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NAFTA’s Bad Apples

Facing ruin, apple producers in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua are mulling an anti-dumpring complaint against U.S. imports. Ricardo Marquez Prieto, president of the Chihuahua Regional Union of Fruit Growers, charged that unfair competition from Mexico’s partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) threatens the viability of the local apple industry, which…
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A Line under the Parrot’s Nest

Nestled off the Acapulco-Zihuatanejo highway in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, shade blankets the village entrance to San Miguelito like a soothing layer of relief from the incessant tropical sun. On a recent day,  men snacked on freshly-shaken fruit under a sentry post of tall trees, where a quiet parrot’s nest protruded from one…
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The Fall of El Chapo

Less than three days after the summit of North American leaders, the government of Mexican  President Enrique Pena Nieto has its biggest plum to date: the capture of wanted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Contrary to speculation that the elusive Guzman was hiding in Central America or the outback of Mexico’s Sierra Madres, the…
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The Deportee Chronicles: Life After Diesel Therapy

Editor’s note: The second in a series of articles about the lives of U.S. deportees living in Mexico. Fernando Santos’  life these days doesn’t exactly fit his old nickname:“Drifter.” Instead of wandering the land, the former U.S. resident takes care of others who answer the call of the road at the budget hotel he manages…
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Women’s Murders, Justice and Corruption in New Mexico

New Mexico History Since 2009, Frontera NorteSur has followed the story of 11 murdered women and girls found in a common burial site on the West Mesa of Albuquerque, New Mexico. February 2 marked the fifth anniversary of the discovery. Although there has been much talk and speculation about who is responsible for the killings,…
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Mexico Medical Tourism Thrives

Price. Quality. Technology. That was the triple message Dr. Octavio Gonzalez had for attendees of the Medical Matters 2014 conference held earlier this week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The veteran dentist was among dozens of exhibitors at an event catering to expatriates, snowbirds and tourists in the Mexican coastal city. Gonzalez estimated that 95 percent…
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The Deportee Chronicles: The Girl from Guajajalmiton

Editor’s Note: More than 768,000  people were deported from the United States during 2012 and  2013  alone.  While mass media coverage of the ongoing immigration debate focuses on events in Washington and other parts of the United States, little attention has been paid to the lives of people in Mexico and other counties who have…
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Mexico Chucks Test Bonuses, National Exam

A controversial, national student test is now history in Mexico. Accompanied by other federal officials, Education Secretary Emilio Chuayfett announced this week that the ENLACE exam will be discontinued, as well as the policy of financially compensating educators and students for good test results.  In a press conference, Chuayfett said ENLACE was plagued with improper…
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The New Free Trade Fever

20 years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, little interest has been shown until now by the governments of the signatory countries for reopening the trade pact. But a similar agreement between Mexico and the European Union, signed in 1997 and enacted in 2000, is under review and could be…
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Deportees and Refugees Crowd Migrant Shelters

Like 20 years ago, migrants still come to Tijuana in need of food, warmth and a place to rest their heads. But in important respects, the circumstances of newcomers have changed at two Roman Catholic Church-supported shelters in the northern Mexican border city. Unlike the days of two decades past, when virtually all of the…
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