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A three-day truce between Israel and Palestine was interrupted after Israel reported one of their soldiers went missing in the southern Gaza Strip.

The House Republican leadership will present a new border bill today that “further tightens a 2008 trafficking law.”

The FBI are assisting authorities in Oregon in trying to find a mother who went missing seven days ago.

Former president Bill Clinton says he had the chance to kill Osama bin Laden hours before the 9/11 attacks.

After an internal investigation, it was confirmed that the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Bernalillo County deputies took down an alleged drug and prostitution ring on Second and Alameda streets.

It's tax free weekend, y'all!

A nationwide warrant has been issued for a Las Cruces teen accused of voyeurism.

Teenager Tony Day is expected to plead guilty for the 2012 murders of his adoptive mother and her daughter in Tucumcari.

Penis cloud!

V.22 No.42 | 10/17/2013
Adrian Esparza, Superstructure, from installation Vitrina de Colonias, 2013, serape, plywood, nails, 18 x 16 feet

Culture Shock

The fine unline

This week in Culture Shock, grab your straight razors, climb a mountain and confront your fluid borders.

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Hope and Faith in Ciudad Juárez

Sister Rene Weeks (left) says she is motivated by the hard work of Centro Santa Catalina’s members, several of whom tend a community garden in their spare time.
Margaret Wright
Sister Rene Weeks (left) says she is motivated by the hard work of Centro Santa Catalina’s members, several of whom tend a community garden in their spare time.

Writer Charles Bowden said in the May 2009 edition of Harper’s magazine that he “cannot explain the draw of the city that gives death but makes everyone feel life.”

The city he referred to was Cuidad Juárez. I was drawn there too, in search of forces of creation amidst much destruction. In a place so rocked by violence, militarization and economic hardship, it can be hard to believe thatlike any other big citythere are many determined individuals striving for more than mere survival. The women I met during my research for this piece have banded together to forge a hopeful vision for themselves, their families and their community.

Values, faith and life on the border

V.21 No.14 | 4/5/2012
Sister Rene Weeks (left) says she is motivated by the hard work of Centro Santa Catalina’s members, several of whom tend a community garden in their spare time.
Margaret Wright

News Feature

Valores, Fe y Vida

Values, faith and life on the border

A nun crosses the border into Juárez every day despite the risks to run a women’s work cooperative.

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V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011

Neverending Stories

“Please Save Us”

Detainees beg to be deported through safe territory

Almost 50 people held on immigration charges in New Mexico signed letters saying that if they are deported over the state's border, they will be immediately kidnapped or killed.

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V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010

News Feature

The Secret School

A teacher struggles to educate in Juárez, where extortion is the cost of doing business

A small paper sign posted near the door is all that signals there's a school inside this small, yellowed house in south Juárez. Trinidad Vasquez teaches English here with the shades drawn. Inside, he leads four of his youngest students through a scenario involving paying the phone bill in English. Vasquez’ eyes dart to the door when he hears a car horn, a siren, a shout. “OK, on to the next one,” he says to his class, “calling the utility company.”

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V.19 No.28 | 7/15/2010
A woman serenades the border patrol agents.
David Taylor

News Feature

Port of Entry

From right and left, two men find their way to the real immigration story

When Paul Wells started working as a border patrol agent in Las Cruces 30 years ago, his station had a two-way radio and a telephone. "That was it," he says, and there were less than 2,000 agents nationwide.

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