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Protests over missing Mexican students erupt into violence


There's still no word of what happened to the 43 students who disappeared in southern Mexico at the end of September. Fellow students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training college have organised mass protests to pressure authorities to step-up efforts to locate their missing classmates. As time passes, our Observer says protesters are becoming more and more radicalised. Read more...
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Acid spill in Mexican rivers ruining farmers' livelihoods


Three weeks after a massive acid spill turned Mexico’s Sonora and Bacanuchi rivers bright orange, tens of thousands of people who live alongside them are suffering from dire water shortages. A cattle rancher tells us this is destroying locals’ livelihoods. Read more…
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Surge in Central America minors trying to cross desert into US

 
The US government has recorded a surge in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southern US border from Central America. Our Observers at the border are seeing more children try to make the dangerous crossing into the US through the Sonoran desert. These children, younger than ever before, say that they are fleeing for their lives. Read more...
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Four years of Obama: Observers from around the world share their disillusionment

 
Four years ago, much of the world rejoiced when Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. Many of our Observers, from Mexico to Pakistan, were among those who hoped his slogan of “Change” would apply not just to the United States’ domestic policy, but to its foreign policy, too. But today, their enthusiasm has somewhat died down. Read more…

Insect diet may be the solution for a hungry world

 
Mexicans eat deep-fried grasshoppers. Japanese love wasp cookies. Leafcutter ants are considered a delicacy in Colombia, as are some caterpillars in South Africa. And in Thailand people cook everything from water beetles to bamboo worms. Even though eating insects has often been dismissed as a cultural eccentricity, it might soon become one of the answers to pressing global problems like hunger and environmental destruction. Read more…
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‘Blood fountains’, a potent symbol of Mexico’s drug war

 
The scene had an almost biblical quality to it. On May 28, the waters of Mexico City’s most famous fountain turned blood-red. It was a surreal sight, but one with a very down-to-earth message: stop Mexico’s drug war. Read more...
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Celebrating San Malverde, patron saint of thieves and drug dealers

 
Mexico’s drug lords are so powerful they even have their own patron saint: San Malverde. Every year on May 3, residents of the north-western state of Sinaloa, the birthplace of Mexico’s largest drug cartel, flock to celebrate their beloved “good bandit”. Read more...
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Blogger tells the real story of the war on drugs

 
An anonymously run blog has become the go-to site for information on the country’s bloody drug war, covering stories that the mainstream media can’t or won’t. Our Observer, herself a blogger anonymously covering drug violence and corruption, tells us why he thinks this kind of reporting is essential to Mexican society. Read more…
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Slain mother is a stark reminder of women’s brutal fate in Mexico

 
Marisela Escobedo was holding a vigil for her murdered daughter in front of the state governor’s office in Chihuahua City last Thursday when a man drove up and shot her in the head, in full view of security cameras and numerous onlookers. On the day of Escobedo's wake, armed men burned her family business down. Even by Mexico’s standards of violence, Escobedo's tragic story came as a shock. Read more…
 
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Giant yoga sessions aim to end violence

All summer, residents of Mexico are being invited to participate in free yoga sessions designed to bring peace to one of the most violent nations of the world. Read more...

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