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Half of world's most violent cities are in Mexico

After three years in first place, Juarez, Mexico, may have slipped to second place this year. But the border town and several of Mexico's other cities still remain among the most violent.... Read more»1

Mexican security forces unable to reduce kidnappings

Mexico’s security forces have been unable to reduce the number of kidnappings for ransom across the country despite many arrests and deaths of gangsters, according to new government figures.... Read more»

Mexican news

Roundup: A look south of the border

A roundup of news coverage from the Mexican side of the border: Gringos causing trouble, holiday observances, Mexicans in Canada, and Anonymous vs. Los Zetas.... Read more»3

Mexico cartels extend U.S. reach

Mexican cartels have long operated in the United States and forged ties on a smaller level with American gangs, using them to sell drugs on street corners. A report by the National Drug Intelligence Center said that Mexican cartels already operate in more than 1,000 U.S. cities — or almost every urban area in the United States.... Read more»1

What's different about the border economy in Texas?

On the national stage, Texas' economy is its best selling point. But this so-called "Texas Miracle" doesn't extend statewide: In the border region, unemployment reaches as high as 13.2 percent, and the median income is 30 percent lower than the statewide average. ... Read more»

Mexican consulate warns cartels may target border ports

The U.S. Consulate is warning U.S. citizens that new information suggests cartels may be targeting ports of entry, consulate employees and “the public in general” in response to a crackdown on criminal gangs in Ciudad Juárez by the Mexican military.... Read more»

The loneliness of El Diario of Juárez

Reporters in Juárez cover 8 murders a day—the result of the Mexican border city's drug war. Neither editors nor reporters are trained or protected against the horror that took over their trade without a warning.... Read more»

Despite violence, manufacturing in Juárez climbing

While the killings and threats of extortion have forced thousands of retail businesses in Juárez to close and tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes, the vibrancy of the city's manufacturing industry is due to what is and has always been the bottom line: money.... Read more»

Will arrest of cartel kingpin stem violence in Juárez?

While the Mexican government congratulates itself for the arrest of an reputed mastermind behind the high-profile slaying of two employees of the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez, U.S. officials are saying little.... Read more»

Mexican business leaders band together in Texas

Mexican professionals are networking in El Paso as a result of the violence that's ravaged its sister city across the border. "A lot of us had to leave and take our business and find another market," says the founder of the "LaRED" business group.... Read more»

Mexican president tours Juárez

Mexican President Felipe Calderón's visit to the beleagured border city Ciudad Juárez was marked with hope and frustration.... Read more»


Mayor of mayhem: New leader for embattled Juárez

Héctor "Teto" Murguía Lardizábal took the helm of the troubled Mexican border city Sunday from former mayor José Reyes Ferriz. Juárez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, is embroiled in a war among drug cartels and law enforcement that has resulted in more than 6,600 murders since 2008.... Read more»

Despite murdered reporters, Mexican paper presses on

"What do you want from us?" It's an odd question for a newspaper to ask of the people it covers. But when those people have an arsenal rivaling an army — and no reservations about murdering journalists to keep them from doing their jobs — a paper's role leading the public conversation takes on a different and deadly dynamic.... Read more»

The optimist club

Mexico not a failed state, ambassadors say

Along the border, the beheadings and bombings carried out by drug cartels are drawing comparisons to murders by Muslim extremists — not surprising, given the war-like death toll of 8,100 so far this year in Mexico. Yet diplomats from both sides reject the notion that Mexico is a "failed state."... Read more»1

Texas border group urges Congress to rethink Guard deployment

Border activists are hurling a last-minute plea at Congress to rethink deployment of additional National Guard troops to the region. Two hundred fifty soldiers are scheduled to arrive on the Texas-Mexico border Sunday.... Read more»

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