Monthly Archives: April 2013

No panaceas for Mexico’s violent drug war, but prohibition has failed

Rice University

Rice University

While Mexico and the United States have ramped up their efforts to control and perhaps defeat Mexico’s increasingly violent drug cartels, the outcome of these efforts remains in doubt and no panaceas are in sight, but prohibition has once again proved to be a failure, according to a paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Despite culture change, gay members of Congress still rare

Ian Kullgren

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

WASHINGTON – As a Rhode Island state representative, Rep. David Cicilline never tried to hide that he was gay. So when a newspaper columnist asked him about it during his first run for Congress in 2002, he answered honestly.

Commentary: A border turned upside down

El Paso City Hall will be demolished this weekend to make room for a baseball park. (Photo courtesy of VisitElPaso via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Licence terms below)

El Paso City Hall will be demolished this weekend to make room for a baseball park. (Photo courtesy of VisitElPaso via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Licence terms below)

Kent Paterson | Commentary

The towering smokestacks of the old Asarco smelter in west El Paso will be demolished this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Russell Neches via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Licence terms below)

The towering smokestacks of the old Asarco smelter in west El Paso will be demolished this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Russell Neches via Flickr under Creative Commons license. Licence terms below)

Frontera NorteSur

In the Paso del Norte borderland these days, an interested observer gets the distinct impression of the world being turned upside down. And the Great Upheaval isn’t necessarily due to immigration, drugs and border security-the flashy topics media typically pounce on to paint a caricature of a complex place. Here, the issue is much more basic: money- either lots of it or very little of it.

Avenida Juarez in downtown Ciudad Juarez is crammed with foot traffic detoured from  Avenida 16 de Septiembre, which is getting a major make-over. As the downtown revitalization project lurches forward, the laying down of new infrastructure and the construction of train underpasses has streets blocked off and vehicular and pedestrian flows diverted. Slated for the chopping block, merchants in the block adjacent to the historic plaza in front of the Cathedral still hold out against the official plan. 

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