Taking a dump (metaphorically, that is)
As some of you know, I have been commuting between Mexico City and Mazatlán, both to try and get some writing and research done in the Capital, and to build relationships with other writers/editors/publishers to ensure a smooth transition in the future, when I expected I would have to take control of Editorial Wisemaz. In mid August, the majority owner suddenly decided to leave the business, which took me by complete surprise. Just working on the transfer of ownership, and handing the most immediate concerns (we have three books in process, and several overdue eBooks to get to press) has kept me in Mazatlán. Let’s put it this way… if Carlos Slim’s proposal for a 3-day, 11-hour work week was implemented, maybe I’d only be working two and a half jobs right now… none of which involve writing anything of my own, nor giving needed attention to the publishing company’s long-term needs… nor finding any serious time to write the Mexfiles.
While, once the legal transfer is completed (probably this coming week), Editorial Wisemaz will send out a press release. I expect I will be able to devote “SOME” time to things other than scrabbling for money, and dealing with contracts and printers and distributors. Like doing more than a massive “data dump” or just links on Mex Files.
But, here’s some of the stories and articles I would have written on, had I but world enough and time:
Mexico’s minimum wage… it’s the lowest in Latin America and, like miminum wages in all too many places, not in the least adequate to a maintaining a decent standard of living. Even the neo-liberal Economist admits this. As you’d expect, while grudgingly admitting it is much too low, The Christian Science Monitor sees the call for a higher wage as “leftist”.
The Middle Class: As Inca Kola News pointed out this last month, even those of us in Mexico making signficantly above the minimum wage, aren’t doing all that well in comparison with other Latin American nations. More on the Evolution of the Middle Class in Latin American from Argentina’s Universidad Nacional de La Plata in English.
The “Reforms“: But, whether it’s the middle class or the minimum wage worker, no one in Mexico, it seems, is happy Enrique Peña Nieto’s “reforms”. Pew Research (much to the consternation of the English-language mainstream media) discovered Peña Nieto is not seen as anything of a reformer, nor is EPN himself seen as an effective leader. As you would imagine, the voices on the left … Moreno (AMLO’s party)., columnist Martin Moreno in Sin Embargo and Javiar Sicilia all pile on. Sicilia’s article was translated into English for Mexico Voices. How much EPN’s seeming failures as a President have to do with lingering questions about his health ¿De qué está enfermo Peña Nieto? (Regeneración) is a question I’m not prepared to answer. Arturo Bris, writing in the Arizona Republic, argues the Reforms don’t go far enough.
VAMPIRES!... That’s what Rudofo Acuña calls those who profit from the “illegal immigrants”. And he doesn’t mean the coyotes, but the multinationals and the “system. Migration, as you can imagine, has been all over the news, and I’m not sure where to begin. While there is some good news in that the right-wing CNS was in high dudgeon because “the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mexican government to allow Mexican Nationals – regardless of immigration status – to ‘exercise their workplace rights’,” and some supposedly fruitful talks (but just talk) between Enrique Peña Nieto and California Governor Jerry Brown, the news from the U.S. border gets weirder and weirder. Last month it was sending the Texas National Guard to the Border (to go hungry, and get bored, apparently), and the on-going calls to incarcerate minors… which was supposedly “lunatic fringe”… though it now appears that even the allegedly grown-up Obama Administration is looking at “family detention centers”… i.e., concentration camps run for profit.
More posts (and “bookmark dumps”) tomorrow.