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Humanizing Victims of Mexico's Violence

Al Jazeera

Tens of thousands of people are killed, raped or murdered every year in Mexico. A growing number of communities are trying to make the public realize that the victims are people and not just statistics.

Mexico Indigenous Community Takes Police Hostage, After 'Paramilitary' Ambush


Residents of the town of Cheran in Michoacan, west Mexico, briefly kidnapped 16 police officers to demand an investigation into illegal logging in their community, following a clash between locals and a "paramilitary force" which left eight dead.

Does AA Really Work? A Round-Up of Recent Studies

The Fix

Scores of studies have tried to analyze the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous. But statistics about the group's success rates are contradictory and often surprising.

The 5 Dumbest Things the US Has Said About Mexico's Drug War

Despite campaign promises to scale back the war on drugs, Obama has been a hardliner since the first day of his administration. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the talking points the Obama administration has used to justify its proxy war with Mexico's drug traffickers.

Greater Vigilance Along Border has Not Improved Security


The substantial increase in funds, personnel and monitoring equipment along the U.S. border with Mexico has not improved national security and is causing a growing humanitarian crisis, according to a study released Thursday.

What an Ex-DEA Official Gets Wrong About Mexico

In Sight

A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official says Mexico's next head of state should escalate President Felipe Calderon's fight against organized crime, but he addresses none of the justifiable sources of criticism of Calderon's approach.

In Time of Drought, Mexico's Tarahumara Turn to Tradition

New America Media

"Corima." For the more than sixty thousand Tarahumara Indians living in the high Sierra's of northern Mexico, the expression connotes sharing, a tradition borne more of necessity than charity. It is also a reminder of the drought that is proving to be one of Mexico's worst dry seasons in recent memory.

Gay Activists Protest Annulment of Marriages in Cancun


Gay rights groups have launched a campaign to protest the annulment of two same-sex marriages performed last November in the Mexican Caribbean resort city of Cancun.

Mexican Seeds, the New Spoils for Food Corporations

Inter Press Service

Biodiversity and small and medium farms are threatened in Mexico by the looming approval of a reform of the law on plant varieties that will extend patent rights over seeds, activists and experts warn.

Can 80 Percent of Mexicans be Poor? The Debate over Poverty

Council on Foreign Relations

So how should we define who is and isn't poor? The World Bank includes everyone that earns more than two dollars a day; an expansive view that likely rings false for those scraping by just above this bare minimum.

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