Famed Mexico Drug Lord Challenging Sinaloa Cartel: Official

Insight Crime 07/06/16 

chihuahua-mapIntelligence reports suggest legendary drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero is seeking to expel the Sinaloa Cartel from Mexico‘s Chihuahua state, raising fears the city of Ciudad Juárez may experience yet another drug-fueled murder spike.

Chihuahua’s attorney general, Jorge Enrique González Nicolás, said on July 5 that military intelligence indicates Caro Quintero “hopes to dispute and occupy the Sinaloa Cartel‘s territory” in the state, reported Reforma. This includes the northern border city of Ciudad Juárez, once considered the murder capital of the world in part due to violence between warring drug cartels.

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Life looking across the US-Mexico border in El Paso: ‘You are glad you are here’

06/28/16 The Guardian 

El Paso and Juarez by Flickr user dherrera 96Efren Macias, 70, lives in a one-room rented apartment, only 1,000ft from a 15ft-high fence splitting El Paso from Mexico. His apartment is immaculately kept, the walls decorated with religious icons and pictures of his family, many of whose members live in Mexico.

Efren and his wife do not have a lot of money. They make about $1,000 a month from a small pension he receives and from her occasional home-care work. Yet they are content. “I am happy. I have a roof. I have food. I am safe. I see my family. I am not sure what more you need.”

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Mexico’s drug wars, rendered in art

06/17/2016 The Economist

ciudad juarezIN REACTION to the destruction of a city, Picasso painted “Guernica”, depicting the bombing of the Spanish town in 1937. Though the painting was widely celebrated, Jean-Paul Sartre later expressed scepticism that it had ever “won over a single heart to the Spanish cause”. For Sartre the painting sidestepped political reality by turning “cruelty into abstract figures”. This same question, of art’s usefulness in the face of massive human suffering, provides the animating force behind an exhibition by the Belgian-born artist Francis Alÿs, at the David Zwirner Gallery in London, about life in the once prosperous U.S.-Mexico border town of Ciudad Juárez.

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Juárez factory workers are protesting for their rights with an ‘Occupy-style’ sit-in

2/17/2016 The Guardian 

ciudad juarezIf Karl Marx could visit the freezing, rickety shack by Bulevar Independencia, he might reconsider the inevitability of labour trumping capital.

There is gravel underfoot, the tarpaulin roof flaps in the winter wind and frost dampens the cardboard walls. Traffic roars past, oblivious, and the handful of occupants inside subsist on donated beans and tortillas.

Tattered banners proclaiming “libertad sindical” (union freedom) and “justicia a la clase obrera” (justice for the working class) adorn the walls. This is the nerve centre of Ciudad Juárez’s worker rebellion.

Opposite the shack – behind security cameras, guards and gates – is the factory that fired them after they tried to form a union.

Lexmark, a Kentucky-based corporate leader in laser printers, is worth around $2bn and has the support of Mexico’s political establishment and apparently also its media and Catholic hierarchy, notwithstanding Pope Francis’s visit to Juárez on Wednesday.

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Women Journey to Mexico to Put Focus on Immigration during Pope Visit

2/17/16 NBC News

Border fence by couchlearnerFor Guillermina Castellanos, the Pope’s message on compassion for immigrants is personal. Though she and her nine children are U.S. citizens, the California resident said her husband has been living in the U.S. for about 20 years and has not been able to legalize his status. Every time her daughters see a police officer drive up behind them, they’re afraid that their father will get pulled over and get arrested for being undocumented.

I tell them, ‘Don’t be afraid. The cop won’t do anything to your dad,'” Castellanos said. “But they still live with that constant fear.”

The Pope’s trip to the city of Juárez, Mexico on Wednesday is drawing hundreds of thousands of faithful on both sides of the border. But as the eyes of the world descend on the Pontiff’s visit to the area, some U.S. families like Castellanos say they want to ensure that people focus on the Pope’s message of compassion and dignity for immigrants.

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Border Security Tightens Before Francis’s Visit To Mexico

2/15/16 CBS 

fence at borderEL PASO (CBSDFW.COM) – The task to keep the border in El Paso with Ciudad Juarez safe during Pope Francis’s visit is a massive undertaking described by law enforcement along the border as “unprecedented.”

CBS 11 News was given an exclusive border tour with the Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Unit aboard on of their helicopters.

CBP Director of El Paso air operations Rudy Maldonado said, “We’re going to be watching. It’s a matter of us watching things that people don’t even think of.”

Authorities will shut down a seven-mile stretch of border near the Pope’s mass location. They estimate upwards of 1 million people will gather on both sides to try and enjoy a glimpse of the pontiff.

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Juárez is largest producer of solar panels in Mexico

07/27/15 El Paso Times

Solar PanelsJUAREZ >> This border city has become the largest producer of solar panels in Mexico and Latin America, officials said.

The manufacturing plant Flextronics, located in far south Juárez, recently reached its maximum capacity production of 1.3 million solar panels a year. It began making them for Missouri-based SunEdison Inc., the world’s largest renewable energy development company, in mid-2014.

The panels, which were produced for the first time in Juárez, are exported to the United States and other countries in South America and Europe for residential, utility and commercial photovoltaic projects.

A photovoltaic system employs solar panels, also known as modules, to supply usable solar power.

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