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Versus Debates: End the War on Drugs?

Versus Debates

The Versus debate organized by Intelligence Squared is over. Richard Branson, Russell Brand, Julian Assange, Eliott Spitzer, Vincente Fox, and many more, locked horns on the age-defining question - should end the war on drugs.

El Paso Gives Refuge to Mexican Human Rights Defenders


El Paso, one of the safest US cities, now hosts a growing number of human rights activists seeking to escape persecution in Ciudad Juarez, Mexicos most deadly city just across the border.

In Mexico, Art and Philanthropy Respond to Violence


Musicians, writers, poets, visual artists and commentators use art and creativity to help mitigate the growing violence in Mexico.

Reportero: Film Highlights Dangers of Journalists in Mexico

The US Open Borders

Bernardo Ruiz new documentary, Reportero, takes us to Tijuana to visit the journalists at the scrappy weekly Zeta newspaper as they cope with the daily dangers of uncovering the illicit ties between power, money and drugs in Mexicos largest border city.

Mexico Middle Class is Becoming Its Majority

The Washington Post

Although many Mexicans and their neighbors to the north still imagine a country of downtrodden masses dominated by a wealthy elite, the swelling ranks of the middle class are crowding new Wal-Marts, driving Nissan sedans and maxing out their Banamex credit cards.

Fast and Furious Investigation Stonewalled by DOJ

Charlotte City Buzz Examiner

Since January 2011, Senator Grassley and Congressman Issa have been stonewalled by US Attorney General Holder and by other people in the US Justice Department regarding the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. This deadly operation let thousands of weapons from the United States into Mexico.

The Other Immigration Problem: Gringos in Baja

OnEarth Magazine

This time of year, Hwy. 1 has a steady flow of gringos crossing the border and heading south. Few gringos stop in the arid mountains. But with gold at record prices, mining industry scouts have taken the time to recon the El Triunfo and San Antonio area to sniff out any precious metals left in those mountains.

Mothers of Ciudad Juarez Search for Missing Daughters


Nearly two decades after the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez first gained notoriety for the slayings of young female factory workers, scenes of mothers searching the desert or the municipal morgue for their slain or kidnapped daughters remain commonplace.

Can Mexican Environmental Agency Protect Coastline?


The Cabo Cortes megaproject is planned for the area near Cabo Pulmo on the eastern side of the Baja California Peninsula. Cabo Pulmo, a village of about 120 people, is on the edge of the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. The area is a semi-arid area, where water provision is a serious challenge.

The Poverty of Nations

Why is Mexico poorer than the United States? In Why Nations Fail, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson blame the encomienda, the Spanish imposed system as a means of extracting tribute from the local population after the defeat of the Aztec empire in 1521.

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