Category Archives: Special Report

Obama-Pena Nieto Meet Reveals Nuclear, Water, Boundary and Security Initiatives

Obama-Pena Nieto Meet Reveals Nuclear, Water, Boundary and Security Initiatives Against a backdrop of political tumult in their countries, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met July 22 in Washington, D.C., where the two leaders reaffirmed existing bilateral relationships and unveiled new joint initiatives. In Washington the day after Republican presidential…
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Report Details Failures at Border Utility

FNS Special Feature Report Details Failures at Border Utility Concerns over a southern New Mexico border utility’s capacity to manage state and federal grants for a sorely needed wastewater treatment plant prompted the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) to contract an assessment of the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority (CRRUA). Dated March 10, 2016, the…
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A Border Utility in Hot Water

A Border Utility in Hot Water Serving the southern New Mexico border communities of Sunland Park and Santa Teresa, the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority (CRRUA) is under pressure on multiple fronts. Recent revelations of above-health standard levels of arsenic (higher than 10 parts per billion) in the public utility’s water, Clean Water Act violations…
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Bloody Crackdown on Mexican Teachers Spurs Crisis

The June 19 government crackdown on striking Mexican teachers culminated in deadly violence in the southern state of Oaxaca, transforming a showdown between the Pena Nieto administration and the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) into a larger political crisis that once again cast Mexico in the international human rights spotlight. Even as the controversy…
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Trump’s Train, Shadow Mountain and NAFTA’s Deadly Highway

Paused at the intersection of 16 de Septiembre and Francisco Villa in downtown Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Carolina and her 14-year-old daughter were frustrated. As a crowd built up around the pair, a long Ferromex train rolled by on the tracks in front of the pedestrians filled with new automobiles. “We are here losing time. We…
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Easter Wars, Narco Negotiations and Tropical Tourism

As if the southern Mexican state of Guerrero didn’t have enough troubles, an obscure force is stirring up a boiling cauldron even more. As the Holy Week/Easter holiday season that draws hundreds of thousands of Mexican tourists to Guerrero was picking up, a heretofore unknown group publicly unfurled three narcomantas, or narco banners, in the…
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Truth and Justice Elusive in the Iguala/Ayotzinapa Atrocity

More than 17 months after the deadly attack on students and civilians in the Mexican city of Iguala the truth behind the atrocity and justice for the victims seem more elusive than ever. Although many people have been detained in connection with the attacks launched by police and suspected underworld gunmen, basic questions are still…
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Sanders, Trump and Mexico

The U.S. presidential election is getting close scrutiny in Mexico. Given the nature of the dependent relationship of Mexico with the United States, Mexicans tend to pay far more attention to U.S. politics than U.S. citizens do of the Mexican political world. And in 2016 the interest south of the border is running at a…
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What the Pope Missed: The Land of Tigers, Hydras and Herion

Editor’s note: On his journey to Mexico this week, Pope Francisco visited Chiapas, Mexico City, Mexico state, Morelia and Ciudad Juarez. During his stops the Pope made general references to many burning issues confronting Mexico- drug violence, human trafficking, the breakdown of the social fabric, the marginalization of the nation’s original peoples, attacks on migrants,…
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Juarez Workers March, Demand Union

Editor’s Note:  Fast food and other low-paid service industry workers conducted protests and strikes this week in nearly 300 U.S. cities. The workers, many of them immigrants, demanded an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour and union representation. Meanwhile, a similar movement deepened in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where workers in the foreign-controlled…
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