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Iconic Mexican singer Jose Jose known to many as ‘el principe de la cancion’ or ‘the prince of song’ passed away over the weekend. As Valeria Leon reports, friends and fans in Mexico, the US, and around the globe are mourning his loss, while questions linger about what will happen to the legendary singer’s body. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Si4ouZ1NxI

Only 3 percent cent of people with Down Syndrome in Mexico have access to education, but by combining courses with work, projects like “El Sueño de Frida” attempt to displace years of ignorance that have kept many people with disabilities confined from the workplace.  This is Alfredo’s first job – a waiter at a new cafeteria in Mexico that caters to and employs people with Down Syndrome. Working here allows the staff to improve their physical and mental abilities, a rarity in the country’s business sector. The restaurant, called “El Sueño de Frida” or Frida’s Dream, has dozens of potential employees with disabilities on a waitlist. The director of the foundation, Yessenia Escudero, created this project to help overcome the discrimination that people with this degenerative condition face in the workplace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd6ptZF82QE&t=17s Part of the project’s goal is to show other companies that – with a little patience and special training…

Five years ago today, 43 students from a teacher’s college in Mexico disappeared. Families of the missing students are still living in anguish, unsure of what happened to their loved ones. Valeria Leon reports. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQfk0yqXaIY The unsolved case of 43 missing students continues to draw crowds to protest. Parents of the victims persist in their demand to bring justice to the case. September 26th, a day that has come to represent the State’s criminal involvement in human rights violations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1YlbaO750g

As thousands of Central Americans in Mexico wait for a final response on their migration status in the country, their livelihoods greatly depend on the results of negotiations between the United States and Mexico, which are set to close today, September 10th. Valeria Reports https://youtu.be/hmLIclxLM_I The two countries agreed on a 90-day test period before those tariffs will kick in.

It is his first State of the Union speech and Mexico’s President is celebrating an agreement with the United States. Lopez Obrador’s government reached a deal with the Trump administration to overcome the threat of tariffs on trade, it was in exchange for sending troops to Mexico’s southern border. All negotiated under US President Trump’s crackdown on the flow of undocumented migrants entering America. One of the Mexican President’s priorities he discussed is the newly created National Guard, which was deployed in part to curb unregulated migration. Much of Lopez Obrador’s political messaging, including his first State of the Union Address, focuses on his effort to fight violence with education. For political analyst, Esteban Illades, Lopez Obrador’s messages portray a conception of reality that differs from what’s happening in the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhFbPtsrvL8&t=5s Despite the protests and temperamental relationship with his American neighbors, Lopez Obrador still enjoys a 68 percent approval rating.…

As a result of the investigation into the attacks, the city’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced that one policeman was put under arrest. He is being held for trial on charges he raped a young female employee at a city museum. The city’s mayor also announced that six police officers were suspended and has promised to solve these cases regardless of the accused belonging to the city’s police forces. In another case, city prosecutors have said there are irregularities in an accusation made against several police officers by a woman who alleged they raped in a patrol car, earlier this month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MmxGcf7I-Y

Hundreds of women protesters have taken to the streets in Mexico’s capital demanding justice for rape crimes against two girls at the hands of the police. This march went viral as activists used pink spray and threw glitter as part of their protest.  During the protest, a woman was filmed damaging the Mexico City Attorney General’s office. The video went viral, as well as the message she left explaining her actions: “The damage done to the building installations can be repaired in a day. The life of someone who has been sexually assaulted can never be repaired” Valeria Leon has the details.  https://youtu.be/2pfzqF4dO2o

Hundreds of women embark on protest in Mexico city after accusations surface that police officers raped two teenagers. These demonstrations have become known as the “glitter protests” after marchers earlier this week showered the Mexico city’s police chief in pink glitter. During the march, many expressed outrage over the high levels of violence against women and girls in Mexico. The main hashtag of this movement has become #theydontlookaftermetheyrapeme Journalist Valeria Leon has more from Mexico City. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDY1nFC1IYk

Mexicans have begun to express their concern and dissatisfaction with the growing number of Central American migrants moving through their country. “I spoke to a migrant who told me he had escaped from his country because he killed someone there, and he came to Mexico. So how peacefully will we live here close to a killer?” says Liliana a teacher speaking to TRT World. A recent public opinion survey conducted by the Washington Post and Reforma newspapers suggests 55% of Mexican respondents are in favor of deportation of migrants. Gabriela Hernandez, director of Casa Tochan Refuge blames the backlash against migrants on poor government communication. Mexico was forced to deploy thousands of troops and police at its borders in June and ramped up detentions and deportations, which only cement public sentiment against migrants as unwanted outsiders. In previous years, an estimated 500,000 migrants annually crossed Mexico in search of the “American…

The quality of the Mexican tortilla has suffered. Local production has given way to the import of over 10 million tons of corn annually. Molino “El Pujol” is trying to bring back the long-time practice of milling corn to make dough and resurrect the “real” tortilla in the era of mass production in the food industry.  The house-made dough from Oaxaca is sent to restaurants, including the world-renowned Pujol. But not everyone in the city can offer this treat due to the time-consuming process it requires.  The Nixtamalization is the traditional preparation method with maize, during which it is soaked and cooked. This special tortilla production system incorporates an educational element: tortillas come wrapped in what they call the Totomoxtle “newspaper” on which information is printed about corn. https://youtu.be/S_1CQD50bS0 https://www.univision.com/univision-news/mexican-chef-wants-to-bring-back-tradition-of-homemade-tortillas-video