Category Archives: Tamaulipas

Border Narco War Returns

In the northern Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, the spring of 2014 was ushered in with blood in the streets.  Drawing in different factions of organized crime groups and the Mexican army, a multi-sided conflict has left dozens dead, paralyzed cities, emptied schools, shuttered businesses, and frightened residents into staying home. A bomb that exploded…
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Migrants, Homeless Face Eviction

Officials in the northern Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo are expected to evict homeless residents of the downtown quarter soon. Juan Ernesto Rivera Gomez, civil protection director, said the operation will proceed with the participation of the local fire department and Tamaulipas state police. Rivera said between 30 and 40 men have erected a…
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Border Coal Battles Continue

Mexican and U.S. opponents of a planned new open surface coal mine on the Texas-Tamaulipas border rallied August 10 on an international bridge between Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Engaging in a “friendship hug” at the international line dividing their two countries, the border residents vowed to press ahead with a long-running battle…
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Border Governor on PR Offensive

In the United States, it is unusual for a state government to take to the national airwaves and pitch its perceived accomplishments in costly spots. But in Mexico, as power diffuses from the federal to the state level, it is becoming more common for state governments to aim for national audiences in publicizing their purported…
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The Demon Highways of Tamaulipas

In widely separated parts of Mexico, many people ask the same troubling question: Are our loved ones among the 145 dead found in the mass graves near San Fernando, Tamaulipas? That’s been the question tearing at families in San Pedro Pochutla, a town in the southern state of Oaxaca. Last summer, ten townspeople set off…
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Mexico Moves on BP

[datebad] As the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster approached its second month, high-ranking Mexican officials revealed this week they will seek money from British Petroleum. Tamaulipas Governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores, whose state bordering Texas is located to the southwest of the gushing Deepwater Horizon well operated by British Petroleum off the Louisiana coast, said his…
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The Border’s “Agent Orange” Controversy

[datebad] In the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed vast tracts of land with the chemical defoliant Agent Orange as part of a counter-insurgency strategy aimed at removing forest cover for Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces. Although the toxic dioxin released by Agent Orange was later blamed by US veterans’ groups and Vietnamese officials…
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New Cartel War Erupts

[datebad] A long-simmering conflict between drug cartels exploded into violence in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas bordering Texas last week. Shoot-outs, explosions, kidnappings and reports of large convoys with armed men freely roaming streets rattled a broad swath of the state, especially in the area stretching from Reynosa south to Matamoros known as the “Little…
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A Private Bridge Crosses the Border

[datebad] Amid much fanfare, a new bridge over the Rio Grande was christened this week between Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and Mission, Texas. Estimated to cost in the ballpark of $100 million, the Mexican-built structure will connect traffic from hundreds of maquiladora plants to destinations in the US. Opened for light traffic last month, the new Anzalduas…
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A Border City’s High Risk Pregnancies

[datebad] Despite seeing some gains in adolescent pregnancy rates, a Mexican border physician is concerned about what he considers an elevated number of high risk pregnancies and deliveries. Dr. Humberto Tanguma, assistant director of the Nuevo Laredo Women’s Hospital, said teenagers comprise a high percentage of cesarean section births attended by his institution. Of 2,000…
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