August 7, 2016 |
In Mexico, people are puzzled by the U.S. presidential campaigns. It's not just the border wall. Like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has lately criticized free trade, which has grown between the two countries since her husband signed the GOP-backed North American Free Trade Agreement of 1995. That deal made it possible to sell GM cars, Hershey chocolates, and many other once-forbidden U.S. products south of Texas. Such Northeast Philly manufacturers as Nabisco and Cardone went on to move more low-wage work to Mexico, cutting costs and prices and benefiting exporters and consumers on both sides, and some workers.
March 5, 2016 |
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., with North America headquarters in North Wales, Montgomery County, said Thursday that it bought Mexican drug maker Rimsa for $2.3 billion. Under the deal, Teva will become a leading pharmaceutical company in Mexico, which is the second largest market in Latin America and among the top five "emerging" markets worldwide, the company said. Teva, the world's largest maker of generic versions of brand-name medicines, employs more than 2,000 in North Wales, Horsham, Frazer, West Chester, and New Britain.
February 17, 2016 |
Cardone is downsizing again. The auto-parts rebuilder, which calls itself Philadelphia's largest remaining manufacturer, will shift 1,336 jobs from its brake caliper plants at 5501 Whitaker Ave. and 5670 Rising Sun Ave. to Matamoros, Mexico, just south of Cardone's warehouses in Brownsville, Texas, over the next two years. The company, which has been shifting jobs for years from Northeast Philadelphia to the Texas-Mexico border region, told the Pennsylvania Department of Labor last month about the plan for layoffs.
February 12, 2016
Like a lot of new restaurants, Tio Flores is still working out the kinks. Several of them, in fact. This fun and colorful Mexican-theme project at 16th and South Streets, from the owners of Hawthornes and the Cambridge, is especially prone to overusing its "Tio spice," an orange powder that gives everything from the tortilla chips to the taco-shell salad bowl the salty aspect of Dorito cuisine. As much as I dislike that choice, with no plain chips available, there is one great dish here I can't stop thinking about - the New Mexico pork chile, which isn't exactly presented like a traditional stew, either.
February 9, 2016 |
When the SeaLand Atlantico cargo ship arrived at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia before dawn Thursday, it was the first time that fresh produce, meat, beer, and electronics traveled directly from the Gulf of Mexico to Philadelphia on an ocean route. Until now, the historic mode for getting limes, avocados, tomatoes, onions, and peppers from the Mexican ports of Veracruz and Altamira to the East Coast has been by truck - through long lines at border crossings and across congested highways.
January 26, 2016
EVEN Donald Trump isn't crass enough to say the name out loud. But as he campaigns for the GOP nomination for president, Trump continues to pitch an immigration enforcement plan modeled after a 1950s deportation program dubbed "Operation Wetback. " The term is a derogatory reference to Mexicans crossing the Rio Grande. Under the program launched by President Eisenhower, more than 1.3 million immigrants rounded up in the United States were loaded onto trains, buses and planes and deposited deep in Mexico's interior to prevent them from slipping back across the border.
January 10, 2016
SOUTH CAROLINA Muslim woman ejected from Trump rally An advocacy group is seeking an apology from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign after a Muslim woman standing in silent protest was heckled and then escorted out of an event on Friday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the call for an apology hours after Rose Hamid was thrown out of the Trump rally at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. Hamid said she was standing up in protest of a Trump statement when members of the audience pointed her out by chanting "Trump, Trump, Trump.
November 22, 2015 |
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Donald Trump backed away Friday, amid a firestorm of criticism from Republican and Democratic opponents in the presidential race and civil-liberties advocates, from discussion of requiring Muslims in the United States to register in a national database. Trump did not mention the issue during a lengthy town hall session with a moderator at Wofford College here, and his staff physically blocked reporters from approaching him with questions. He later distanced himself on Twitter from the controversial comments.
October 21, 2015
BEFORE Karla Marquez came to America, she had no idea how bad things were in Mexico. This was 2006, she was 18 and scored an internship for international students at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. When she arrived, she thought she knew how to speak English, "but I really didn't," she discovered, so she took classes and learned. Her job was in hotel food and beverage, and that's where she met Penn State student Michael Eisenhart, but I am getting ahead of the story. "When I came to the U.S.," she says, "I realized that I was happy.
October 12, 2015 |
The last decade of the 20th century was rough on Mexico City. Everything that was already spinning out of control got worse: political corruption, the economy, social inequity, poverty, violence. But, as often happens in periods of crisis, art thrived on the bad news. Artists who might otherwise have been drawn to traditional modes of art-making turned to installation, performance, actions, video, and other more socially engaged art practices that could exert a physical intervention with, or offer a sharp rebuke to, the status quo. "Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000," at the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, is the first exhibition to thoroughly examine that change in Mexico City's cultural landscape through the works of artists who lived and worked there in the 1990s.