Category Archives: El Paso, Ciudad Juarez & Chihuahua

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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Juarez, Mexico Mourn a Cultural Giant

The Divo of Juarez is dead. Alberto Aguilera Valadez, better known by the artistic name of Juan Gabriel, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 28, in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 66. According to the first news reports, the famous Mexican singer-composer died of a heart attack. Gabriel gave his last concert this past…
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Turbulent Times Shake Chihuahua

  Gasoline shortages. Blockades of international bridges. Citizens protesting in the streets about everything under the moon and the stars. Such developments are not necessarily directly connected, but they do add up to an increasingly explosive socio-politico ambiance in the northern Mexican border state of Chihuahua during a delicate political transition. Protests, sit-ins and even…
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The Myth of Al Capone in Juarez

Have you heard of the time Al Capone visited Juarez? The story of Al Capone crossing the international bridge in a motorcade to visit Juárez is often resurrected, usually in the Juárez and El Paso Spanish language press and on the Internet, and boasts of Juarez’s draw to one of the United States’ most notorious…
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Juarez Women’s Mural Vandalized

Juarez Women’s Mural Vandalized Parents of missing young women in Ciudad Juarez are expressing outrage over the desecration of a mural dedicated to their daughters. Located in the heart of the downtown zone where many young women and girls have gone missing since the 1990s, the wall mural at Francisco Villa and Vicente Guerrero was…
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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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Lucha Libre Alive and Well in Juarez

On a recent sweltering Sunday afternoon in Ciudad Juarez, loud surf rock music emanating from a sound system set a suspenseful mood for the showdown to follow. While a gathering crowd waited anxiously for the big moment, children bounced around the roped ring mounted at the foot of the Benito Juarez Monument. Finally, the kids…
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FNS Photo Essay: Our Border 2015: Juarez Summer

Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur is proud to be based in the Paso del Norte, a historic region which encompasses two countries and three states. In the first of a series of photo essays, we take a visual tour of the Ciudad Juarez side of the border. Snapped for posterity one summer day of 2015, this…
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Border Wells Drying Up

A groundwater crisis is literally deepening in the Juarez Valley across from Texas. Mexican officials report that wells drilled to a depth of about 400 feet are drying up or producing poor quality water, forcing users to contemplate drilling new wells of depths of 750 feet or more. Gabriel Urteaga Nunez, municipal president of Guadalupe,…
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Wage Theft Forum in El Paso

Readers in the El Paso area might be interested in checking out an upcoming forum on the persistent problem of wage theft. Sponsored by El Paso’s Social Justice Education Forums, the event is scheduled to take place on Saturday morning, June 6. Speakers will include Lily Limon, District 7 City Council Rep, and Eric Murillo,…
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