April 2019


A cold beer may soon be a hard thing to come by in Mexico City. Valeria Leon explains why some local lawmakers have declared war on the cold beverage, leaving many residents unpleased with the new measure.

A retired Mexican wrestling star’s foray into the world of gastronomy in the working-class neighborhood “Doctores” and has become all the rage among the country’s young wrestlers.  A wrestler’s career is tough and can come to a sudden end at any moment due to injury. But former wrestler, Guadalupe Fuentes also known as “Babyface” found a way to spice things up outside the ring by creating a fusion of  yakimeshi- which is a Japanese friend rice— with a bit of Mexican zing. The 72-year old man looms above this street stand every day. He can barely move because of the injuries he suffered while wrestling. Full Story on FusionTV:

Mexico boasts an array of medicinal plants. They grow naturally in rural areas, where communities have little access to formal healthcare facilities. eight out of 10 people use traditional medicine. An essential part of Zapotec culture is using plants for medicinal purposes. Zapotec healer Isabel Jimenez wants to pass on her skills and knowledge to younger generations. In an effort to protect natural vegetation, threatened by accelerated urban growth, the National Autonomous University of Mexico has set up a digital library, that lists more than 3,000 indigenous plant species. The Sonora Market in Mexico City is the largest medicinal plant market in the country. More than 300 different species are available for sale here. Full Story here:

Mexico City is one of the world’s biggest commuter cities. But female passengers say their rides are filled with constant risk of sexual harassment. They report cat-calling, groping and even rape and kidnapping. But as Valeria Leon reports, many still refuse to confront the problem head-on. Some women report they’ve been harassed at a very young age. They say it’s so common that women grow used to it. Mexico City’s government introduced women-only cars in 2008. Through Facebook and Whatsapp groups women share information about where attacks happen most often. They say it helps them reduce the risk of riding public transport. The first recorded study on sexual assault was published ten years ago by Fabiola Zermeño from a local NGO. The results of a follow up study in 2017 revealed that the number of sexual assaults in the subway system hasn’t gone down over the last decade. The…