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Juárez Valley strives for recovery

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Travelers headed south of Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico might have noticed a full, flowing Rio Grande in recent days. The coveted water was on its way to Mexico where, under a binational 1906 treaty, the U.S. is annually obligated to deliver 74 million cubic meters of the liquid. Once past the border, the water is used for irrigating farmland in the Juarez Valley of Chihuahua state, which encompasses the municipalities of Praxedis C. Guerrero, Guadalupe, Distrito Bravos and Juárez.

The Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo, as it's known in Mexico, flows along the border, carrying water to farmers in the Juárez Valley.

The Rio Grande, or Rio Bravo, as it’s known in Mexico, flows along the border, carrying water to farmers in the Juárez Valley.

Long known for its fertile farmland as well as contraband corridors, the Juarez Valley was one of the hardest hit areas in the so-called narco war, especially between 2008 and 2010 when thousands of residents fled their homes and abandoned farm land.  Many sought refuge in Hudspeth County, Texas, just across the Rio Grande.

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.

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.

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.

Juárez murder rate hits five-year low

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

Mexican drug cartels’ US stake: $1 trillion

Proceeds from the sale of Mexican drugs are worth a fortune to US banks. (Photo illustration courtesy New America Media)

Editor’s Note: Recent media reports of money laundering activities involving U.S. banks and Mexico’s drug cartels point to a disturbing trend. NAM contributor Louis Nevaer says that everything taken into account, the amounts involved rival investments made by some of the U.S.’s largest trade partners.

Banks pay fines to get away with money laundering 

Louis Nevaer

New America Media

The six-year War on Drugs that Mexican president Felipe Calderon has waged since 2007 has resulted in one consequence no one anticipated: Mexican drug cartels have sent upwards of $1 trillion to the US.

FNS: Mothers march on Mexico City

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Mothers of women and men missing in Mexico embarked May 8 on a national march/caravan that will culminate in protests and meetings in the nation’s capital this week. Like last year’s caravans organized by poet Javier Sicilia and other relatives of violence victims, the mobilizations will remind Mexicans of the deep emotional wounds  and unhealed psychological scars that devour families of forcibly disappeared persons.

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