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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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Mexico’s Disappeared: An Urgent International Matter

Although forced disappearance in Mexico is a burning national question, its ramifications extend across borders as well. In Central America and the United States, relatives of persons disappeared in Mexico struggle to find out any inkling of the truth from afar, often with no or limited resources. Carlos Spector, an attorney in the Texas border…
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The Brilliant, Beautiful and Ugly Faces of October

Another glorious New Mexico autumn is upon us. Along the Rio Grande, the changing color of the bosque canopy harkens the coming of the crows. In the Hatch Valley, reddening chiles, blossoming white cotton balls and towering, shadowy stands of corn paint a brilliant mosaic. In the skies of Albuquerque, hot-air balloons puff away as…
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The UNM Lobos Sing the Budget Blues

There have been happier times at the University of New Mexico. Packed into the Student Union Ballroom, hundreds of people heard UNM’s three top administrative officials September 22 outline the increasingly negative financial outlook for New Mexico’s flagship institution of higher learning. Prompting an informal town hall meeting UNM President Robert Frank likened to a…
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Juan Gabriel and the Taking Back of Downtown Ciudad Juárez

Editor’s Note: Juangamania, the commotion over and remembrance of legendary Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, who was fondly known as Juanga or the Divo of Juarez, continues to sweep Mexico, the United States and beyond. In the days since Gabriel’s August 28th death, a steady stream of articles and broadcast reports have poured forth in the…
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