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Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012

Should name United States of Mexico be changed to just Mexico?

      Should the name United States of Mexico be changed to just Mexico?

      President Felipe Calderón, in one of his last acts at the nation's leader, this week dusted off a proposal he had made when he was a congressman to change the country's name to just Mexico.

     On Saturday, columnist Rafael Licéaga, who last week week blasted the haste with which Calderón pushed through the new El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, expressed no opinion about the possible change, but did go into detail about the origin of the name "Mexico" and of its spellling. He said the name could even mean center of the world, just as the ancient capital of the Incas, Cuzco, was called the navel, or center, of the world.
Licéaga's column, in Frontera (PDF).

        Calderón got his labor law passed, albeit in much-altered form, this fall. Could the name change have success, too, or will it suffer the fate of a proposal to finally bring back the body of former dictator Porfirio Díaz back from France? That proposal feel by the wayside, as did a proposal in 1990s to change Mexico's name, because it turned out that Mexico had a lot more important things to deal with, including the fallout of political assassinations, monetary crises, and a surge in drug trafficking and organized crime.