Posts in category "drug war"

Javier Sicilia's Caravan for Peace arrives in Chicago

Javier Sicilia's Caravan for Peace arrives in Chicago
Mexican poet and activist Javier Sicilia will bring his peace caravan to Chicago Sunday through Tuesday. Sicilia has visited Chicago before. But this visit is part of a month-long  U.S. tour that kicked off Aug. 12 in San Diego and will end in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 12. Sicilia’s son was killed last year in... Read more »

"Reportero" documentary in Chicago this weekend

"Reportero" documentary in Chicago this weekend
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist. A new documentary, “Reportero,” shows the courage of the journalists at one Tijuana newspaper. It is playing in Chicago this weekend and the film’s director, Bernardo Ruiz, will speak about his work. The documentary chronicles the murder of Hector Felix Miranda, a columnist,... Read more »

Immigration and the drug war: alternative viewpoints

Two recent news reports break stereotypes and shed light on solutions for two problems facing Mexico and the United States- the drug war and immigration. In an article in the New York Times journalist Damien Cave reports that fewer Mexicans are immigrating to the United States illegally. They are a few key reasons. One is... Read more »
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Poet Javier Sicilia leads peace caravan in Mexico

Javier Sicilia A poet is speaking out against the drug war in Mexico. Javier Sicilia, who lost his son to Mexico’s violence, led a peace caravan this week to the border city of Ciudad Juarez. An estimated 40,000 people have been killed as a result of the drug war since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took... Read more »

El Nogalar tells story of class and corruption through Mexico's drug war

The drug war in Mexico is constantly in the headlines. A new play written by Tanya Saracho explores how this drug war impacts an upper middle class Mexican family. El Nogalar is playing one more week at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. El Nogalar, or The Pecan Orchard, was inspired by Anton Chekhov’s classic, The... Read more »

Let's talk about Sarah Palin, Highland Park and Arizona's immigration law

Sarah Palin doesn’t get it. While visiting Chicago this week she attacked Arizona’s new immigration law and the decision of Highland Park High School to cancel the girl’s basketball team’s trip to Arizona. “Wait, I thought it was already a crime for an illegal alien (to be here),” Palin said to cheers in a speech... Read more »
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Will the National Guard help fight the drug war?

The  Obama Administration is considering sending 1,500 National Guard troops to the border to help fight the drug war, according to published reports. It would ask for National Guard volunteers to work at the border for no more than a year. But there are concerns that this is a step toward militarizing the border.  In... Read more »