One of the key races in the US midterm elections will be fought in Texas, as the Democrats seek to oust Republican Ted Cruz and turn the red state blue. Beto O'Rourke is bidding to become the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from the deeply conservative state in three decades. Robert Francis O'Rourke was born in El Paso on September 26, 1972, a fourth-generation Irish American. He was nicknamed 'Beto', a common Spanish nickname for first names ending in 'berto' to distinguish him from his namesake grandfather. Former punk rocker The former punk rocker and three-term U.S. congressman captured the national spotlight amid momentum of the Democratic 'blue wave'. He smashed an 18-year-old fundraising record - raising $61.8 million during his campaign, almost twice his rival's $35.1 million. But he significantly trailed Cruz in opinion polls for most of the year. Recent polls showed the race tightening, although Cruz still led. Taking a knee Beto became a viral sensation thanks to … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about Texas Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke
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Netflix's Narcos is undergoing a transformation this season, leaving behind the stories of Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel for a reboot (of sorts) focusing on Mexico and the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel, led by Félix Gallardo. Gallardo is played by Diego Luna, who told Variety that the series hopes to make a powerful statement about relations between the US and Mexico and the involvement of both countries in the drug trade. "A wall is not going to stop anything," he said. "They’ve put a rapid succession of drug dealers in jail, and that hasn’t stopped anything either because this is a system, a corrupt system, that has seeped into every level of power on both sides of the border…. That’s what the series says: that we have to work together towards a solution. It's not them against us." The season will explore the roots of the modern drug war in the rise of Gallardo's Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s, which unified a … [Read more...] about Narcos: Mexico star Diego Luna says Trump’s border wall is ‘not going to stop anything’
Updated 0704 GMT (1504 HKT) November 5, 2018 Seoul, South Korea (CNN)It takes Park Hyun-suk, a widow who lost her husband to gwarosa -- the Korean word for death by overwork -- a long time to find a photo of them together. "I thought we took some photos together," she says, scrolling through her phone, talking to herself. "Didn't we take one on that trip?" As her daughter tries to jog her memory, Park finally finds one: of her husband in his work clothes, a white decontamination suit and head covering. Chae Soo-hong worked at a food supplier specializing in jangjorim, a popular Korean side dish of beef cooked in soy sauce. His primary duty was to make sure production was up to standard and on time. During the week he would travel to the company's factories and oversee production. On Saturdays, he went to the main office to do paperwork. Even after coming home from work, his job wasn't done: though it wasn't his explicit duty, he'd often spend the evening fielding calls from … [Read more...] about Can South Korea fix its deadly working culture and give people their lives back?
DAY of the Dead celebrations began today in Mexico, with millions of revellers painting their faces and constructing altars to honour their lost loved ones. But what happens during the annual festival, how long does it last, and where did it come from? What is the Day of the Dead? In a number of different cultures, there is a dedicated celebration made especially to remember the lives of family and friends who have passed away. The Mexican Day of the Dead festival is a time where revellers are encouraged to pray for lost loved ones, to help them through their journey in the afterlife. Mexico City's Day of Dead parade honours quake rescuers On the Dia de Muertos, revellers often construct their own private altars, where they honour the dead with a number of different gifts. Sugar skulls and marigolds are among the offerings given up, as well as the favourite food and drinks of the departed. When is Day of the Dead taking place? The colourful festival takes place between October 31 and … [Read more...] about Day Of The Dead 2018 – how long does the festival last, is it only celebrated in Mexico and what’s it all about?
It isn't all about Halloween this week. Day of the Dead is on the horizon this week too, a unique and intriguing festival of remembrance, that every year sees the world get a little bit more interested in the cultural vibrance of Mexico. Mexican culture is, however, so much more than tinga tacos and flowered headbands. No one knows that better than the country’s artists, particularly those who have woven their country’s heritage, aesthetic traditions and politics throughout their work. This Day of the Dead – or Dia de los Muertos – take a closer look at five cultural minds who have put Mexico on the map in modern art and beyond. Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo is among the most recognisable, influential and groundbreaking artists in global art history. She took up painting as a teenager having been left bedbound for months by a horrific traffic accident in 1925, creating her first self-portraits by looking at a mirror hung above her bed. Kahlo suffered … [Read more...] about Five artists to transport you to Mexico for Day of the Dead