Monthly Archives: May 2009

The Life and Death of Dr. Manuel Arroyo Galvan

[datebad] The legacy of Dr. Manuel Arroyo Galvan was remembered in a large rally and march held June 3 in Ciudad Juarez. The 44-year-old sociology  and education professor and researcher for the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez (UACJ) was shot to death in broad daylight in a May 29 killing that outraged a city practically…
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Things Get Rude

[datebad from=content near=”On May 27,”] Serious enough in its own right, the Teto affair was but the opening shot of a pitched battle between Chihuahua’s two dominant political parties, the PRI and President Calderon’s conservative National Action Party (PAN). In late May, PAN congressional candidate and former Chihuahua City Mayor Juan Blanco was arrested by…
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The “Colombianization” of Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua

[datebad] A high-ranking delegation of political, business and legal leaders from Ciudad Juarez and the state of Chihuahua returned to Mexico this week after completing a May 21 trip to Colombia.  The visit netted commitments by the Colombian government to train Chihuahua police and help implement new social welfare programs. The accords cover Colombian training…
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Femicide in Baja California

[baddate] One day in May, passerby spot a woman’s body in an irrigation ditch next to a wheat field on the outskirts of Mexicali, Baja California. Though no one seems to know the identity of the murdered woman, the half-clothed victim is quickly assumed to a prostitute because of the manner of her dress. Estimated…
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Addiction to “Poor Man’s Cocaine” Reported Up in Mexican Border City

[datebad from=sources] Amid economic calamity and violent upheaval, crack cocaine use flourishes in Ciudad Juarez. While he did not disclose specific statistics, the coordinator of drug addiction treatment programs in the Mexican border city told a local reporter the number of people seeking help for addiction to the “Poor Man’s Cocaine” increased markedly during the…
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Booms and Busts in Border Agriculture

Editors Note: It’s springtime and the fields of southern New Mexico’s Dona Ana County are showing new life, sprouting the familiar patches of onions, corn and green chile, of course. The source of food and fiber for centuries, this patch of irrigated desert that runs along the Rio Grande has undergone periodic, qualitative transformations through…
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Historic Femicide Trial Gets Underway

[datebad from=http://www.newspapertree.com/news/3766-historic-femicide-trial-gets-underway] Thousands of miles and a continent away, it’s a long haul from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to Santiago, Chile. But that’s where the road to justice led Benita Monarrez, Irma Monreal and Josefina Gonzalez.  Mothers of murder victims, the three women from the Mexican border city pressed their case last week against the Mexican…
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Immigrant Activist Runs for Mexican Congress

[datebad from=sources] The swine flu might have closed Mexican schools and slowed the nation’s economy to a near standstill, but it didn’t stop the latest political campaign from getting off the ground. Although campaign kick-off events mainly proceeded last weekend without the usual bluster, candidates from Mexico’s different political parties launched their bids for positions…
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Local Fall-Out from the OAS Case

[datebad from=sources] In Ciudad Juarez and the state of Chihuahua, the Inter-American Court case reopened a huge can of worms. Purported PGJE documents leaked to El Diario newspaper, contended the Mexican government had provided generous compensation to the families of the three cotton field murder victims involved in the OAS case. In a detailed piece…
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