern city of Iguala to commandeer buses for a protest. But the events of last September 26 were far from isolated. Some 25,000 people have been reported missing in Mexico since 2007, and hundreds from the Iguala area in the last year alone. The disappearance of the students has drawn attention to others who have been lost, as well as brutal drug cartels, official corruption, government indifference, and languishing legal cases. (more)

Thousands of Mexican families mourn the 'other disappeared'
16 September 2015 - The world, and even most of Mexico, paid little attention to Iguala until 43 students from a rural teachers' college disappeared on September 26, 2014. According to a federal investigation, the students were taken by police and then handed over to a local drug gang that allegedly killed them and burned the bodies. The incident cast national and international attention on Iguala, emboldening hundreds of local families in the area to come forward and speak up about their missing relatives. Their message was simple: there are many more missing. They called them 'the other disappeared'. Their names were added to the government's growing registry of 25,000 people reported missing nationwide since 2007. Following is an in-depth report from The Associated Press. (more)

Deforestation in Mexico butterfly reserve more than triples
25 August 2015 - Illegal logging more than tripled in the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds In central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements, investigators announced Tuesday. The forest canopy is a sort of blanket against cold for the masses of orange-and-black butterflies that form huge clumps on tree branches during their winter stay in Mexico. Loss of that habitat is just one of the threats to the butterflies' amazing migration across Canada and the United States to Mexico. (more)

Mexican meth increasingly supplanting at-home labs in US
8 November 2014 - America's Heartland is ridding itself of the scourge of homemade methamphetamine, with lab seizures down by nearly half in many high-meth states. There is no cause to celebrate: Meth use remains high, but people are increasingly turning to cheaper, imported Mexican meth rather than making their own. Mexican cartels have upped their meth-making. At first, the Mexican meth was aimed mainly at big cities and suburbs. Now the imported drug has even reached rural areas. 'The great news is that meth from Mexico doesn't explode, doesn't burn down your house and your neighbour's home, doesn't contaminate your property, doesn't kill children the way meth labs have done here in the US for decades,' said Jason Grellner, the chief narcotics officer in Franklin County, Missouri. The US Drug Enforcement Administration's website lists thousands of homes contaminated by meth. One only needs to go to the morgue to know that, despite fewer lab busts, the meth problem isn't going away. (more)

Mexico: Mayor linked to deadly attack on students
22 October 2014 - Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the US heroin market. The statements painted the fullest picture yet of the control that is exercised by gangs over a broad swath of Mexico's hot lands in Guerrero state. The Guerreros Unidos cartel's deep connections with local officials in Iguala came to a head 26 September when the mayor ordered city police to detain protesting students, who were then turned over to the drug gang. The students, who attended a radical rural teachers college, had gained the enmity of Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca because of a previous demonstration in the city. Investigators have found a total of nine mass graves containing 30 sets of human remains during the hunt for the missing students. Officials are waiting for a second round of DNA tests after a first round determined they weren't the bodies of the students. (more)

Mexico massacre victims feared to be missing students
5 October 2014 - Bodies found in mass graves in southwestern Mexico are feared to be those of students who went missing last month after they clashed with corrupt local police, authorities said on Sunday. Police infiltrated by local drug cartels are suspected of abducting some of the students, a local security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 'You really can't call them police,' the official said, standing on the hillside above Iguala. The graves have created a major headache for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office two years ago pledging to end a wave of gang-related violence that has killed around 100,000 people since the start of 2007. (more)

Mexico: Monsanto launches Mexico centre for developing GMO corn
29 September 2014 - Global seed technology giant Monsanto said on Monday it has launched a global centre in Mexico for developing new hybrid and genetically modified strains of corn, part of the company's push to boost output of the planet's most widely produced grain. The centre, based in Tlajomulco de Zuniga on the southern fringe of the western city of Guadalajara, will be used to centralize development of Monsanto's corn seed research, mainly for the US market, the company said. Critics contend that large-scale plantings will contaminate native strains of the grain and harm biodiversity. They also point to toxins that protect GMO corn against pests that may be linked to elevated insect mortality, which could undermine pollination. (more)

Mexican cartels steal billions from oil industry
25 September 2014 - Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. The brutal drug cartels that rule the Gulf Coast region are stealing billions of dollars' worth of oil from pipelines. Figures released by Petroleos Mexicanos last week show the gangs are becoming more prolific and sophisticated. So far this year, thieves across Mexico have drilled 2,481 illegal taps into state-owned pipelines, up more than one-third from the same period of 2013. Pemex estimates it's lost some 7.5 million barrels worth $1.15 billion. Pemex director Emilio Lozoya called the trend 'worrisome'. Two rival gangs, the Zetas and the Gulf cartel, long have used Tamaulipas as a route to ferry drugs and migrants to the United States and, in recent years, diversified their business: stealing gas and crude and selling it to refineries in Texas or to gas stations on either side of the border. (more)

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