Category Archives: El Paso, Ciudad Juarez & Chihuahua

Mass Food Poisoning at Border Factories

For the second time in less than a month, a suspected case of mass food poisoning at a border assembly plant was reported in the media.  On Wednesday, July 10, between 50- 100 workers and administrative personnel at a Robert Bosch plant in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez reportedly came down with vomiting,…
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Border Residents Lack Services 20 Years after NAFTA

Work proceeds in downtown El Paso on a $50 million baseball stadium that will be erected where City Hall was demolished on April 14. Set for completion by next year, the minor league ballpark is envisioned as a central element in a revitalized downtown where leisure, shopping and entertainment will be the name of the…
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A Crisis in Border Farming

The land has long produced a basket of delights. Wine grapes, chile and cotton have all thrived in the Juarez Valley bordering Texas. Nowadays, though, farming is in flux-battered by drought, urbanization and other adverse forces. Statistics recently published by El Diario de Juarez newspaper documented the decline of and changes in regional agriculture since…
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The Blood of the Sierra

As  2012 draws to a close, violence is down from previous months and years in the northern Mexican urban centers of Chihuahua City and Ciudad Juarez. But in several rural zones of Chihuahua state, drug-related mayhem is on the rise. A major flashpoint is in the Sierra Tarahumara, the mountainous region internationally renowned for the…
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A Visual Journey into the Heart and Soul of Ciudad Juarez

In recent pieces, FNS has mentioned the revitalization project that is underway in the historic downtown of Ciudad Juarez. The state-city plan moves forward, with workmen now engaged in constructing a controversial train tunnel/underpass. Long-time border activist and independent filmmaker Richard Boren has captured images of a changing downtown and some of the people who…
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OAS Human Rights Commission Demands Protection for Activists

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has requested that the Mexican government protect seven Chihuahua rural activists who are spearheading  movements against water over-exploitation and mining. The request was issued in favor of leaders of El Barzon, an organization of small farmers founded in the 1990s, and followed the murder of El Barzon activist…
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Coffee, Culture and Recovery in Ciudad Juarez

As Ciudad Juarez lurches ahead in an uncertain recovery from years of extreme violence and economic decline, signs of renewed night life are stirring in the northern Mexican border city. Especially in the Pronaf and Gomez Morin zones, new bars and clubs, known as antros in Mexican lingo, are open for business. And across the…
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Occupy the Railroad: Mexico Water Conflict Flares

For the second time in less than two weeks, farmers have blocked the railroad that runs south of Ciudad Juarez in an intensifying protest against the over exploitation of water. As many as four hundred farmers from the north-central and northwestern parts of Chihuahua state began staging a camp-in September 12  at the Ferromex railway…
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International Bank Considers Ciudad Juarez Redevelopment Loan

Representatives of the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)  scouted out downtown Ciudad Juarez last week in anticipation of a possible loan package. The tour was promoted by the Chihuahua state and Ciudad Juarez municipal governments as part of a $50 million investment drive to revive the Mexican border city’s long decaying downtown core. The visit’s…
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Court Upholds Indigenous Rights

In a little-noticed decision with possible national repercussions, Mexico’s high court has come out in favor of an indigenous community in the state of Chihuahua. In a ruling publicized this month, Mexican Supreme Court justices determined that the community of Huitosachi has a right to participate in the decision-making of the Copper Canyon Trust Fund,…
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