It was a busy day on April 7, 1961 at the Biggs Airforce Base on El Paso. Crews were busy preparing a giant Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber for takeoff. As it was in 1961, the B-52 remains in service today as a deterrent to China and Russia. The bomber, which first entered service in 1951,… Read More The Day Ciudad Juarez Was Shot Down
Yesterday I was interviewed by a reporter for a national publication. The reporter asked me a question that I had never been asked before. It made me pause to formulate my answer. I had to think about the answer because although I’ve alluded to it before I had never addressed it in such a way… Read More El Paso and Immigration
On September 3, 2009, a man living in Horizon City returned home to find three armed men in their home. The family was duct-taped. The wife and the children were left in the home and Sergio, the father, was forcefully taken to Juárez. About a week later, the family heard that Sergio had been found… Read More The Silent Voices of Juárez
There is something very important that everyone is missing in the debate over The Wall aka the border fence in El Paso. I’m actually pretty surprised that no one else has thought about this. It clearly ends the debate over walls keeping America safe from drugs. When Donald Trump argued that the border fence (The… Read More What Everyone Has Wrong About the El Paso Border Fence
Growing up in México in the late 1980’s the drug traffickers were part of the landscape – visible, yet officially invisible. They were hard to miss, all decked out in cowboy boots and hats with ostentatious gold chains around their necks and shiny huge belt buckles. Cocaine was the novelty, as marihuana was the drug… Read More The El Paso Dirty Secret
Yesterday, I discussed how civilians are losing faith in their government to do the right thing. Much of the dissatisfaction is centered on the notion of them versus us. As you likely know, there is a controversy brewing over the comments made by El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen in regards to Black Lives Matter… Read More Greg Allen and the El Paso Police Department
As you likely know, the Pope was in Cd. Juárez yesterday. Because of the grandstanding by El Paso officials, you might have thought that the Pope crossed into the United States. If you thought so, I don’t blame you because El Paso officials are notorious for grandstanding national affairs as if they were the ones… Read More Pope and Sister City Hypocrisy
My comments yesterday about the murder-suicide at the Ft. Bliss Veteran’s Center and Monday’s post about my contention that El Paso is corrupt to the core elicited some comments pointing out the homicide rate in Cd. Juárez. To be clear, I agree that Cd. Juárez has its share of corruption problems. I am not blind to… Read More El Paso is the Cause of Juarez Blood
In the last couple of weeks, buried deep in the news, there have been a few reports about a radiation leak that occurred in New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. Two radiation releases have been acknowledged by officials as of yesterday. Mexican officials are expected to meet with a team of US Department… Read More Carlsbad Radiation Reminds Juarez Residents of Yonke Fenix
Unless you have been completely off social media and have not seen any news reports you are aware that the Sinaloa cartel’s leader, Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera was arrested by Mexican Marines and US law enforcement last Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Mazatlán. According to the news reports, the US law enforcement contingent consisted of the… Read More The Arrest of Joaquin Chapo Guzman
This is a translation of a letter by Eloy Vallina and the response from Osvaldo Rodríguez Borunda that was published in the Diario on August 17, 2013. Please note that I am not a professional translator and any mistakes are entirely my own. In addition, this is not a verbatim translation as I was taught… Read More Eloy Vallina versus the Diario: Translation of Letters
The expected win of the PRI’s candidate: Enrique Peña Nieto on Sunday’s election does not signify the end of the Mexican Drug War contrary to armchair pundits. What many columnists have neglected to include in their analysis or have conveniently ignored is that the Mexican Drug War is not a unique phenomenon, it is in… Read More Mexican Elections 2012: Cartel Strategy Remains the Same
El Paso just doesn’t get it. It is simple but the El Paso hierarchy wants you to stay placated. It is actually very sad, hardworking El Pasoans are decimated by the corrupt elite. El Paso does not deserve a boxing match! That’s it. Forget the indignant attitude and the allegations of collusion. It comes down… Read More The El Paso Nexus; Corruption and Drugs, No boxing for UTEP
A few days ago I had the opportunity to spend the day in Cd. Juárez conducting some business and people watching. Although I frequent Juárez, for security reasons, my time there is spent on necessary business meetings. Until a few days ago, I had not had the opportunity to really take the time to see… Read More Commentary: Juarez, subdued but active
Note: The following was submitted to the El Paso Times on October 31, 2010 as a response to an opinion article, they chose to not print it. As we all know Cd. Juárez is currently embroiled in a life and death struggle for its very survival. It is because of this that special care should… Read More The Media Owes a Responsibility to Juárez citizens
Note: This article originally appeared on El Paso, Inc. publication in the April 25, 2010 edition, page 12A. Juárez and major parts of Mexico are in a crisis, forcing many in our community to ask, what can be done? The answer is simple yet complicated. It is simple because the bilateral actions taken by the… Read More What can be done about Juarez?
Many in the U.S., especially the U.S. government, were mystified with Mexico’s recent decriminalization of small quantities of drugs for personal use. Some have even suggested that this shows that Mexico is seeking to legalize drugs in order to solve the pervasive drug problems the country faces both from a consumption and production standpoint. For… Read More A Cohesive U.S.-Mexico Drug Policy: Is Mexico embarking on Drug Legalization?
Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard that Cd. Juárez is the most dangerous city in North America. So just how dangerous is it? Our sister city is in the midst of a long and arduous war of willpower between citizens who still believe in their city and criminals who… Read More A day chasing death in Juárez: But how dangerous is it, really?