'Reportero,' a new documentary that examines how journalists at a Tijuana-based news weekly risk their lives to report on Mexico's deadly drug war airs Jan. 7 on PBS. When you think of drones, the military may come to mind at first, but a couple of entrepreneurs want them to become part of everyone's daily life.
Enrique Peña Nieto, the newly-elected president of Mexico, takes power on Saturday and inherits a nation that is suffering from a long-running conflict against drug traffickers and an economy that is improved but still anemic. On this side of the border, Mexico watchers are hoping Peña Nieto will be the pragmatic problem solver that he promised during his presidential campaign.
Pedro Quintanilla, center, watches his business partner Alejandro Martinez Grey sipping mezcal through a siphon. The mezcalero, or mezcal producer on the right has just just finished distilling the mezcal.
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The agave plant prior to being crushed into a mash which is then fermented and distilled.
Some Mexican citizens hope the PRI's return to power in Mexico will bring stability to the country. A look at how the border city of Tijuana is trying to lure tourists by promoting a growing music scene, while more traditional tourist draws are still alive and kicking. Finally, Mezcal, tequila's cousin, is contributing to reverse migration to Mexico.
Texas Republicans propose a bill to drug test welfare recipients - should we drug test politicians as well? Laws legalizing the possession and use of marijuana passed in Colorado and Washington, is this the beginning of a new era in American drug policy? Mexico has a new president and many are hoping this will mark the beginning of a real solution to the war against the drug cartels. Finally, we just can't let this week go without continuing the discussion on Texas secession.
More than 15 people were killed in Nuevo Laredo over the last weekend. According to Mexican authorities, 13 died in gun battles between rival criminal organizations and two more were killed in a run-in with the Mexican Army.
Nuevo Laredo is across the Rio Grande from Laredo Texas and is 150 miles South of San Antonio.
Officials said they found seven dismembered bodies Sunday morning at a parking lot in Nuevo Laredo’s central business district. On the bodies was a message, but its contents were not released.
He fears being identified will put his kidnapped girlfriend in even more danger, and it may also get him killed. The veteran labor activist in Tamaulipas State in Mexico said that for the last two years, he and many colleagues have had to go in hiding.
"Pues la lucha por la justicia amenaza cualquier interés."
With illegal immigration, drug trafficking and a possible wall, the U.S./Mexico border is a hotbed of news. Americans need to make decisions about these problems and they are going to need reliable reporting from the border; however, that information is getting harder to come by because journalism on the border is becoming an ever-increasing dangerous occupation.