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A Special Holiday Appeal from Frontera NorteSur

If you donated during our recent fundraiser, a heart-felt thanks go out from Frontera NorteSur.  If you did not, now is the time to take that step.  Your holiday gift will go a long way in assuring that Frontera NorteSur continues reporting on the stories you care about so much in the coming year. We…
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Mexican Leaders Demand Freedom for Students, Self-Defense Commander

Widespread protests are sweeping the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan and beyond in the wake of the federal government’s imprisonment of 52 rural student teachers. The students from the Cheran Indigenous Normal School, 32 men and 20 women, were arrested Monday, December 7, following a confrontation with Michoacan state police at the Ziruahen highway toll…
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Medical Tourism Advances in Mexico

Long viewed as an affordable alternative to the high-cost U.S. health care system, medical tourism in Mexico is entering a new phase of business integration, binational coordination and technological advance. Amid these developments, optimism was rife at the 6th Annual Medical Tourism Congress held this week in the Mexican coastal city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco….
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Immigration Advocate Tells Europeans to Remember History

As another International Migrants Day draws near, the situation of migrants and refugees seemingly grows more desperate with each passing day. In different corners of the globe, peoples in movement confront hostile and corrupt officials, opportunistic criminals and death at the hands of humans or the natural elements. The flashpoints of the contemporary crisis include…
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Two Perspectives on Marijuana Legalization in Mexico

The Mexican Supreme Court’s recent decision declaring prohibition against the personal possession of marijuana as unconstitutional put the issue of legalizing the intoxicating substance back on the public policy agenda. Although Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto endorses a debate on regulating marijuana, he reiterated his opposition this week to the recreational consumption and legalization of…
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Juarez Feminicide Suspect Gets 35 Years in Prison

The long and painful saga of a Dutch family took another turn this week when the suspect in the murder of a daughter in Ciudad Juarez was sentenced by a Mexican court to a lengthy term in prison. Roberto Flores, also known as Ramiro Adame Lopez, was slapped with 35 years in the penitentiary by…
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New Border Food Business Incubator Set to Open

A groundbreaking ceremony is slated this week for a new business incubator that is billed by its promoters as the first food hub for the Paso del Norte region. In a press statement, the American Friends Service Committee of New Mexico annnounced the construction kick-off at noon December 3 of the new Anthony Youth Farmers…
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Juarez Workers March, Demand Union

Editor’s Note:  Fast food and other low-paid service industry workers conducted protests and strikes this week in nearly 300 U.S. cities. The workers, many of them immigrants, demanded an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour and union representation. Meanwhile, a similar movement deepened in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where workers in the foreign-controlled…
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Reconsidering the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo

Dr. Luzma Fabiola Nava was somewhat startled by the recreational activities she witnessed on a New Mexico stretch of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo.  Arriving in the Land of Enchantment to study the Rio Grande, Nava was accustomed to rivers in places like Canada that don’t dry up. “I was very, very surprised to see the…
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Killed Border Foxconn Workers Mourned

Two Ciudad Juarez families conducted funeral preparations for loved ones who suffered tragic deaths this week. Foxconn employees German David Rodriguez Balderas, 41, and Martin Gomez Limones, 56, perished when a company-contracted bus they were riding in plunged off a cliff early on the morning of Tuesday, November 3. The accident occurred as the Joselyn…
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