Pola Díaz Moffitt first pitched in to search-and-rescue efforts after Mexico City's 1985 earthquake, 32 years to the day before last month's temblor. She's been helping 'topos' groups find people trapped by disasters ever since.
Ten days after a 7.1 earthquake rocked Mexico, many students – and parents – are eager for schools to reopen. But while reopening schools represents a welcome return to routine, it also means a return to ground zero.
From crackdowns along the border that push migrants to take new and riskier routes, to criminal organizations’ increased role in human trafficking, here are some of the 'new realities' in migration along the US southern border.
For many Mexicans, the story of 'Frida Sofía' – who was supposedly stuck in earthquake rubble, but did not actually exist – has tapped into longstanding frustrations and distrust toward the government.
Monitor correspondent Whitney Eulich was working at home on Tuesday, with her 11-month-old daughter downstairs, when a 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City. Two days later, she reflects on living with temblors, and the power of public support.
On Tuesday, the capital held drills for the anniversary of its 1985 earthquake. Hours later, alarms went off again – but not for a drill. 'We've learned to jump in and help instead of waiting,' says a volunteer, one of many who rushed to help.
Many credit the agreement with jump-starting Mexico's economic transformation. But those wins are not distributed evenly across the country's northern and southern states. Some analysts see negotiation as an opportunity for reform.
Seventy years ago, Club Condesa was a women's-only swim club. Today, it's a temporary home to 50 artists' work, trying to spark conversation about the city's constant growth and change – and what gets erased in the process.
The new approach – developed in partnership with industries – is reducing dropout rates and providing a clearer path to higher-paying jobs.
As Venezuelan politicians prepare for long-delayed gubernatorial elections, some opposition members have argued that their participation would validate the increasingly undemocratic government. But memories of a backfiring boycott in 2005 have hung over the decision.
Economic and political crises have continued escalating throughout months-long protests – a situation President Nicolás Maduro says can only be fixed with a new assembly, and a new constitution. Critics call it a final turning point away from democracy.
A July 30 vote will elect an assembly to rewrite the constitution – a plan citizens have not approved, and that critics call a power grab. As the deadline looms, many are doubling down on the democratic channels that remain to express their discontent.
Government influence and self-censorship have increased over the past two decades. But amid Venezuela's political and economic crises, public demonstrations have served as a rallying call against misinformation.
'At the very least, we can let them know they aren't alone,' says Iván Ocon, a co-director of a support center in Juarez, Mexico for veterans deported from the US. 'We can make the nightmare a little less scary.'
Mexico has led regional efforts to bring mounting crises under President Nicolás Maduro to a close. But some of its motives stem from its own domestic issues, including an upcoming presidential race.
The tourism industry may be most immediately impacted by President Trump's executive order tightening restrictions on US travel and business in Cuba. But the policy may have consequences for internal politics as well, some analysts say.
President Michel Temer was expected to bring stability to a country reeling in the wake of a wide-ranging corruption scandal. But plea-bargain testimony from that case now appears to implicate him, as well, complicating Brazil's road to recovery.
Responses to the thousands of Haitians arriving in Tijuana – and staying, after a US policy change – have brought out hospitality: one of many such examples amid a global migrant crisis. But they also illustrate a second phenomenon: how communities perceive certain groups to be more 'worthy' of help and attention.
The polarization that defined former President Hugo Chávez's rule has continued under his successor, Nicolás Maduro. But increasingly, even previous supporters say that something must change to address the economic and political crisis.
The Latin American country is seeing some of the largest antigovernment protests in nearly three decades, as the pressures of severe shortages combine with increasingly authoritarian tactics from the Maduro administration.
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