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As the disputes that led to World War One were building, Germany tried to enlist Mexico’s help against the U.S.A. It didn’t turn out like the Germans hoped, and the repercussions of the Kaiser’s overture are still felt today, especially at the border.

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Advertising agency ZUBI (in Florida, of course) steps up for the minority of “Latinos” and “Hispanics” who aren’t Mexican — and people who hate tacos. Because “Latino emotions,” tu sabes, are different and require special emoji. [Mas…]

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In San Diego, where the “California Burrito” has fries inside, the taco shops have poetry, thanks to the Taco Shop Poets. [Video by Paul Espinosa.]


Undocumented immigrants Abril, brought to the U.S. as a child, and her 2-year-old boy Julián live near San Diego. Julián’s father Uriel was stopped by police for a minor traffic ticket and deported to Tijuana. In order to see each other, Uriel, Abril and Julián must cross difficult terrain to reach the border to spend time together the only way they can — Through the Wall. [Video by Tim Nackashi.]


Thought experiment? Guerrilla theater? A prank?

When Sergio Mieja (he’s @SMieja95 on the Twitter) got the idea for this video, he didn’t know exactly what the message was. He just wanted to see who supported Donald Trump.

“But as I was filming it,” he explains, “many of the people I met expressed their feeling and emotions towards this subject and it was then I knew what the purpose of this video was and realized it had a much more significant meaning. Please share this message with your friends and family.”


Seriously? You want to build a 2000-mile-long wall between the U.S. and Mexico? Follow along now as the Wall Street Journal explains exactly what that entails.


That’s why they call him the Gunfather.

Mexican priest Jesus Alfredo Gallegos Lara packed a Colt .45 pistol beneath his vestments Saturday as he celebrated mass at a church in Chucandiro, Michoacan.

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Yes, you can!

What Being Hispanic Means to Me: A Short Story (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés February 23, 2016 Cultura
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Live from her bedroom, California-native high school senior Allison Reyes explains the heartaches and joys of Being Hispanic. SPOILER: If she had to do it all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing.

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Late Night con Badía: What’s Pope Francis up to in Juarez? (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés February 17, 2016 Cultura
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¿A qué viene el Papa a Juárez? #ElLateNight #PapaFrancisco #ElPapaEnJuarez #ElPapaEnMX Posted by El Late Night con Badía. on Sunday, February 14, 2016 En route to Juarez, Mexico, El Papa Francisco calls up Jesus Cristo to see maybe they can spend some fun time hanging out.

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Making Choctaw-Apache Indian fry bread puffy tacos (video)

by JEFE BOYARDEE February 3, 2016 Cultura
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Following a family recipe preserved in a Louisiana Choctaw-Apache tribal cookbook, J Arendall makes Indian fry bread puffy tacos. You can get the Louisiana Cooking By Native American Choctaw-Apache cookbook here. That matchstick trick? It’s the real deal. PREVIOUSLY ON INDIAN FRY BREAD PUFFY TACOS:

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Mexico DF: Romina la perra gets a 3-D printed prosthetic leg (video)

by ASTRO YETSON February 1, 2016 El Now
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Romina the whippet, who lost her right front leg in a lawnmower accident, is being fitted with a new prosthetic limb, courtesy of the Veterinary Hospital of the Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM) in Mexico City. And they’re making the device with a 3-D printer. Reuters reports:

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Dear hungry homeless guy: You can eat tacos with our family (videos)

by Moctezuma Cortés January 14, 2016 El Now
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The staff at Taqueria Mexico on West Colfax Avenue in Denver asked a homeless man to leave Thursday night. Not so fast, said patron Vanessa Varona, who was there with her family, and offered to buy him a meal. FOX31 KDVR in Denver has the story: DENVER — A Denver woman’s Facebook post is going […]

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In rural Mexico, where there’s a will, there’s a well (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés January 13, 2016 Cultura
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A bomba de mecate is a rope pump for water wells. In San Miguel del Valle, Díaz Ordaz, Oaxaca, Mexico, you can build one if you know how. Maybe! 😉 Here’s how you do it, at least according to YouTube:

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Meteorologist Chris Farley: I’m El Niño and I’m coming (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés January 5, 2016 Cultura
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Weatherman Chris Farley is El Niño and he’s coming your way. But what does “El Niño” even mean, though?

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This L.A. pocha wishes she could speak better Spanish (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés December 16, 2015 Cultura
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Los Angeles pocha Natalie Munguia didn’t learn Spanish when she was growing up, and now she feels left out, as she explains in this video for Sociology 244 at Whittier College. FYI, here’s the course description:

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Laugh, cry, dance, sing: ‘La Cucaracha’ 1935 OSCAR winner (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés December 8, 2015 Cultura
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La Cucaracha, a musical short, won an OSCAR in 1935. Here’s the plot, according to IMDB:

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UPDATED: In Coca-Cola’s Mexico, white hipsters save Xmas (video)

by Moctezuma Cortés November 30, 2015 Cultura
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(Video added 3:15 PM PST Monday December 7.) Coca-Cola drops controversial Christmas video set in indigenous Mexico Updated Thursday 7:20 PM PST DECEMBER 3, 2015. Via The Guardian: Company spokesman said it had not meant to insult anyone with ad showing Coke being handed out by light-skinned actors in community of Mixe people A Coca-Cola […]

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Archaeologists: Skeletal remains linked to pulque god (photos,video)

by Moctezuma Cortés November 24, 2015 Cultura
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Archaeologists in Tlaxcala, Mexico have discovered skeletal remains of a high-ranking figure in Aztec ruins that are linked to the pulque god, as well as “the cooked vertebrae and ribs of at least three different infants.” Archeaology reports: Excavations at the Zultépec-Tecoaque archaeological site, home to the Acolhua between A.D. 1200 and 1521, have uncovered […]

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Veterans Day Video: ‘Soldados: Chicanos in Vietnam’

by Moctezuma Cortés November 11, 2015 Cultura
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Soldados: Chicanos in Vietnam is a half-hour documentary based on the book of the same name by Charley Trujillo. POCHO salutes all our veterans for their valor and sacrifice.

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Scientists: We’ve decoded more than 80% of Mayan hieroglyphs

by Moctezuma Cortés November 6, 2015 Cultura

The meaning of the intricate and striking hieroglyphs of the ancient Mayans have resisted decoding for centuries, but now some scientists claim the secrets will soon be revealed. Ancient Origins reports: For hundreds of years, linguists have been trying to decode the ancient hieroglyphic script of the Mayans, left behind on monument carvings, painted pottery, […]

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Kids tell Trump what they really think of him in totally NSFW video

by Moctezuma Cortés November 5, 2015 El Now
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What do you get when a bunch of cute kids use very adult language to tell El Donald what exactly they think of him and his racist agenda? The video is called Trashing Trump: Latino Kids Pound Racism Like a Piñata and it’s from DeportRacism.com. [NSFW: F-bombs galore.]

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Historical Hallucinations? History + Hipsters = Hipstory (toons)

by HABLO PICASSO October 16, 2015 Cartoons

Israeli artist Amit Shimoni reimagines historical figures as hipsters.

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POCHO PREGUNTA: Why is ‘Columbus Day’ still a thing? (NSFW video)

by Moctezuma Cortés October 9, 2015 Cultura
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From 2014: Why do we still honor this cruel racist thief? There are so many more worthy Italians, like Frank Sinatra, Al Pacino and Mario Batali. [NSFW adult audio.]

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