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>From Vallarta with Love: A Video from Mothers of the Disappeared

In Mexico, Tuesday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. On that day, mothers from the civil society organization United Families for Our Disappeared of Jalisco will join mothers from across the country in a national demonstration in Mexico City demanding governmental action in locating their missing loved ones and calling for the passage of a national…
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More Miners Buried Young

Christian and Norteno music accompanied the Cinco de Mayo funerals of two miners killed two days earlier in the northern Mexican border state of Sonora. German Bernardo Acevedo Carrera and H. Guadalupe Suarez Sarmiento, both of Agua Prieta, were killed May 3 along with supervisor Fabian Villa Caro, when the Ford F-150 truck in which…
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In Mexico Cell Phone Tracking Okay, Metadata Fishing Not So Much

A mixed decision of a panel of the Mexican Supreme Court this week upheld the right of the government to engage in real-time tracking of cell phone users without prior judicial authorization when an imminent threat is at stake, as stipulated by Mexico’s National Security Law. The justices, however, ruled that the extraction of personal…
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The Racist Seal Controversy: What do the UNM Kiva Club and the Red Nation Want?

A movement initiated by the Kiva Club, the chartered University of New Mexico Native American students’ organization, and The Red Nation, a Southwestern Native activist organization founded in 2014, has been getting a lot of attention in Albuquerque and New Mexico lately. Most of the media coverage has zoomed in on the groups’ demand that…
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The Political Weather Vane of May Day 2016

Celebrated as a holiday in Mexico, International Workers Day is a traditional time of official speeches and government-sanctioned parades bulging with workers marching to the beat of the pro-government Mexican Workers Confederation (CTM).  As an annual political ritual, official May Day provides a controlled channel for workers to air wage, shop floor and political grievances….
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Latin American NGOs Ask Canada to Clean Up its Mining Act Abroad

A network of environmental and human rights activists from the Americas and Europe is appealing on Canada’s new prime minister to promote legislative and administrative reforms aimed at Canadian mining companies operating across the globe. In an April 25 letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, more than 190 non-governmental organizations, including Mexico’s Tlachinollan Human…
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Ciudad Juarez Commercial/Entertainment District Bounces Back

Not too long ago, violence and unemployment compelled residents of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez originally from the state of Veracruz to return to their native land. Nowadays, some Veracruzanos are moving to Juarez in a reverse migration of sorts. Ruben Martinez Gonzalez, for example, counts about four months in Juarez, a place…
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Easter Wars, Narco Negotiations and Tropical Tourism

As if the southern Mexican state of Guerrero didn’t have enough troubles, an obscure force is stirring up a boiling cauldron even more. As the Holy Week/Easter holiday season that draws hundreds of thousands of Mexican tourists to Guerrero was picking up, a heretofore unknown group publicly unfurled three narcomantas, or narco banners, in the…
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Mezcal at the Crossroads

Standing tall with a relaxed poise, Itzel Coria did a steady business selling her family’s mezcal, Ojo de Vibora (Eye of the Snake), at a recent edition of Zihuatanejo’s Saturday Ecotinaguis Sanka. “This is the only mezcal for which there are local producers,” Coria told FNS in between transactions with customers scooping up bottles of…
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The Child Deportation Express Begins in the South

A new report from Human Rights Watch 9 (HRW) is critical of the Mexican government for fast-tracking the deportation of Central American migrant children who might well have valid claims for political asylum. In a new 151-page report, “Closed Doors: Mexico’s Failure to Protect Central American Refugee and Migrant Children,” HRW reveals that less than…
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