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Mexico's Presidential Race Kicks Off

Mexico's presidential campaign began Friday with three main candidates vying for the prize in the July vote: a young ex-governor with movie-star looks, the country's first major female candidate and a messianic former mayor who once preached revolution and now talks about love.

Movie: Yulene Olaizola's 'Paraisos Artificiales'

New York Times

Slow, deliberate and art house ready, "Paraisos Artificiales" (Artificial Paradises), the first feature by the Mexican director Yulene Olaizola, teeters between the dreamy and the soporific.

Mexico's Angels Hit Back at Gang Violence

Al Jazeera

With unemployment at nearly 20 per cent among Mexican youth, many young people turn to a life of crime. With more than 400 street gangs in Ciudad Juarez city, in Chihuahua state, it has become a prime recruiting ground for drug cartels. But a group has come forward with a unique idea to fight this scourge.

Central American Presidents Hold Drug Legalization Summit

In a historic meeting in Antigua, Guatemala, three Central American heads of state attended a regional summit to discuss alternatives to the current drug prohibition regime, which has left their countries wracked by violence.

Secrets of the Ancients - Mexico's Olmec Heads


The Olmec civilization in Mexico sculpted massive stone heads 3000 years ago — 500 years before Rome was founded. These statues weighed up to 40 tonnes and were made from stone that came from the Tuxtla mountains more than 160 kilometers away.

The Pope's Mexico Visit Continues Amid Election Season

Al Jazeera

One week before the Mexican presidential election campaign gets underway, the timing of the Pope's visit - is more than suspect. The Vatican also wants the next government to put a lid on the growing tolerance towards gay marriage and abortion, both now legal in the capital, Mexico City.

The Importance of Mexico's Elections

Inside Story Americas

How will Mexicos drug war and growing poverty impact the upcoming 2012 elections? Inside Story Americas, discusses with guests Manuel Camacho Solis, Christopher Wilson and Daniel Brito.

Popes Arrival Sparks Surprising Emotion

Associated Press

The streets of Leon, where the pope will stay during his three-day trip, took on a carnival atmosphere, with entire blocks exploding in yellow confetti when he passed in his bulletproof popemobile.

Pope Will Meet a More Modern Mexico

Al Jazeera

The head of the Roman Catholic Church is on his way to Mexico, but Pope Benedict XVI may be greeted by a changing religious landscape in the Mexican capital.

Mexican Mayor Tackles Crime Rate

Al Jazeera

In Mexico, fighting organised crime has become an increasingly difficult and dangerous task. But the mayor of San Pedro Garza Garcia, a small northern town, is claiming some success in lowering the crime rate.

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