Mexico’s Disappeared Who Won’t Disappear

As in previous years, Mexicans commemorated August 30, the International Day of Victims of Forced Disappearance. Marches, protests, masses and meetings were held by relatives of the disappeared and their supporters in different regions of the country, including the states of Chihuahua, Jalisco and Guerrero, where the numbers of forcibly disappeared persons keeps climbing into…
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Juarez, Mexico Mourn a Cultural Giant

The Divo of Juarez is dead. Alberto Aguilera Valadez, better known by the artistic name of Juan Gabriel, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 28, in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 66. According to the first news reports, the famous Mexican singer-composer died of a heart attack. Gabriel gave his last concert this past…
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The Chile Capital’s Long Road Back from Little Katrina, Part Two: A Race against Time?

Editor’s Note: North America has been pummeled this year by climate disasters. Megafires, “fire tornadoes,” and scorched earth in Canada and California. At least 40 dead in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Puebla from Tropical Storm Earl. Epic flooding in Louisiana, leaving another 13 dead. Similar to what Frontera NorteSur reported earlier this month…
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The Chile Capital’s Long Road Back from Little Katrina: Part One

FNS Special Feature At first, Melva Aguirre didn’t take the report of floodwaters roaring down on her arid hometown seriously. “When they told us water was coming, we were laughing,” Aguirre said, recalling the afternoon of August 15, 2006, in the small southern New Mexico town of Hatch. “And then it came in…,” the restaurateur…
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As Rio Grande Crisis Deepens, New Study Recommends Management Innovations

The Rio Grande remains mired in crisis. During a time when the big squeeze is on from climate change, long-term drought conditions and increasing competition over the Rio Grande’s scarce resource, a timely new report makes recommendations on improving the management of a binational river. Authored by Dr. Luzma Fabiola Nava, postdoctoral fellow in the…
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West Mesa Murders Website

West Mesa Murders Website Frontera NorteSur readers might be interested in checking out a new website dedicated to Albuquerque’s West Mesa murders, a story this publication has covered over the years. The site tells the stories of the 11 women and girls, all working-class women of color, who disappeared from Albuquerque between 2003 and 2005;…
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Obama-Pena Nieto Meet Reveals Nuclear, Water, Boundary and Security Initiatives

Obama-Pena Nieto Meet Reveals Nuclear, Water, Boundary and Security Initiatives Against a backdrop of political tumult in their countries, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met July 22 in Washington, D.C., where the two leaders reaffirmed existing bilateral relationships and unveiled new joint initiatives. In Washington the day after Republican presidential…
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Report Details Failures at Border Utility

FNS Special Feature Report Details Failures at Border Utility Concerns over a southern New Mexico border utility’s capacity to manage state and federal grants for a sorely needed wastewater treatment plant prompted the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) to contract an assessment of the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority (CRRUA). Dated March 10, 2016, the…
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The Butchers of a Border Narco State

If testimony delivered in a Texas courtroom this month is to be believed, it offers a chilling glimpse at the functioning of what amounted to a narco-government firmly connected to the U.S. and run out of the Mexican border state of Coahuila during the administration of former Governor Humberto Moreira, when narco-related violence surged. A…
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Border Factory Workers Blockade International Bridge

Border Factory Workers Blockade International Bridge After a hiatus of several months, public protests by border factory (maquiladora) workers in Ciudad Juarez are back. On Saturday morning, July 9, as many as 1,000 workers from Johnson Controls, Eagle Ottawa, Lear, Foxconn and other companies  staged a spirited march through the city’s downtown, culminating in an…
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