Category Archives: Politics

Fiction, Fantasy and Reality Blur in Mexico’s Narcodrama

In many of the transcendental stories of Mexico, fiction, fantasy and reality cross paths, intertwine and create a whole other story. Something along these lines is happening with the January 8 recapture of escaped drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. Basking in the glow of triumph and congratulated heartily by Washington…
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Mexican Leaders Demand Freedom for Students, Self-Defense Commander

Widespread protests are sweeping the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan and beyond in the wake of the federal government’s imprisonment of 52 rural student teachers. The students from the Cheran Indigenous Normal School, 32 men and 20 women, were arrested Monday, December 7, following a confrontation with Michoacan state police at the Ziruahen highway toll…
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The Storms of September Whistle Across Generations

There is something about September in Mexico. September 16, of course, is the country’s day of national independence, honoring the date in 1810 when the priest Miguel Hidalgo rallied the downtrodden to rise up against Spanish rule. September is also marked by semi-official and unofficial commemorations that convey timeless messages, ideas, impressions and lessons, both…
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Lopez Obrador Back on the Battlefield

Like an old warhorse that won’t surrender, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is back on the battlefield.  On a national tour connected to the 2015 mid-term elections, the two-time presidential candidate (2006 and 2012) is once again criss-crossing Mexico with his message of hope and change. This year, however, Lopez Obrador is on the campaign stump…
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Goodbye, Lupe Reyes! Hello, Obama!

The grueling, nearly month-long Mexican holiday season known as Guadalupe Reyes, or Lupe Reyes, has finally concluded. On January 6, Three King’s Day, the final act was played out when children got presents and slices of the Rosca de Reyes sweet cake were consummed along with the traditional atole drink. The “lucky” eaters, who had…
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The Revolution of Lupe Reyes

Special Report The central Mexican city of Aguascalientes is perhaps typical this time of year. Beginning on December 12, Virgin of Guadalupe Day, Mexico’s long holiday season cranks up in a steaming barrage of rockets, tamales, Aztec dancers and a honking bus caravan that bears portraits of the national icon. Nicknamed Lupe Reyes, the festivities…
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Mexico’s Civic Insurgency

Editor’s Note: Our continuing coverage of the crisis in Mexico sparked by the government killings and disappearances of students and civilians in Iguala, Guerrero, last September.   In a little more than two months, the movement for justice for the murdered and disappeared students of the Ayotizinapa rural teaching college in Mexico has transformed from…
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The Blazing Ashes of Ayotzinapa

Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur’s continued coverage of the crisis in Mexico triggered by the Iguala Massacre and forced disappearance of students.   In late 2014 Mexico there is one word that captures the socio-political reality: Ayotzinapa. From border to border and from coast to coast, the crisis triggered by the September 26-27 police killings and…
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Mexico’s Days of Love and Rage

Editor’s Note:  Given the gravity of the events surrounding the government/cartel killings and  forced disappearances of students and civilians in Iguala, Mexico, on September 26 and 27 of this year, Frontera NorteSur is devoting special coverage to the growing repercussions of the Iguala Massacre, which some observers now compare in its possible impact on Mexican…
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Rage and Fury Sweep Mexico, the World: Justice for Ayotzinapa

Swelling outrage over a police massacre and the forced disappearance of scores of students swept Mexico and the world this week.Tens of thousands of demonstrators demanded justice for six people killed September 26 and 27  by municipal police officers and paramilitary gunmen in Iguala, Guerrero, as well as the safe return of 43 Mexican students…
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