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New York Times writer Ava Chin recently blogged about Amaranthus after repeatedly stumbling upon the leafy plant growing through metro-area sidewalk cracks from Staten Island to New York City. The annual herb, comprised of 70 species, can reach six feet in height with foliage varying from green to shades of purple, red and gold, and occasionally bearing flowers. Chin notes that the Amaranthus retroflexus, a wild version of the pigweed, also known as wild beet, was once a staple of the Aztec diet. The Aztecs believed the plant to hold supernatural health- and strength-giving properties.
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EL PASO – The drug related violence in Juárez that has killed some 7,000 persons since 2008 is a war against people, not a war against drugs, as reported in a new documentary film .
In the past decade, over 400 women and girls have been killed or disappeared in Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.
Rape, an Act of Extreme Sadism by Esther Chávez Cano
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There are over one million Mexicans working in over 3,000 maquiladora manufacturing or export assembly plants in northern Mexico, producing parts and products for the United States. Mexican labor is inexpensive and courtesy of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), taxes and custom fees are almost nonexistent, which benefit the profits of corportations.
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Lisa Haugaard: Presidents Calderon and Obama: Frank Words and Actions Needed to Stem Violence in MexicoToday, Mexico's President Calderón will sit down with President Obama in the Oval Office. At the top of the agenda is action to address the devastating organized crime-related violence plaguing Mexico.
In May 2006, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution expressing its sympathy to families of murder victims in Chihuahua State, Mexico, including Ciudad Juárez.
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