UPDATED with NPR’s Tell Me More Interview: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado Moderates Panel with Nobel Peace Laureate or How This Week I Have Professional Whiplash

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12 years ago, I was stringing for The New York Times when I lived in Mexico City where I was writing my dissertation.  Fierce war reporter, mentor, and hermana Julia Preston had called, asking if I could help out. Heck ya! As I traveled throughout the area from polling booth to polling booth in the shantytowns […]

Blogging to Stop Brutality: My More Magazine Interview with a Juárez Blogger

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I can’t remember when I started reading Judith Torrea’s blog, Ciudad Juárez: en la sombra del narcotráfico/Juárez: in the shadow of Drug Trafficking.  But once I started, I read and Torrea’s raw prose left my heart riddled with anger at failed Mexican and American policies around the southward flow of guns, U.S. drug consumption and treatment […]

When Singing Barney Songs is Mightier than Cartel Gunshots

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This video will make you tremble with fear, outrage, and sadness. Kindergarten teacher Martha Rivera Alanis captures on her cell phone how she calmed her students by singing Barney songs, as a gunfight raged near the school in Monterrey, Mexico’s industrial hub in the northern state of Nuevo León. Rivera Alanis sweetly instructs the kids […]

Mr. President: Try Substantive Instead of “Equal” Partnership with Latin America

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“¡Pobre México! ¡Tan lejos de Dios y tan cerca de los Estados Unidos!” “Poor Mexico! So far from God and so close to the United States!” -Porfirio Díaz Mexican strong man Porfirio Díaz is credited with these words that describe the 20th Century U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Latin America relationships as the Roosevelt Corollary (Monroe Doctrine on […]