Mexico

In 2012, a senior official in the Department of Homeland Security declared that Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala was now, essentially, the southern border of the U.S. Two years later, gang violence and poverty in Central America drove tens of thousands of young migrants from Mexico’s southern neighbors to cross into Mexico with hopes of reaching the U.S.

From Texas Standard:

In May, Mexico's Secretariat of Public Education fired 3,000 teachers. The government agency claimed the teachers had not worked for three days. The teachers say they were on strike because of recent education reforms.

In June, the government arrested the leader of a dissident teacher union splinter group, CNTE, on charges of corruption. Then yesterday, six people were killed and dozens of civilians and police were injured in clashes in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The tension between teacher unions and the government is escalating.

 


Police in Mexico have long failed to inspire trust. The vast majority of crimes are never solved. Often, a signed confession is enough to put somebody in jail, even if the evidence is sketchy.

But with U.S. assistance, Mexico has been attempting to improve its judicial system — and the northern state of Chihuahua, which borders Texas and New Mexico, is considered one of the pioneers.

DANA CLARK AND NARJIS PIERRE

This week on Fronteras:   

·         The murder rate had dropped in Mexico, but now it’s going up again.   

·         Cuts in Texas Medicaid are making it hard for uninsured drug addicts to get rehab

·         A San Antonio group finds music instrumental in helping refugees adjust to a new life

·         A West Texas hospital promotes a veggie diet in cattle country.  

Cinco De Mayo Special Highlights Mexican Music

Apr 27, 2016

Tune in to KPAC 88.3 FM at 6 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo for "¡Viva la música!" exploring the rich musical traditions of Mexico, from the folk influences that inform classical music compositions, to the distinctive sounds and Mexican rhythms in the contemporary music we hear throughout the United States today.

In this hour-long celebration of the music of Mexico, Jacquie Fuller hosts with commentary from Gilberto Vazquez Valle.

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