Posts tagged "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 »

Mexico elects new president

Mexico elects new president
Enrique Peña Nieto will be the next president of Mexico. Mexico held elections Sunday and brought back the PRI or Institutional Revolutionary Party. The notoriously corrupt PRI ruled Mexico for more than 71 years until they lost in 2000 when Vicente Fox of the PAN or the National Action Party took office. But after 12... Read more »

Mexican poet and activist, Javier Sicilia, brings his message to the U.S.

Mexican poet and activist, Javier Sicilia, brings his message to the U.S.
Mexican poet and activist Javier Sicilia spoke in Chicago recently about the drug war and the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico. The murder of his son last year, a victim of the drug war, has led Sicilia on an international campaign for peace. He has led a peace caravan and marches around Mexico, and he... Read more »
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If Mexico is too dangerous for tourists, why deport immigrants?

If Mexico is too dangerous for tourists, why deport immigrants?
A recent Gawker post made fun of a U.S. State Department warning about travel to Mexico. But it’s not so funny when you consider almost 50,000 people have been killed in that country’s drug war.  The Mexican government, with funding from the U.S. government, has gone after the drug lords sparking more murders impacting civil... Read more »

Peace activist killed in Mexico: Is anybody safe?

Peace activist killed in Mexico: Is anybody safe?
One question is often overlooked in the immigration debate. Is it safe to send undocumented immigrants back to their home country? In the case of Mexico there is growing cause for concern. This week a well-known peace activist was killed in the northern state of Sonora. Nepomuceno Moreno Nuñez, 56, was shot Monday afternoon as... Read more »

Día de los Muertos slideshow

Día de los Muertos slideshow
Día de los Muertos isn’t a time to mourn. But in Mexico more than 40,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006 and launched a war against the drug cartels. All who have died for whatever reason are remembered and even celebrated on November 1 and 2, All Saints’ Day... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Mexico bus travel marred by killings

I’ve ridden the bus all over Mexico. I’ve taken a bus down the curvy roads of Oaxaca, making me so dizzy that I could barely feel my feet beneath me after a six- hour ride. I’ve ridden along the coast of Jalisco going from one beach town to another. And I’ve taken the bus from... Read more »
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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 »