Three sinkholes in a small community in Mexico City have led geologists and locals to debate and investigate the town’s water use. Geologists warn of dire consequences if the problem isn’t addressed, but others are reluctant to link the sinkholes with water use at all.
For hundreds of years, Xochimilco, south of central Mexico City, has been home to an elaborate network of canals and traditional floating crops. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is protected, and building atop the crops is illegal – but laws and designations have been no match for Mexico City’s unstoppable sprawl.
Officials in the capital city agreed in 2015 to make it cheaper and simpler for people to request a formal gender change on legal identity documents, but the change excluded those under 18, who must still submit to a court trial. Supporters are lobbying for alterations in Mexico City’s planned new constitution that would give minors the right to request gender and name changes through the administrative proceeding rather than a court proceeding.
Thousands of indigenous people were forced from their homes in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, in 2017. The displacement was part of a violent land dispute that has been going on for years, but similar scenes occur every year throughout the country.
The contributions of Africans in Mexico and their descendants have gone unappreciated, advocates say, and it was only recently that an attempt was made to even count this population. As a result, the group’s access to employment and education is hindered, some say.