Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at festivals happening around the world along with the music of the cultures. This week, supernatural celebrations abound in Mexico.
CONGRESO DE BRUJOS
Catemaco, Mexico lies on the Gulf of Mexico in Veracruz. Normally a sedate, drowsy little town, it becomes the center of witchcraft next weekend. The National Congress of Witches will be underway.
Looking to increase trade ties, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Thursday. Castro also updated the president on U.S. immigration reform.
Peña Nieto’s presidential term is only several months old and Castro said he’s looking for ways to improve the flow of trade between the two neighbors. Castro said he was in Mexico City looking to promote San Antonio as a major trade hub for Mexico.
Fronteras: Some are asking President Obama to hire more Latinos in his second term. Proponents are planning to reintroduce the Violence Against Women Act, which died in the House last session. Immigrant driver's licenses are a hot topic in New Mexico, and we look at how Mexico is re-making its centuries-old tradition of midwifery.
Kyrsten Sinema, who was homeless for a time growing up, is headed to Congress, and another Arizona lawmaker, Ann Kirkpatrick, is returning to Washington in January after sitting out a term. Some people returning to Mexico are still facing economic struggles in their home country. Also, we report Mexico has its own population of people living in the shadows.
The Mexican revolution drove people into the United States and those that settled in South Texas helped shape the cultural and economic landscape of the area. This is especially notable as the Hispanic population continues to increase in the United States, and the country -- as Mayor Julián Castro put it -- begins to look like San Antonio. The last part of the show highlights a performance of Tchaikovsky’s "The Nutcracker," a production that is a holiday tradition in San Antonio and the U.S.
Big expectations for new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The story of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Alamo continues to play itself out with the latest revelations by the Texas Attorney General's report. Finally, the Texas Supreme Court issues an order for fast tracking divorce paperwork in Texas.
Enrique Peña Nieto, the newly-elected president of Mexico, takes power on Saturday and inherits a nation that is suffering from a long-running conflict against drug traffickers and an economy that is improved but still anemic. On this side of the border, Mexico watchers are hoping Peña Nieto will be the pragmatic problem solver that he promised during his presidential campaign.