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Below is a sampling of my work for various publications in English and Spanish.

When Gender Violence Outpaces the Coronavirus in Mexico

Merion West

13 April 2020

“What similarities we have are dwarfed, however, by an immense difference. At the beginning of April, Ana Paola—at the age of 13—was raped and killed in her home in Nogales, while I write this safely from between the covers.”

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Mexican Women Protest Gender Violence, But Is the Government Listening?

Merion West

15 March 2020

“I cannot fathom the extent of their pain, of course, but I know that if something were to happen to my mother or my friends, I would burn everything until justice were achieved.”

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Mon Laferte and the Power of Toplessness

Merion West

30 November 2019

Apparently, there is a significant difference between a woman who decides to show her breasts in a glittery outfit or a see-through dress—and someone who does it in the name of a social cause.”

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Mexico’s Glitter Revolution: How Should Women Protest?

Merion West

22 August 2019

“Now, pink glitter seems to be the spark of a new revolution in Mexico against gender violence.”

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Oscilando entre “Me lo dijo un pajarito” y “Yo tengo otros datos”

Revista Ciudadanía

10 July 2019

“En televisores, tabletas y teléfonos inteligentes aparece la imagen de un hombre anaranjado alardeando sobre los peligros de la migración, en otros encontramos a un señor cano ‘desmintiendo’ lentamente lo que otros dicen de él, algunos muestran al mandatario de bigote siendo invadido por el espíritu de su predecesor. Desde Alaska hasta Ushuaia, el continente conoce una nueva era: la era de la posverdad.”

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Trump’s Tariffs: Did Mexico Have a Choice?

Merion West

21 June 2019

“This may sound as if Mexico were evil and did not want to help others, but this is not the case. If we become a safe third country, we would be biting off more than we can chew by condemning migrants to hellish conditions—mainly due to organized crime and lack of resources—and becoming the U.S. backyard.”

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A Mexican Perspective: Three Options For Venezuela

Merion West

11 May 2019

“I know several Latin American brothers and sisters who have fled their country. Some were born in the era of Chavismo and have not known anything new, until now.”

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Roger Waters Has a Point: Foreign Aid is Flawed

Merion West

03 May 2019

In the end, whether it is rich businesspeople donating their money for the reconstruction of a national monument or ‘average Joe’s’ trying to help others in need, foreign aid is, and always will be, flawed.”

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Mexico Demands Apology from Spain as Trump Bears Down

Merion West

08 April 2019

“The ‘Spain Affair’ is not a foreign policy strategy, but a national strategy to achieve López Obrador’s political goals. At 7 am tomorrow, we are convinced a new controversy regarding Mexico’s foreign policy will arise. This is not over yet.”

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Is Elizabeth Holmes an Outlier?: Women in STEM (Part II)

Merion West

25 March 2019

“We know a lot of cases of corrupt and fraudulent men, but we are not used to seeing female names associated with this type of behavior. One of the main reasons is because the percentage of women in leadership and influential positions is quite low.”

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Is Elizabeth Holmes an Outlier?: Women in STEM (Part I)

Merion West

20 March 2019

“There are more men named John running large companies than women.”

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Gender Violence in Mexico, Have Things Really Changed?

Merion West

20 February 2019

“Just being a woman in politics has not necessarily meant supporting policies in favor of other women. For example, a deputy in Veracruz proposed establishing a 10pm curfew for women to avoid more femicides in her state.”

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The Monster of Machismo

Anxy Magazine

January 2019

Illustrations by Malena Guerrero
“In delivery rooms all across Mexico, babies are born with a little monster by their side. The monster is called machismo”

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One every four hours: Femicides in Mexico and the Hope for Change

The Yale Globalist

2 August 2018

Every four hours a woman in Mexico ceases to exist, a family is left heartbroken, a pile of dreams and hopes is shattered. If you still don’t believe me, just take a quick look at María Salguero’s map and remember that we are dying…”

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Interview with Juan Ricardo Pérez-Escamilla, Co-founder of Oraculus

The Politic

28 June 2018

Juan Ricardo Pérez-Escamilla is the founder and CEO of Central de Inteligencia Política, a consulting group dedicated to improving communication strategies of institutions, candidates, and other axes of Mexican politics. Pérez-Escamilla is also co-founder of Oraculus, a platform that uses a poll-of-polls mechanism to give people free access to information about candidates and their media coverage.”

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And Then He said “Soldiers, Take the Streets”

The Yale Globalist

21 May 2018

“The biggest problem is the lack of public policies that encourage the training and funding of civilian forces. As well as the inability of the Mexican government to create a system of checks-and-balances and make ‘risky’ areas more secure. This inability comes from crippling institutions that allow corrupt politicians to be a part of major decision making.”

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Farmers, Fields and Fear: Colombian Growers Caught in the War on Coca

The Politic

2 May 2018

“Anyone who doesn’t want to grow can either leave or be killed.A young man with a hard look on his face and a weapon by his side said this to a group of farmers in Nariño, a department in western Colombia, according to a source who witnessed the interaction.”

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Smooth criminals

The Yale Globalist

5 April 2018

“What should be done to protect human rights from corruption? There is still no clear answer to which mechanisms are best to prosecute and punish the perpetrators.”

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The Culture of Machismo Harms Women in Mexico

Merion West

28 January 2018

I was twelve years old, and a man on the street was already verbally harassing me. He looked at me as if I were a juicy steak instead of an innocent child.

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The [not so] invisible machismo in Latin America

The Yale Globalist

16 January 2018

Machismo may not kill as quickly as a gunshot, but it is a silent and insidious torture.

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