Beer Globalization in Latin America: When Beer in Mexico is Dutch and Chicha in Colombia is Popular

February 19, 2010 Benjamin Dangl 0

On a pleasant autumn day in 1890 the Cuauhtémoc brewery was founded in Monterrey, Mexico. This brewery, which also specialized in ice production, went on to become Mexican Economic Development Inc. (FEMSA), brewing such beers as Dos Equis, Tecate and Sol. Recently the Dutch brewing giant Heineken bought FEMSA, bringing over half of the world’s beer production into the hands of just four mega-corporations. One Mexican columnist wrote of the merger in La Jornada, “Just a bit more globalization and we will all be lost.”


Chile’s President-Elect Starts Cashing In

February 17, 2010 Benjamin Witte-Lebhar 0

Chilean President-elect Sebastian Piñera offered a glimpse Tuesday of just how deep his pockets stretch, selling one of his relatively minor investments – a nearly 10 percent stake in a posh Santiago hospital – for a cool US$37 million. Piñera, the first conservative to win a presidential election here in more than 50 years, has long promised to cash out on his many investments before March 11, when he officially replaces outgoing President Michelle Bachelet. Critics  say Piñera has already taken too long to sever his many business ties.


Mexico: Celebrating Indigenous Culture, Zapotec Autonomy and Uncontaminated Corn

Santa Gertrudis, Sierra Juarez, Oaxaca – The 4th annual Zapotec Feria of the Cornfield – Globalization and the Natural Resources – was held in Santa Gertrudis, Sierra Juarez on February 7-8. Organized by the Union of Social Organizations of the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca (UNOSJO), this year´s event was attended by representatives of UNOSJO´s 24 affiliated communities, participants from all over Mexico, along with a large international presence of activists from Uruguay to Wales, Turkey to the United States, as well as a 15-strong delegation of German Organic farmers.



Interview: Tortured, Exiled Honduran Journalist Recalls His Experiences

February 14, 2010 Tamar Sharabi 0

“It is impossible to separate being a journalist and being a human being. As a reporter I was interested in taking pictures, and I took the first ones because I thought that Isis Murillo Obed was dead. Then I approached him and saw that he was breathing and moving in the density of all the tear gas. People were shouting that he was dead, but when I took him in my arms he opened his eyes and tried to say something that molded into a moan of pain,” said Cesar Silva.



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