¡Ya Basta!: This isn’t fiction and these aren’t actors. The torture is real. The film is “¡Ya Basta!” (“Enough!”), and it’s a disturbing, intimate documentary of an epidemic of kidnappings and related crimes that started in Mexico in the ’90s. The film was directed by University of Texas at Austin educational psychology Professor Ricardo Ainslie, and it’s not the first record he’s made of a community in crisis. It’s just the first time the community has been his hometown.
Troubled Waters: Sprawling across a cactus-studded valley in Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert is a place like no other on the planet. It’s called Cuatrocienegas, and it is a crunchy expanse of land isolated in a basin ringed by mountains like salt on the rim of a margarita glass. The seemingly dry, desert area, however, is best known for its life-giving waters–pools, wetlands and rivers filled to the brim with an amazing assortment of unique species.
The bottom-line message of Kenneth Greene’s book, “Why Dominant Parties Lose: Mexico’s Democratization in Comparative Perspective,” is laid out right there on the cover. It shows a poster that looks like a ballot with a box for Mexico’s long dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) marked with an “X.” Next to it is a man pulling… » Continue Reading