Mexico

Global Scan

Want to host the 2022 Winter Olympics? We have just a few rules ...

The International Olympic Committee finds itself with two mediocre choices to host the 2022 Winter Olympics after Oslo, Norway, decided it wouldn't be hosting. Meanwhile, women in India and Colombia are standing up and saying no to violence. In India, a special all-female police squad has been created and in Colombia, a town is preparing for a one-night curfew on all men.

Global Scan

Could this trout really be as smart as a chimp?

Scientists have long thought there were certain signs of intelligence only shared by humans and chimpanzees. So they were startled to find one of those characteristics in a fish — a very smart fish, yes, but still a regular old coral trout. Meanwhile in Africa, Gambian legislators plan to increase the punishment for anyone convicted of being habitually gay to life in prison. And a doctor discusses the cruel impact of Ebola in Africa, in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality

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When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.

Arts, Culture & Media

If you like enchiladas con mole, give thanks to Mexico’s convent kitchens

Barbara Sibley is the chef and owner of La Palapa Cocina Mexicana in New York, but she was born and raised in Mexico. Her parents were expatriate Americans who fell in love with Mexico and decided to stay. At college, Sibley studied anthropology. And maybe that's why she's so interested in the roots of modern Mexican cuisine, and especially the role played by Mexican convents in creating that cuisine.

Global Politics

U.S. and Mexico unite to fight guns and drugs

The World's Lorne Matalon covers the visit of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to Mexico. The two U.S. officials are meeting with President Felipe Calderón to discuss how to tackle the illegal flow of guns and drugs between the two countries.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

Today is Day of the Dead, and it's a big holiday in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, the answer to today's Geo Quiz. Shannon Young sent us this audio postcard from Oaxaca City.

Arts, Culture & Media

Oaxaca's creative musicians

The prolonged economic slump in the Mexican countryside requires alternative income to supplement subsistence farming. Some towns make handcrafts for niche markets, but one village in Oaxaca produces highly-skilled musicians. Shannon Young reports.