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New Mexico-Chihuahua border brouhaha

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez listens as Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte talks about development of the emerging Jeronimo-Santa Teresa borderplex. (Photo courtesy of the state of Chihuahua.)

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez listens as Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte talks about development of the emerging Jeronimo-Santa Teresa borderplex. (Photo courtesy of the state of Chihuahua.)

Binational development raises ire in Juárez

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In the aftermath of a media blitz staged by the state governments of New Mexico and Chihuahua to jointly promote the development of the emerging San Jeronimo-Santa Teresa borderplex,  a sharp polemic over the project has rekindled in Ciudad Juárez.

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

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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.

Mormons in the borderlands

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Mitt Romney’s run for the presidency has cast some attention on the little-known history of Mormon settlement in the northern Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora.  The Republican hopeful’s father,  former Michigan Gov. George Romney, was born into one of the Mormon settler families;  the  Romneys still have family ties in the state of Chihuahua.

AI: Mexico fails to tackle increased levels of violence against women

Rights group finds problems in Chihuahua, Juárez

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The Mexican authorities have failed to protect women from increasing levels of violence and discrimination or to ensure those responsible face justice, said Amnesty International in a report handed to a UN body due to examine the state of women’s rights in Mexico.

Climate havoc crosses borders

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martines and Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte chat during a visit Martinez paid to Chihuahua city in November. The two governors now are struggling with an ongoing drought in the region. (Rio Grande Digital file photo)

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For the second year in a row, residents of New Mexico and neighboring Chihuahua, Mexico, find themselves in the throes of severe drought. On May 15, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez issued an emergency drought declaration, citing in part a forecast from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center that warned of persistent or intensified drought in the state.

As an example of deepening water woes, Martinez noted the water shortage in the northern town of Las Vegas. Martinez’s office stated that 2011 was the second driest year ever recorded in New Mexico.

In time of drought, Mexico’s Tarahumara turn to tradition

Tarahumara women stand in line to receive aid from volunteers with a local non-profit that is working to provide relief to residents of the drought-stricken region. (Photo courtesy New America Media by Mike Jimenez.)

Indigenous populations lack food, rely on each other

José Luis Sierra

New America Media

CARICHI, Mex.- “Córima.”

For the more than 60,000 Tarahumara Indians living in the high Sierras of northern Mexico, the expression connotes sharing, a tradition more of necessity than charity. It also is a subtle reminder of the ongoing drought that is proving to be one of Mexico’s worst dry seasons in recent memory.

Double disaster deepens in the Juárez Valley

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If the violence that’s killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands of others isn’t enough, residents of the rural Juárez Valley on the Mexico-U.S. border now confront an additional problem: extreme water shortages. Dependent on Rio Grande irrigation water guaranteed by a 1906 agreement with the United States, farmers in the valley will receive the proverbial drop in the bucket this year thanks to the drought clobbering the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico.

FNS: Aid alone won’t solve environmental disaster

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In many cities, Mexicans are responding to the environmental and hunger crisis in Chihuahua’s Sierra Tarahumara with an outpouring of material aid donations and declarations of solidarity. Indigenous Raramuri leaders from the drought-stricken mountains were among rural activists who staged a demonstration this week in Mexico City claiming lack of government support for alleviating the worst effects of what National Water Commission chief Jose Luis Luege called “one of the biggest drought years in the historical registers of the country.”

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