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Higher Border Sales Tax Opposed

Mexican business leaders in the northern border region are mobilizing against an increase in sales taxes that could result from a looming tax reform. In a petition to their federal government, the presidents of 12 border area chambers of commerce argue against a possible sales tax hike on the grounds that it would harm local…
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Sunland Park’s Missing Minutes

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office (AG) has reaffirmed its dismissal of a citizen complaint against a former administration of the border city of Sunland Park, New Mexico. Filed by resident Ken Giove, the complaint raised more questions about the extent of previous, alleged electoral hanky panky as well as the mystery of important government…
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Outrage Follows Migrant Deaths in Arizona

The deaths of three young men in the Arizona desert last month have prompted Mexican non-governmental organizations to renew demands for actions and changes from the Mexican and U.S. governments. In a statement signed by scores of human rights, migrant, labor, civic, and faith-based organizations, the groups demanded meaningful policy shifts at a time when…
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Mass Food Poisoning at Border Factories

For the second time in less than a month, a suspected case of mass food poisoning at a border assembly plant was reported in the media.  On Wednesday, July 10, between 50- 100 workers and administrative personnel at a Robert Bosch plant in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez reportedly came down with vomiting,…
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20 Years of Border Femicide

Editor’s note: Part one in a series about border gender violence. Today’s article was made possible in part by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council. FNS Special Feature With a warm smile beaming across her face, Ana Alarcon recalls waiting for her daughter Esmeralda at the bus stop every day. In the proud…
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The Coconut Massacre

Mexico’s long bout of violence has introduced many new words into the popular vernacular. Among the linguistic additions is the word “youthcide,’ meaning the systematic, mass killing of young people. A recent slaughter in the southern state of Guerrero could be a textbook example of the ongoing loss of young lives from violence. On Friday,…
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New Mexico’s Apocalyptic Summer

A drive through the Land of Enchantment in the early days of summer has been a hazy and futuristic journey into a land of dust, smoke and ash. Skies dimmed by wildfires in the Santa Fe, Jemez and Gila forests are streaked by ashen clouds rising from canyons and spreading into the horizon. Haze from…
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Mexico’s Rich Flourish

A Great Recession? Not for Mexico’s rich. In fact, the number of people in the Mexican Republic defined as wealthy by the corporate research outfit WealthInsight  grew by almost a third between  late 2007 and late 2012, a time when high unemployment and hard times had most people scrambling to make ends meet. According to…
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Clowns, Cats and Corpses: Mexican Elections 2013

Though downplayed by the international press, strategic state and local elections will be held this summer in 14 Mexican states. The northern border states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Tamaulipas are among the entities where voters will go to the polls in uncertain numbers. As the July 7 election day creeps closer, the political…
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Border Leaders Slam Militarization

As was predicted, the procedural vote on moving forward the Hoeven-Corker amendment to the U.S. Senate’s immigration reform bill passed by a hefty majority (67-27) on Monday, June 24, paving the way for final approval of the legislation. “I repeat, we will complete this project before the (July 4) recess,” Senate Majority leader Harry Reid…
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