The Smokey, Slippery Highways of 2017

Editor’s Note: In today’s piece, my last article for Frontera NorteSur, I update a few of the stories FNS has covered to one degree or another over the years and the trends swirling around them that are likely to continue into 2017 and beyond. Again, readers can see stories from this one and previous years…
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Mexican Musings, Caribbean Winds and Border Destinies

As 2016 approaches a tumultuous end, possible changes in the U.S.-Mexico relationship are cooking. The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president, the apparent shelving of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership fervently supported by the Obama and Pena Nieto administrations and statements from north of the border of cancelling or renegotiating the North…
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A New Human Rights Movement Stirs from Below

One of the unforeseen results of the 2016 U.S. election could be the emergence of a broad new coalition committed to anti-racism, immigrant rights and the tolerance of all faiths, creeds and liberties. In other words, a unified force dedicated to the principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the…
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Anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution

From the Editor The Editor Bids Farewell to Frontera NorteSur Well, the time has come to say my goodbye to Frontera NorteSur. Alas, the anvil of austerity is burning red hot and the ink is dripping off the pink slip. Everything aside, it’s been a remarkable journey in the editor’s seat during the past eleven…
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The Race for the Mexican Presidency Begins

Special Report Amid the turmoil emanating from the U.S. election, Mexico is entering its own presidential transition period. Though political reforms have shortened the length of the formal campaigns (which don’t commence until early 2018 ), and placed some restrictions on media access by the political parties, for all intents and purposes the 2018 race…
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The Trump Effect on Mexico’s Political Scene

Like no other U.S. presidential election in modern times, the stunning victory of Donald Trump is shaking up Mexico’s political scene and shaping the ground for the country’s own presidential transition in 2018. Especially if the U.S. president-elect makes good on his promises to deport undocumented immigrants, build a bigger border wall and toss out…
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New Mexico Mobilizes for Standing Rock

New Mexico Mobilizes for Standing Rock As a telenovela-like script of sex-tainted scandal rivets the mainstream news in the days before the incendiary 2016 U.S. presidential election, serious coverage of many matters decisive for the future of this country and the world has apparently been relegated to another day. Yet far from the sensationalist media…
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Mexico’s Doctors, Health Workers Send Out an SOS

Dr. Adela Rivas Obe had a stellar reputation. In addition to being a respected member of her profession, Rivas was by many accounts socially committed. A supervisor of Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in the Costa Grande of Guerrero state, Rivas walked out of an IMSS clinic September 22 in the small port city of…
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Full Circle in the Americas: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence in the 21st Century

Editor’s Note: Since its inception as a project of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at New Mexico State University back in the early 1990s, Frontera NorteSur’s reporting has focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region, Mexico and New Mexico. Extremely limited resources have made it difficult to report events elsewhere in the hemisphere…
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International Migrant Crisis Hits a Breaking Point in Baja California

They come from many of the war-torn, economically pillaged and environmentally devastated corners of the globe, principally from Haiti and the Congo but also Eritrea, Senegal, Ghana, Pakistan, and other nations. In their thousands, men, women and children now wait in the northern Mexican border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali on their last, hopeful stopover…
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