Tag Archives: border violence

Ciudad Juárez: Bad day or a new bloodbath?

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In one of the bloodiest days in the last year or more, nine people were murdered Monday, May 26, in the northern Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez. In separate incidents, guns, knives, hammers and possibly bare hands were the instruments of homicide.

El Paso Times: Juárez families, neighborhood scarred by 2010 massacre

Three years ago this week, armed killers descended on the Villas de Salvárcar neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez and slaughtered 15 people — mostly students and athletes with no known criminal ties — who were attending a friend’s birthday party.

FNS: Texas, Mexico spar over spring break

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The latest Mexico travel warning issued by the state government of Texas has set off a wave of criticism south of the border. Government officials and representatives of the international tourism industry lashed out against a March 6 advisory issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) that urged young spring breakers not to visit Mexico this vacation season because of ongoing narco violence and other criminal activity in the neighboring country.

Press freedom group Article 19 blasts Juárez police chief

Juárez police chief Julián Leyzaola

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A leading international organization that defends press freedom has called Juárez Police Chief Julián Leyzaola “the enemy of the press” in a blog published on Thursday by the Mexico City newspaper El Universal.

The organization Article 19 cites numerous city police attacks on journalists since Leyzaola took control of the Juárez police department last year. It points the blame directly at Leyzaola and Juárez Mayor Hector “Teto” Murguia, who appointed the chief and has defended him, saying last week that Leyzaola will still be on the job when the mayor leaves office.

Frontera NorteSur: Vigilantism and retaliation

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Fed up with constant robberies and violent assaults, the residents of a working-class Chihuahua City neighborhood undertook direct action to prevent further crime. According to a local press story, about 30 residents of the Sol de Oriente section of the city recently armed themselves with machetes, baseball bats and other weapons and then mounted nighttime street patrols to keep delinquents away.

Charles Bowden’s take on Mexico, poverty and the ever-problematic ‘war on drugs’

The author and journalist who has gained acclaim as an expert on Mexico’s drug war sat down for a video interview with San Francisco documentary filmmaker David Zlutnick. Here is an edited video of that interview. A transcript of the exchange can he found here.

UTEP journalism students learn real-life lessons in the field

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It’s a story that affects the entire border region and beyond.

Journalists from across the country have traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to write about the relentless violence that

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has plagued Mexico, specifically border cities. Among the topics that expose life in these violence-ridden areas is the fleeing of hundreds of thousands of residents to safe havens.

Many newspapers have touched the exodus, but few have extensively covered the topic. One student project, run by faculty at The University of Texas at El Paso, did just that. 

Mexico’s tourism woes worsen

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Back in the summer of 2010, Mexican Tourism Secretary Gloria Guevara stood before a crowd in Beverly Halls and proclaimed a new strategy to recapture US visitors. In a speech, Guevara stressed the myriad cultural amenities her country offers tourists.

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