Friday, September 03, 2010
Soldiers in Mexico killed 27 suspected cartel members in a raid and gun battle near the U.S. border. Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, insists that this fighting is crucial to ending the drug war in that country. "I'm completely conscious that during this last year, the problem of violence has worsened. This is fundamentally because there is an even bloodier war between organized criminal groups in their battle for territory, markets and routes," said Calderon.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A middle-class ex-high school football star named Edgar Valdez Villarreal has long been in the sights of authorities, who allege Villarreal is one of the most successful drug traffickers in Mexico. On Monday, federal police caught Villarreal, a.k.a. "La Barbie," after an intense manhunt that lasted a year and saw the cooperation of Mexican and U.S. authorities.
What Was The "Restoring Honor" Rally All About?; Concussions in Children and Adolescents; More on Income Inequality; Eliza Griswold on "The Tenth Parallel"
Monday, August 30, 2010
Examining Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C., and what it means for American politics; exploring the relationship between New York City's Muslim community and the NYPD since 9/11; a look ahead to what'll be making the news this week; the danger of concussions in children and adolescents; a continuing look into the possible link between income inequality and financial crises; examining whether the Tea Party is taking a religious turn; more on the Chilean miners, and being trapped with your co-workers; Mexico to begin discussing the legalization of Marijuana in the wake of ongoing drug-related violence; journalist Eliza Griswold talks about her new book "The Tenth Parallel."
Monday, August 30, 2010
Earlier this month, former Mexican president Vicente Fox wrote that Mexico should consider legalizing drugs and current president Felipe Calderon has called for a debate on the idea. More than 28,000 people have died in Mexico in drug-related violence over the last 3 years.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Jesus Ochoa, 75, was born in El Paso, Texas, where he has lived nearly all his life. As a young boy, he recalls stuffing his pockets with a $5 bill, picking up his friends and heading just a few miles south to Juarez, Mexico. Every Saturday, he visited the neighboring city to get a haircut, get his shoes shined and eat mariscos (seafood). When he graduated from high school, Juarez was where he and his classmates went to celebrate - something he calls a "rite of passage" for kids in his school.
Friday, July 30, 2010
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous countries for the press. More than 30 journalists have been killed or disappeared in the country since President Felipe Calderón was elected in 2006.
Four Mexican journalists are still missing after being kidnapped Monday by alleged members of a drug cartel. Three of the missing journalists are television cameramen, while one is a newspaper reporter. They were were all kidnapped after reportedly photographing a protest at Gómez Palacio prison, in the state of Durango. The protests came on the heels of the arrest of Margarita Rojas, the head of the prison, who is accused of allowing armed prisoners to leave the prison and carry out a mass killing a week earlier.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Arizona's controversial immigration law will come into effect tomorrow, unless a federal judge says otherwise. We take a look across the border to Loma Buenavista, Mexico. Sixty percent of the town's population is thought to have crossed the border into Arizona. The 800-person town depends on residents' relatives in the U.S. to send money back home; if their relatives leave, the town stands to be significantly affected by this new law.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Prisoners in a Mexican jail were let out at night in order to perform murder-for-hire jobs. Three massacres have occurred in the city of Torreon, killing 35 people, including 17 who were killed at a birthday party last week. The attacks reveal the high level of corruption in the country. David Cuen, reporter for BBC Mundo, has the details.
Monday, July 12, 2010
On Friday, in federal court, The League of United Latin American Citizens filed a suit against Arizona’s controversial immigration law. The lawsuit is the seventh to have been filed against the state since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed S.B. 1070 into law on April 23rd. This suit objects to the guidelines themselves, saying that they welcome officers to question someone’s legal status based on “vague and ill-defined factors."
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Late last month, Mexican singer Sergio Vega was found shot to death on a highway in Sinaloa. No official motive has been determined, but many are speculating he was killed because of his music. Vega was a singer of “narcocorridos” – Mexican ranchera songs with lyrics about the drug trade – and he’s only the latest of a dozen such singers to be murdered in recent years.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
The late Mexican musician Sergio Vega specialized in writing ballads that glamorized the exploits of drug lords. He was recently gunned down as he drove to a concert in the western state of Sinaloa. Today, we look at the musical style known as “narcocorridos” and the blurry line between fact and fiction. Also, Tijuana's electronica icons Nortec Collective fuse folk music with dance floor beats.
Monday, July 05, 2010
Few voters turned out to vote for hundreds of mayoral and local deputy candidates on Sunday during Mexico's midterm elections. Analysts attribute the low turnout to drug cartel voter intimidation. Gangs allegedly hung four bodies from bridges in Mexico City ahead of the elections.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Since Mexico's President Felipe Calderón took office in December 2006, nearly 23,000 people have been killed as a result of the drug war that has engulfed many parts of the nation, and June might end up being the country's most violent month to date. Just this past weekend, the mayor of Guadelupe was shot and killed in front of his wife and child. And the violence just keeps getting worse.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tension is growing along the American border with Mexico after a U.S. border agent shot and killed a 15-year-old Mexican boy on Monday evening. The incident, which took place near the El Paso border crossing, is complicated by the fact that U.S. authorities, Mexican authorities and eyewitnesses all tell different accounts of the incident. The U.S. says the teen was with a group of youths who threw rocks at border agents while they were trying to arrest two illegal migrants. Mexican authorities have condemned the shooting, calling it excessive use of force.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
By Arwa Gunja
For the first time in U.S. history, women have become the majority in the workforce. And Tuesday’s primary elections showed us that women can dominate in politics too. In California, Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman both won their Republican nominations for Senate and governor, respectively. Sen. Blanche Lincoln secured the Democratic ticket in Arkansas. Plus Nikki Haley was victorious in South Carolina. The Washington Post’s website is leading with a headline that suggests this may be the “year of the women.” Hanna Rosin wrote a piece for The Atlantic titled, "The End of Men." Politics aside, who has it easier in America today – men or women?
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Tonight the most talented young writers and artists in America will gather on stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, where they will be awarded at the Scholastic Art and Writing’s Portfolio Gold Award.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Mexico City's mayor, Marcelo Ebrard announced recently that he will run for president of Mexico in the 2012 elections. As mayor, he's been battling the drug cartels, while also trying to improve his city's economy. He's also tasked with helping to curb the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States. He will surely have to tackle these issues on the campaign trail, and he faces those questions with us first.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
As part of Mexico at 200, Q2's exploration of the past two centuries of Mexican symphonic music, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas conductor and New York native Alondra de la Parra examines the birth of contemporary Mexican music by presenting those living composers who have already sewn their distinctive styles into the fabric of Mexican culture.