By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 10/22/2010 - 14:00
Mexico's bloody drug wars have come to this: The new police chief in Pradexis Guadalupe Guerrero, Mexico, in the border state of Chihuahua, is Marisol Valles Garcia, a petite 20-year-old college student who stepped up when no one else would. Here’s what you need to know about this brave chica:
Who She Is: Born and grew up in Ciudad Juarez, which has the highest murder rate in Mexico, so she’s no stranger to violence. She is a fighter: a single mom to a toddler boy and a college student studying criminology.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/22/2010 - 10:40
Marisol Valles Garcia is one brave Latina. The 20-year-old criminology student and mother was hired just this week as the newest police chief of Guadalupe, Mexico—a farming town located just miles away from the border in a region that has been riddled by cartel violence and drug trafficking.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/19/2010 - 16:00
The Jonas Brothers recently canceled the Monterrey, Mexico stop of their Look Me in the Eyes tour due to a string of drug related violence in the area.
"Due to the recent series of unfortunate events in the city of Monterrey, Mexico, the Jonas Brothers, in consultation with Live Nation, have decided to cancel their upcoming concert date scheduled for October 21st at Estadio Universitario," read a statement from the band's reps.
By Miranda Noland | 10/19/2010 - 13:00
Mexico is all about breaking world records. With the recent addition of the world's biggest enchilada, Mexico has been racking up numerous Guinness records in the past two years—the country rules in everything from kissing to meat balls. Looks like they may be eyeing the record for the most world records!
By Mariela Rosario | 10/19/2010 - 10:10
Residents of Iztapalapa, Mexico just landed a Guinness World Record by building the globe's largest enchilada. They broke the record with a 230-feet long rolled corn tortilla enchilada, with fillings that weighed in at one ton. It was stuffed with everything from onions, serrano chilis, tomatillos and avocado to a variety of salsas. Yum, we're getting hungry just thinking about it!
By Mariela Rosario | 10/05/2010 - 16:00
Most Americans would probably find it hard to believe that Mexico has a problem with illegal immigration. At best, they may think that it stems from Central and South American's overstaying their welcome in the country en route to the United States. But the majority of illegal immigrants in Mexico are actually from the United States.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/29/2010 - 09:30
Journalists have been murdered at an alarming rate in Mexico over the last few years, and the frightening trend has effectively paralyzed the local news industry. After the murder of a photojournalist at Ciudad Juarez's biggest paper, the Diario de Juárez, the staff responded with a front page editorial pleading with the cartels: "We need you to explain to us what you want us to publish and what not."
By Mariela Rosario | 09/28/2010 - 13:10
A landslide caused by the recent deluge of rain in the Mexican state of Oaxaca left three hundred homes buried this Tuesday morning. Hundreds of people are missing and thousands are now homeless.
The town of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec was buried by the landslide. Mayor Palemon Vargas Hernandez told a local radio program that 8,000 of the town's 10,000 residents were impacted. Survivors are sticking together in the center of the town and seeking shelter while they continue to wait for assistance.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/20/2010 - 13:51
Paulina Rubio stepped out of the limelight recently in order to prepare for the birth of her baby boy in November. Her last official public performance happened last week in Mexico City's Zocalo Plaza in honor of the bicentennial. The Gran City Pop singer took to her favorite form of communication, Twitter, to sign off with her fans and let them know what a great time she had performing for them: “What a beautiful experience! It was unforgettable!" la Chica Dorada gushed.
By Sam Quinones | 09/16/2010 - 17:30
Better than journalists or anthropologists, Los Tigres del Norte—made up of four Hernández brothers (Jorge, Hernán, Eduardo and Luis) and their cousin (Oscar Lara)—have chronicled the epic tale of the arrival of Mexicans in the United States.