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Originally proposed as an international peace park with Mexico, Big Bend, Texas has a unique relationship with its southern neighbor. For the past 40 years, Mike Davidson — the Ferryman at the Wall — has been ferrying tourists across the Rio Grande for a little taste of Mexican life. He’d like to keep it that way, but some orange pendejo wants to build a great big border wall to divide the park.

In the mid-’60s, Mexican mariachi music ruled the airwaves in Yugoslavia. Singers sported charro suits and sombreros, typical mariachi garb, with typically Slavic names. Public Radio International has the story:

 

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Raza Si….Nazis No! (toon)

by SERG HERNANDEZ August 21, 2017 Cartoons
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‘When Mexican Joe Met Jole Blon’ (1953 YouTube music, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan August 14, 2017 Audio
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A story of cross-border romance — a mojado and a Cajun queen — are the stars of country singer’s Hank Snow’s Mexican Joe and Joli Blon, released on 78 RPM disk in 1953. Here are the lyrics and guitar chords (via Genius Lyrics) so you can sing and play along!

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I guess white girls don’t like frijoles for breakfast (video)

by Bronco del Camino August 7, 2017 Cultura
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All the Mexican immigrant wanted was a hug and some conversation. His guera Texas girlfriend? Not so much. [Video by Luis Fernando Puente.]

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La Cucaracha: Mexican changes last name to Trump (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz July 26, 2017 Cartoons
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The Zoot Suits you are looking for are in Ciudad Juarez (photos)

by EDDIE ALMOST July 17, 2017 Cultura
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Just across the Rio Grande from El Paso is Ciudad Juarez, where suits are still zoot and chucos are still suave. Photographer Francesco Giusti shared his Ciudad Juarez photos with Roads and Kingdoms and we’re sharing some with you.

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Mezcal: It’s not just for Mexicans anymore (NPR audio)

by CRUDO MENUDO July 13, 2017 Audio
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More and more Americans are getting into mezcal, and that’s good news for a new generation of artisanal farmers and producers. NPR reports:

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Tennis on the US/Mexican border is not all fun and games (video)

by Lucida Grandé July 13, 2017 Cultura
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Swedish sportswear brand Björn Borg orchestrated a tennis match on the US/Mexican border with one player on each side, half the court on Mexican soil and the other half in El Norte. Things didn’t work out exactly like they planned. [Tennis Across Borders by Klaus Thymann.]

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Mexico’s waltz gift to the world: ‘Over the Waves’ (videos)

by Soy Capitan July 10, 2017 Cultura
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Even if you didn’t know that the proper name for this waltz is Sobre las Olas — Over the Waves en Ingles — we bet you recognize the melody. Right? It’s the song they play on merry-go-rounds! And it’s not by Johann Strauss, the waltz king. It’s by Mexican classical composer Juventino Rosas, and performed […]

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David Hidalgo y Los Cenzontles salute los braceros (video, lyrics)

by Soy Capitan July 7, 2017 Cultura
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This homage to Mexican braceros sets archival photos and portraits to Best of Me by Los Cenzontles with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and Taj Mahal from their American Horizon CD. [Portraits by Craig Sherod. Edited by Maureen Gosling.] Mira los lyrics:

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Ancestry DNA test shocker: ‘Hispanic’ is not my ethnicity (video)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 22, 2017 Cultura
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Livie was lost. She thought she was “Hispanic,” a meaningless category created by the U.S. government for the census, but after she tested her DNA with Ancestry, she found out she was — wait for it — all mixed up. Mestizo, so to speak. Well, I got bad news for you, Livie. Olivia, possibly? You […]

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La Cucaracha: Is Wonder Woman Amazonian? Israeli? Mexican? (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz June 21, 2017 Cartoons
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Quick-thinking tourist snaps photo of MR. POCHO in Puerto Vallarta

by JUNCO CANCHÉ May 31, 2017 El Now
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What was Our Fearless Leader MR. POCHO doing in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico on Tuesday? We can’t tell, but it was NOT COLLUSION and NO GLOWING ORBS were involved. We CAN say this:

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Reagan tells Mex Prez on Cinco de Mayo: ‘Mi casa es su casa’ (video)

by EDUARDO BURRO May 3, 2017 El Now
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QUESTION: Why are Mexican rapists and drug dealers streaming North to enter the US of A illegally? ANSWER: They were invited by “The Great Communicator.” Check out this video about the 1988 Cinco de Mayo ceremony at the White House when Republican President Ronald Reagan told Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, “Mi casa […]

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East Los man doesn’t care what Cinco de Mayo is all about, yo!

by Comic Saenz May 3, 2017 Cultura
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(PNS reporting from EAST LOS) Ruben Covarrubias (photo) astounded family and friends here Sunday night when he admitted that the history of Cinco de Mayo didn’t concern him and he’d always thought “May 5 was Mexican Independence Day, so like so what?!” “I don’t care what it’s about, yo!” he told everyone within earshot of the backyard grill. […]

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Chinese were the first to cross the Mexican border (video, audio)

by Verdana Bold April 5, 2017 Audio
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The first targets of American border agents were Chinese, not Mexican. When the California Gold Rush ended and the railroad building boom came to a close, it became easy for politicians to exploit anti-Chinese sentiment. The result was an immigration policy that led to the first smuggling operations across the U.S-Mexico border. [Video by Timeline.] […]

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Tens of thousands of ‘illegal’ Americans live in Mexico (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés March 30, 2017 El Now
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Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens are living illegally in Mexico. Chinese Global TV Network reports.

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