Yearly Archives: 2012

A visual journey into the heart and soul of Ciudad Juárez

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In recent pieces, FNS has mentioned the revitalization project that is underway in the historic downtown of Ciudad Juárez. The state-city plan moves forward, with workmen now engaged in constructing a controversial train tunnel/underpass. Long-time border activist and independent filmmaker Richard Boren has captured images of a changing downtown and some of the people who are struggling to maintain a local character in the heart and soul of Juárez.

The skeletons in Felipe Calderon’s closet

Mexico President Felipe Calderon is seen at the mid point in his term, Jan. 30, 2009, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (Photo courtesy World Economic Forum via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below)

Crime toll haunts outgoing president’s legacy

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Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto takes office Saturday. (Photo courtesy of New America Media)

As outgoing Mexican president Felipe Calderon prepares to enter the Ivory Tower of Harvard, skeletons are rattling the walls of Mexico during the last few days of his administration.

Within the past week, Mexican authorities have recovered the remains of scores of  murder victims from mass grave sites situated in different regions of  the country.

War or peace in Mexico?

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Do messages attributed to three Mexican underworld organizations portend war or peace? Retrieved by Mexican soldiers, three so-called narco-banners displayed last week in the southern state of Guerrero and purportedly signed by three groups — the Gulf cartel, La Familia Michoacana and the Knights Templar — announced not only a truce among the signatories, but also a new “brotherhood” against the rival Los Zetas organization.

How NM Latinos impacted 2012 election

Overwhelmingly Latino voters indicated that if Mitt Romney were to be elected president the chances of comprehensive immigration reform would be much worse than if it was under President Obama. (Photo courtesy of Public News Service.)

By Renee Blake

Public News Service

ALBUQUERQUE — Latino voters are getting a lot of credit for the way the 2012 elections turned out. Professor Gabriel Sanchez, Latino Decisions director of research, says Latinos have moved to the left since the election of President George W. Bush. 

Citizen uprisings spread in Mexico

Young people watching the streets of Cheran, Michoacan, in June 2011 with faces covered to avoid retaliation by “enemies” such as loggers and organized crime. (Photo courtesy of Eneas De Troya via flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

“Due to the constant murders, threats and extortions over timber sales, our only recourse is to take up arms against any enemy, because the community police post has not functioned … we want to live and work in peace. For three years, we have been in constant fear. Nobody can go to work and development projects have been halted.”

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In the final days of the Calderon presidency, anti-crime uprisings are spreading in parts of rural Mexico. Similar to the “citizen uprisings” in the Michoacan indigenous communities of Cheran and Urapicho, residents in a section of neighboring Guerrero state have now taken security matters into their own hands.

Juárez murder rate hits five-year low

Rio Grande Digital

For the first time in five years, authorities in Ciudad Juárez reported an average under one homicide a day during October.

The fabulous, frightening fall of 2012

Fall on the Rio Grande. (Photo courtesy of Mike Tungate via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Silence greets climate-change report

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur, Commentary

High fall is a glorious time in New Mexico. As farmers’ markets unload the last batches of home-grown produce, the lingering aromas of fresh, roasting green chile stimulate the senses. Pumpkins, soon transformed into scary faces, hop from the farm to haunt homes. Running down the Middle Rio Grande Valley, the bosque, or river forest, dazzles like a drooping ribbon of green, yellow and orange, nudging the big Elephant Butte Reservoir that supplies water to New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.

New project promotes shared open Wi-Fi

Electronic Frontier Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of nine other groups launched the Open Wireless Movement today – a new project to promote a landscape of shared, wireless Internet.

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