One of Yale’s finest, Drew Konove, a Mexico City scholar and connoisseur of the often overlooked vagaries of Mexican history, … Continue reading Mexico, DF: Stuck in the middle
The majesty of spanning two seas, vertiginous mountains and endless plains, sultry swamp and punishing desert, lots of Wal-Marts. Mexico is as American as pie de manzana and what a spectacular place it is.
Outgoing President Calderon, however, is seeking to remove the country’s more overt connection to its northern neighbor, forever ensconced in its constitutional name and identity. We might all know it as Mexico, but the country’s real name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos, or “United Mexican States”. Calderon, in a last ditch attempt to do something with the final days of his presidency before the country’s Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) claws back its power from the opposition, wants to sever these ties and just call the country by its nickname, boring old Mexico.