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High-tech manufacturers fear robots and Nafta renegotiations

Had Leonardo Castro been born two decades earlier, he would almost certainly have migrated north to the US in search of better opportunities, he says. Instead, the 31-year-old was able to build a career as an aircraft test engineer in … Continue reading

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Fintechs could take 30% of Mexican banking market

With long queues, high fees and low cash machine coverage, Mexican banks have a reputation for poor customer service. A recent Gallup poll found that more than three in four customers were indifferent to, or unhappy with their bank. This … Continue reading

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The Narco Trafficker Next Door

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Gabriela Navarro, who lives in an exclusive gated community in southern Guadalajara, suspects three locals of having ties to one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels. She bases this belief on their unconventional working hours, unexplained wealth, … Continue reading

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How a skeleton folk saint of death took off with Mexican transgender women

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Betzy Ballesteros, a 26-year-old transgender sex worker, keeps a shrine to Santa Muerte, the skeleton folk saint, in her home. Surrounding the statue are candles, candy and the grainy photos of several friends who were murdered and … Continue reading

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City of Song – Vallenato music in Cartagena

The humidity was the first thing I noticed as I stepped from the plane in Cartagena, Colombia. The bear hug embrace of the Caribbean air was so implausibly powerful that it was difficult to believe that locals didn’t still find … Continue reading

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America’s soccer migrants: the US footballers crossing Mexico’s border – video

Guardian video I worked on as a fixer.

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Rex Tillerson promotes US ties during Mexico trip

Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, struck a conciliatory tone during a visit to Mexico, saying the neighbouring countries had an opportunity to upgrade their economic relationship.  Read the complete article at the Financial Times.

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BBC interview about the fireworks explosion in Tultepec, Mexico

Interview for the BBC radio show “Good Morning Scotland.”

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Five Mexicans to watch in 2017

The past year was a rough one for many Mexicans. The list of difficulties and indignities was long, from the rise to the US presidency of confirmed enemy Donald Trump to the end-of-year shock of gasoline prices soaring by as … Continue reading

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Mexicans face new year shock at petrol pumps

Mexico’s government has announced the biggest increases in petrol prices in almost two decades in a move that risks a backlash against its efforts to liberalise the country’s energy market. Read the complete article at the Financial Times.

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