Posts tagged "Felipe Calderon"

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 »

Narcobloqueos make it dangerous to deport immigrants to Mexico

Snowmaggedon 2011. Protests and attacks on journalists in Egypt. These have been the two main headlines capturing our attention with the Snowtormenta stranding some of us at home this week. But there is news in the rest of the world. A friend of mine in Guadalajara, Mexico, sent me a link to a story that... Read more »

Obama mentions DREAM Act and immigration in the State of the Union; President should halt deportations as it's too dangerous to send immigrants to Mexico

In President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night he didn’t mention the DREAM Act by name but he alluded to it. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens. Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions... Read more »

Murder of Chicago-based diplomat Jaime Almonte Borja makes me question my own safety as I travel in Mexico

I’ve been off the radar the last week or so driving around Mexico. Puerto Vallarta. Photo by Teresa Puente. I celebrated New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta where I watched fireworks on the beach. I visited some beach towns north of there called Sayulita and Chacala and also travelled to the Costa Alegre or the... Read more »

Mexican President Felipe Calderon's visit brings attention to Arizona immigration law, the drug war and even Rick Bayless

Photo from Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon was in Washington, D.C. for a two-day visit with his wife and First Lady Margarita Zavala. You probably heard Rick Bayless was the chef for the official state dinner. And you also may have heard how the normally flawless Lynn Sweet mistakenly reported that Bayless Tweeted from inside... Read more »

Shakira is the latest to protest Arizona's immigration law

The protests against Arizona’s immigration law continue. Pop star Shakira is the latest to join the protest. She is actually going to Arizona Thursday and will meet with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, who also has criticized the new law that will result in racial profiling of Latinos. Phoenix Vice Mayor Michael Nowakowski  will escort Shakira... Read more »

Obama, Calderon, Harper: three amigos answer questions

So what did the three amigos talk about after all? At the summit of North American Leaders President Barack Obama said he would push for a draft bill on comprehensive immigration reform this year. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper wouldn’t back down on requiring visas for all Mexicans traveling to Canada. Obama also defended his... Read more »

Three amigos meet in Mexico: Obama, Calderon and Harper

It’s being called the Three Amigos summit as the three leaders of North America – our President Barack Obama, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper are convening in Guadalajara, Mexico Monday. On their agenda are important issues like free trade, the drug war, immigration, the swine flu and the environment. But... Read more »

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 »

Should Mexico decriminalize drugs?

Most of the headlines out of Mexico recently have been about the swine flu. But there’s one issue that has gone under the radar that should be of great interest to the United States – Mexico may legalize some drugs. Mexican President Felipe Calderon The Mexican Congress has voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts... Read more »