Monthly Archives: July 2012

Mexico shuts down Juárez gambling spots

Frontera NorteSur

Mexican federal law enforcement agents swooped down on three Ciudad Juárez casinos last weekend, detaining employees and placing “closed” seals on the businesses. The target of the July 28 raids was the Uno bingo and sports book chain that maintained three casinos in different sections of the border city.

UTEP unveils plans to transform campus

The new Bhutanese-style pedestrian overpass on Sun Bowl Drive, together with the "Mining Minds" sculpture in the roundabout at the intersection of Sun Bowl Drive and University Avenue, serve as landmarks at the western gateway to the UTEP campus. (Image courtesy of UTEP)

Design emphasizes sustainability, quality of life 

University of Texas at El Paso

As the University of Texas at El Paso approaches the celebration of its 100thanniversary, the university has begun a new phase in the recent expansion of its campus facilities. On July 23, UTEP President Diana Natalicio

The arroyo will be enhanced with the addition of new bridges, overlooks and landscaping. (Image courtesy of UTEP)

unveiled final renderings for eight projects that will use pedestrian walkways and green spaces to knit together campus buildings, creating a climate consistent with UTEP’s development as a national research (Tier One) university with a 21st century student demographic.

Truck-driving dangers in Mexico’s Zeta Land

Editor’s Note:  As a general rule, Frontera NorteSur prefers not to use anonymous or unidentified persons as the main source(s) of information for a story. But on-the-ground realities in Mexico increasingly challenge this principle. Often, journalists sticking hard-and-fast to the attribution rule will have nothing to publish, even if a story is of crucial significance.

So in the interest of furthering public knowledge and debate, FNS has decided to publish the following story based on an interview with a trucker who asked that his real identity not be disclosed for obvious reasons. For purposes of this story, we will simply call him Rafael, or Rafa.  The trucker’s story, important aspects of which are confirmed by other sources, also conveys a seldom-heard point of view from a sector of the population that is caught up in the so-called drug war but largely forgotten in the reporting on and analysis of the violence and its implications for the future of Mexico. 

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur Feature

Rafael yanks out the old billfold and displays a lone 200-peso bill, a denomination roughly worth $16 and declining in value every day as fuel, food and more keep going up and up and disposable income down and down. With more than a glint of regret in his eyes, he remarks how in the old days his wallet would bulge with as many as 10,000 pesos. Those were the good years, he recalls, when a trucker’s life was one of happiness and a profession that earned a good living.

Hookah smoking increasingly common among first-year college women

Miriam Hospital

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Nearly a quarter of college women try smoking tobacco with a hookah, or water pipe, for the first time during their freshman year, according to new research from The Miriam Hospital’s Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine.

HSBC money-laundering mess confirms: ‘Mexican’ drug war is all about the US


Latino Rebels

Capitalism 101. Someone wants a product. Someone else produces that product. Person who wants the product that was produced purchases the product. Person who made the product gets the money from the person who bought the product. Rinse and repeat.

Mexican Consul funds UTEP scholarships

IME Becas program to benefit Mexican students

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio accepted a check for $17,500 this week from Jacob Prado Gonzalez, the Consul General of Mexico in El Paso, during a ceremony at the Mexican Consulate as part of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) Becas Scholarship Program. The funds, which UTEP will match to total $35,000, will provide scholarship opportunities for Mexican students attending the University. 

Lawsuit could sideline Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s anti-immigration crusade

Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Photo courtesy of New America Media)

Valeria Fernández

New America Media

PHOENIX — One quiet morning nearly 5 years ago, Manuel de Jesús Ortega Melendres, a 53-year-old Mexican tourist, was a passenger in a van that was pulled over – allegedly for speeding — by a Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy. Ortega Melendres, who has dark skin, and his co-passengers, were asked to show their legal documents. Ortega Melendres did so, but was nevertheless arrested and detained for four hours. The driver of the van was never officially cited for speeding.

Survey links voter ID laws, racial resentment

University of Delaware

A new National Agenda Opinion Poll by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication reveals support for voter identification laws is strongest among Americans who harbor negative sentiments toward African Americans.

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