Mexico truth commission readies final report

400 disappeared during ‘Dirty War’

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur | FNS Feature

Forced displacements and disappearances. Vietnam-style strategic hamlets. Death flights over the Pacific. All this and more terrorized the mountain communities near Acapulco, Mexico, during the years when the resort was reaching its apex as a favored international destination for fun-seeking beach lovers in the early and mid-1970s. In response to a popular guerrilla insurgency, the Mexican army and security forces escalated what became known as the Dirty War.

NAFTA’s Bad Apples

Frontera NorteSur

Facing ruin, apple producers in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua are mulling an anti-dumpring complaint against U.S. imports. Ricardo Marquez Prieto, president of the Chihuahua Regional Union of Fruit Growers, charged that unfair competition from Mexico’s partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) threatens the viability of the local apple industry, which could see tens of thousands of tons of warehoused apples valued in the neighborhood of $65 million go to rot.

NMSU to host talk on protecting journalists

NMSU

Patrick Timmons will give a presentation entitled “Protecting At-Risk Journalists: The International Human Rights System and Its Partial Responses to the Murder of Mexican Journalists” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave. The talk is hosted by New Mexico State University’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies. (Courtesy photo)

Patrick Timmons will give a presentation entitled “Protecting At-Risk Journalists: The International Human Rights System and Its Partial Responses to the Murder of Mexican Journalists” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave. (Courtesy photo)

New Mexico State University’s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will host a talk on protecting journalists featuring Patrick Timmons at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

An expert in human rights law in Latin American, Timmons will give a presentation entitled “Protecting At-Risk Journalists: The International Human Rights System and Its Partial Responses to the Murder of Mexican Journalists.”

NM to loosen ‘restrictions’ on cops

New training an overreaction to a nonexistent threat

Mike Scanlon

Rio Grande Digital | Commentary

In New Mexico — a state now famous for its anal-probing cops who force enemas and colon exams on innocent people — the police are likely to become even more aggressive with a new training program devised by a retired military officer.

Mike Scanlon

Mike Scanlon

This comes at a time when social media networks and news media brim with stories of police overreaction — fatal shootings of suspects, bystanders and family pets among them

And when the police do get called out for actions, their superiors dismiss complaints by saying something like, “The officers acted in accordance with their training.” And that’s that. End of story.

Mexico still top choice for American expats

Mexico remains the top destination for US residents leaving the country. [Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]

Mexico remains the top destination for US residents leaving the country. [Photo courtesy of Matthew Rutledge via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]

Juliana Barrera

VOXXI

While the United States remains one of the most attractive options for immigrants, there are always plenty of citizens who are eager to leave it too. At VOXXI we explored the most popular countries for US citizens who decide they rather live abroad.

Dreamers march for driver’s licenses, end to deportations

Demonstrators for the Dream Act. [Photo courtesy of by Todd Dwyer via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]

Demonstrators for the Dream Act. [Photo courtesy of by Todd Dwyer via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]

Griselda Nevarez

VOXXI

When President Barack Obama announced that undocumented youth would be allowed to stay and work in the United States under the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Korina Iribe-Romo felt a sense of hope.

She imaged herself being able to apply for a job and get a driver’s license.

“But life after DACA didn’t happen that way for me,” she said. “It didn’t happen that way for 19,000 Dreamers in Arizona.”

Satellite technology to help fight deforestation

Alejandro Alba

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, will it make noise? But now, someone will always be around to hear it.

Felipe Calderon, former president of Mexico, says he would have liked to have had the Global Forest Watch when he was president. He said it would have helped him reduce deforestation even more. [SHFWire photo by Alejandro Alba]

Felipe Calderon, former president of Mexico, says he would have liked to have had the Global Forest Watch when he was president. He said it would have helped him reduce deforestation even more. [SHFWire photo by Alejandro Alba]

The World Resources Institute, with Google and 40 other global partners, launched a website Thursday that helps monitor forests, Global Forest Watch.

“Because of amazing developments in the availability of billions of pieces of satellite data … it is possible to bring, for the first time ever, really real-time data at a very local level to everybody in the world,” Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the institute, said. “That is what Global Forest Watch is all about, and it is free.”

NMSU’s Latino Week: Entertainment with comedian, speakers

NMSU

The Hispanic Council and Associated Students of New Mexico State University present four events for this year’s Latino Week, providing comic relief and topics regarding Hispanic culture and society. 

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