Mexico and the Mexicans

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Scholar and former foreign minister Jorge Castañeda explains some of the puzzling paradoxes of Mexico. Manana Forever? Mexico and the Mexicans is a portrait of a nation at a crossroads. He examines Mexico’s ambivalent and complicated relationship with the United States, the Mexicans tendency to resent foreigners even while they’ve made their country a popular tourist destination, and the future possibilities for Mexico.


Jorge Castañeda

Comments [8]

... really interesting, thanks for having Jorge Castañeda.

Jun. 23 2011 10:36 AM
A listener

I'm just tuning in, so forgive me if you've already covered this topic, but it's my understanding that the water system in Mexico City loses as much water as is delivered to the tap due to cracks in the antiquated pipes.

Is this the case?

Jun. 22 2011 12:34 PM
A listener

Is there an environmental movement in Mexico CIty and in the country as a whole?
How does Mexico handle its garbage? Does the government prefer dumps, landfills recycling, or incinerators?

Jun. 22 2011 12:34 PM

Mexico seems to be a particularly misogynistic society. Doesn't surprise me that they don't have a sense of community or working together, as he says, when women are so oppressed.

Jun. 22 2011 12:31 PM
tom from long island city

The day of the election in which Calderon eventually was declared the winner for the first time-- I asked a group of Mexicans which candidate they supported and they all said "neither" -- that they were all corrupt. Do Mexicans have a pronounced distrust of political establishments? And could that contribute to their ignoring of our immigration laws?

Jun. 22 2011 12:17 PM
Sherry from LES

Can you ask your guest how Mexicans feel about the media and politicians lumping of all Latinos and Hispanics together? Obama was recently in Puerto Rico for instance and the media covered it as though he was a drumming up all Hispanic votes.

Jun. 22 2011 12:15 PM

didn't the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim, make his money in mexico

Jun. 22 2011 12:11 PM

A question for Minister Castaneda: Mexico could have greatly expanded its control and benefit from cross border traffic of container freight through Ensenada and Lazaro Cardenas, even Punta Colonet if it had upgraded and double tracked the rail connections through major cities through to the US border (Laredo, etc.) but no money at all seems to have been set aside for the ghosts of Ferrocarriles de Mexico, et al. Mexico seems content to fish for 3rd country money to invest in port facilities without any real commitment to infrastructure improvement. If Mexico wants to control its own, larger piece of the pie for maquiladora activity, why the reticence to invest in an infrastructure project that would automatically reduce gang effectiveness and make more well capitalized rail and shipping companies dependent on Mex rail? This is a clear win for Distrito Federal. I don't get it.

Jun. 22 2011 06:24 AM

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