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Judge orders suspension to Section 1 of the Maya Train

A Judge of the Second District of Amparo and Federal Criminal Trials of the state of Chiapas ruled in favor of the Ch’ol de Palenque, Salto de Agua and Ocosingo communities, ordering the definitive suspension of section 1 of the Maya Train. This legal ruling will remain in effect until the national health crisis caused...
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Why the Mayan Train project threatens the jaguar in Mexico

In the Mayan culture, the jaguar was called Balaam or Chaac, it was believed that throughout the night the large cat fought against the Xilbalbá (underworld), defeating them, and emerging the next day. Today, this protector of the Mayan people is in danger of extinction. In Mexico, more than 40% of the distribution of the...
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US renews its travel alert for five states in Mexico

In the midst of a health emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, the United States government updated the travel alert for Mexico in which it asks its citizens and officials not to travel to 5 entities in Mexico and reconsider travel to eleven more. The State Department, through its embassy, ​​warns that organized crime groups...
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Mexico’s airport project pushes full steam ahead despite coronavirus

Mexico’s economy has virtually ground to a halt and is bleeding jobs in the pandemic lockdown, but tens of thousands of workers at a flagship government airport have not skipped a beat, toiling around the clock north of Mexico City to keep it on schedule. When the government ordered non-essential activities to close and workers...
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‘No way out’: Emotional trauma haunts displaced indigenous Mexicans

Recalling the day she was forced off her land in southern Mexico by men shooting guns in the air and setting fire to her fields, Luz Magdalena de la Torre Vazquez is filled with despair. The 45-year-old indigenous Tzotzil woman has since found refuge with family in the town of San Juan Chamula in Chiapas...
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The lost capital of an ancient Mayan kingdom found in Chiapas

Remains of buildings from the ancient lost capital of a Mayan kingdom have been located on land owned by a Mexican rancher in southeastern Mexico. Its discoverers believe that the archaeological site, called Lacanja Tzeltal for the nearby modern community, was the capital of the Sak Tz’i ‘kingdom, located in what is now the state...
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Scientists investigate seismic swarm origin in Michoacán

Fifty Mexican scientists study the origin of the seismic swarm, a sequence of low-intensity tremors, recorded since last January 5 in the state of Michoacán, and considered that there is no guarantee that it is the birth of a volcano, according to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). “There is no guarantee that it...
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IMSS buys 20 ambulances to serve indigenous communities

With an investment of 26 million pesos, the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) gave the approval for 20 basic emergency ambulances that will benefit rural hospitals in 20 indigenous municipalities in 16 states of the country. The new units will benefit three million people in the villages of Chinanteco, Chol, Cora, Cuicateco, Huichol, Maya, Mazateco,...
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Tsunami waves have hit Mexico more than 60 times

The historical information available to the Deputy General Directorate of Oceanography, Hydrography, and Meteorology of the Secretariat of the Navy, reveals that more than 60 tsunamis have hit Mexico during the last 284 years. According to the Navy, tsunamis of distant origin have had waves of 2.5 meters high and those of local origin have...
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Mexico’s Zapatistas host “Women Who Fight” gathering

More than 3,000 women came together in an autonomous Zapatista enclave in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas over the weekend to unite against the patriarchy, violence, and capitalism. The Zapatistas have self-governed over a large swath of Mexico’s southern-most state since the rebels rose up in arms to demand greater indigenous rights in January...
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