Category Archives: From The Editor

Dear FNS Reader

Dear FNS Reader, First of all, thanks to the readers who made donations in response to our recent fundraising appeal. Despite our modest resources and capabilities, we try to go the extra mile in getting you the news and stories that are so important in these momentous times.  And we know that, you too, can…
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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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A Border Turned Upside Down

In the Paso del Norte borderland these days, an interested observer gets the distinct impression of the world being turned upside down. And the Great Upheaval isn’t necessarily due to immigration, drugs and border security-the flashy topics media typically pounce on to paint a caricature of a complex place. Here, the issue is much more…
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U.S. Travel Advisories?

The news is horrifying. Night after night and day after day, the stories and images convey the violence. A daylight shooting on a tourist strip, the slaughter of innocent young children and mass killings in public places all are the stuff Mexican media feed to their consumers. But increasingly, the stories are about events in…
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Capitalism and Crisis in Acapulco

For more than four years, Lauro Salinas and Julian Magana have been on strike. Seated outside the dilapidated interior of Acapulco’s Tropicana club where they worked for more than 20 years, the men recalled the glory days when the club was packed with dancers swinging to the tropical grooves. Celebrities like singer-actress Veronica Castro showed…
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The Fabulous, Frightening Fall of 2012

High fall is a glorious time in New Mexico. As farmers’ markets unload the last batches of home-grown produce, the lingering aromas of fresh, roasting green chile stimulate the senses. Pumpkins, soon transformed into scary faces, hop from the farm to haunt homes. Running down the Middle Rio Grande Valley, the bosque, or river forest,…
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Stop, Frisk and Demolish in Ciudad Juarez

A friend and I had lunch in Ciudad Juarez last week. For a few bucks each, we savored different versions of sumptuous fish soup. Tasty and flavorful, the soup was as good- and much cheaper- than the same food sold in Mexican beach resorts. Feeling fine, we paid the bill and headed out the door…
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The Year of Smoke, Ashes and Rebellion

Editor‘s Note: Frontera NorteSur is generally loathe to join the annual media ritual of regurgitating the year’s stories and classifying them in order of importance. The editor will make no such arbitrary  judgments, but by any measure 2011 was an extraordinary year and some  reflection seems called for at this time. So in the spirit…
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Oakland, Drug Kingpin Strategies and COINTELPRO Reborn

A friend and I were having a conversation when he raised the issue of why the US never seems to detain its own big drug lords. I held that control of the US drug market was more diffuse, less centralized than in places like Mexico, where big traffickers come to dominate entire regions and even…
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