Jul 23, 2011
Week´s Top Articles: July 15 -22, 2011
USATODAY.com: Unrelenting violence, though confined largely to Mexico, is unmistakably altering a unique culture that has bound generations on both sides of the vast southwestern border. From Matamoros, near the Gulf of Mexico, to Tijuana, on the Pacific Ocean, Mexican (businesses) thrived before the cartel violence erupted. Every day, the lure of cheap goods, services and entertainment drew thousands of U.S. customers who regarded Mexico as little more than a colorful extension of their own border towns. But even in sleepy places such as Del Rio and Eagle Pass, Texas, and Nogales, Ariz., visiting Mexico is no longer an option.
Art imitating life, death in Mexico's drug war - Corrido Music
The McAllen Texas Monitor.com: A style of music that has long roots in Mexican culture has recently come under fire by critics who accuse it of spreading lawlessness. The genre is called corrido, and its songs depict stories of an individual who faces a struggle — either ultimately triumphing, or meeting a glorious end. Performers and fans maintain it’s simply another form of expression that has begun to reflect the recent realities of the drug war, which are felt throughout Mexico and have brought border cities like Reynosa and Matamoros, in the Rio Grande Valley, to the forefront.
USATODAY.com: A USA TODAY analysis of more than a decade of detailed crime data ....found that rates of violent crime along the U.S.-Mexico border have been falling for years — even before the U.S. security buildup that has included thousands of law enforcement officers and expansion of a massive fence along the border. U.S. border cities were statistically safer on average than other cities in their states. Those border cities, big and small, have maintained lower crime rates than the national average, which itself has been falling.