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Former Vermont Congressman Ben Ptashnik to Discuss Election Integrity


By Hope Bradberry Former Vermont state senator Ben Ptashnik, a trailblazer in the United States’s movements for campaign-finance reform and LGBTQ civil rights, will be in town to talk about his latest important project—ensuring the integrity of the upcoming 2020 elections. The San Miguel Chapter of Democrats Abroad is sponsoring Ptashnik’s talk on August 12 [...]

Speaker to Investigate the Implications of AMLO’s “Fourth Transformation”


By Cliff DuRand México is in the midst of great changes. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, AMLO for short, has pledged to end the corruption that has been endemic in the country and raise the poor. These are just a couple of the more difficult aspects of what he calls The Fourth Transformation. With an [...]

Talk Roots México’s Obesity and Malnutrition Problems in Government Policy Changes


By Liz Mestres What could be more central to our lives than access to sufficient and healthy food? How can we achieve food security? Food sovereignty? Food justice? According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), one in seven people on the planet goes to bed hungry every day, and more [...]

Lecture Discusses Perú’s Hybrid History


By John Leupold Perú, which has been described as the “molten core” of South America, is a fascinating mix of Inca and Spanish culture. In colonial days, the Viceroyalty of Perú encompassed most of Spanish-ruled South America. The wealth that Spain derived from it was monumental, and centuries of exploitation eventually led to independence and [...]

Lecture Discusses Ethiopia’s Intermingling of Old and New

By John Leupold Situated in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is an intriguing mix of ancient and modern and the only African country never to be colonized. Some of Africa’s highest mountains are in Ethiopia, as are one of the lowest places, 400 feet below sea level. There are also arid deserts, lush forest, surging [...]

Lecture Explains Bhutan’s Thoughtful Entry into the Modern World


By John Leupold The little-known Kingdom of Bhutan, located between India and Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains, is sometimes referred to as the last Shangri-la. One of the world’s few countries never to be conquered or colonized, Bhutan existed in self-imposed isolation without electricity, running water, automobiles, schools, hospitals, or currency until 1960, when China [...]

What’s in Our Water?

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Caminos de Agua Lecture to Include Q&A Session on San Miguel’s Water Quality By Melissa Landman Water quality, specifically excessive arsenic and fluoride contamination, is an increasingly concerning problem in San Miguel and the surrounding watershed region. Differing opinions and takes on the water situation in the region abound, and so Caminos de Agua is [...]

Doctor to Give Talk on Stem Cells and Stem Cell Therapy at Biblioteca


By Dr Jose (Pepe) Valencia Stem cells, the name given to a category of cells which produce specialized cells for the body and can divide infinitely without losing their properties, are the foundation cells for every organ and tissue in our bodies. That also gives them incredible power to heal and repair. Find out more [...]

Introducción a la Sociocracia


Por Yonam Ayón San Miguel de Allende será sembrada con semillas de transformación hacia sociedades más justas, equitativas, eficaces y felices. Contaremos con la visita de Beatriz Arjona, Presidenta de CASA Latina (Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de América Latina), Vicepresidenta y Regional Latina de GEN (Red Global de Ecoaldeas), con reconocida experiencia internacional en Sociocracia. [...]

Talk by Journalist Laura Carlsen Assesses AMLO Presidency

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By Cliff DuRand Noted journalist Laura Carlsen returns to San Miguel de Allende to analyze the first four months of México’s new government. Since taking office December 1, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (often referred to as AMLO) has been introducing sweeping changes, turning the country away from the neoliberal model of the last four [...]

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