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Mexico’s Armed Self-Defense Forces Surge

Questions, contradictory narratives and, above all, calls for calm energize the daily coverage and debate over the armed self-defense phenomenon sweeping parts of Mexico. For their part, corporate media outlets like Televisa play up the deployment of federal police and soldiers to the Tierra Caliente of Michoacan, one of the epi-centers of the movement, graphically…
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A Break in a Dutch Tourist’s Murder

For more than 15 years, the family of Hester van Nierop has struggled across oceans and continents for justice.  An architecture school graduate, van Nierop was traveling through Mexico when she decided to make a stop in Ciudad Juarez back in 1998. The Mexican border city was the last place the young woman would visit…
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Farming in the New Age of Drought

“Record rainfall in September brought most us nearly up to ‘normal’ annual precipitation levels, greened up the rangeland, but the rain came so hard and fast that much of it ran off,” reads part of the introduction to the upcoming New Mexico Organic Farming Conference. “Acequias were damaged and fields were buried in sediment.  And…
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The Contradictions of the California Dream

For better or worse, if something happens in California please be assured it will soon come to a neighborhood theater near you.  Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Pleasant Valley Sunday suburban sprawl, the car culture, LSD, and acid rock all launched or took hold in the Golden State. Politically, California was the birthplace of the 1960s student…
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Mexico: The Politics of a State Meltdown

As a massive federal police and military deployment gains momentum in the Mexican state of Michoacan, polemics and debate shroud the first major such operation undertaken by the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto. At stake in the campaign is not only the reassertion of state power, but also the strategic control of the Pacific…
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Border Businesses Eligible for Disaster Loans

Certain, small non-agricultural enterprises in the Paso del Norte borderland are now eligible for U.S. Small Business Administration loans because of the drought extending across the region. In an announcement, the SBA included the New Mexico county of Dona Ana and the Texas counties of El Paso and Hudspeth among the entities eligible for long-term,…
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Insecurity: The Achilles Heel of Mexican Reforms?

The security crisis in the Mexican state of Michoacan is smacking the economy, bringing higher costs,  leaving shuttered businesses, encouraging capital flight, and causing  employment reductions,  according to different reports. For instance, the Mexican Social Security Institute  reported that the violence-ridden state, where crime syndicates, self-defense groups and government security forces are in a stand-off, …
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The Rainbow Warrior Comes to Mexico

Brimming with eco-messages, Greenpeace’s flagship Rainbow Warrior visited Puerto Vallarta the second week of January.  As part of a Latin American tour aimed at raising environmental consciousness and exposing specific instances of pollution, Greenpeace members and activists from other groups spoke to the press, released a new report on toxic contamination of Mexican rivers and…
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Reviewing NAFTA and the Environment

As possible, new trade agreements stir debate on the world stage, a North American citizen advisory panel is urging that a new emphasis be placed on the ecological costs of increased trade and money flows. In a statement issued shortly before Christmas, the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), a trinational group consisting of representatives from…
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From the Editor

First of all, a very heart-felt thanks to the readers who donated during our recent fundraising campaign. Your support really makes all the difference.  If 2013 was a busy year,  2014 promises to be no less action-packed. Just a reminder that previous FNS stories can be viewed on our website at: http://fnsnews.nmsu.edu/ Articles from 2013 covered…
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