Leaving Their Kids Locked Up (Excerpt from ‘The Fruits of Cheap Labor’) – Vice News Published on Aug 20, 2015

In northern Mexico, farm workers who pick produce bound for US supermarkets earn as little as $7 a day. They follow the harvest, traveling between the states of Sinaloa and Baja California as internal migrants in their own country. With daycare not an option, children join their parents on the job, sometimes working in 100-degree heat.

In this excerpt, VICE News visits a slum serving as an illegal hotel, where day laborers leave their children unattended as they head out to find work in the farmlands of Sinaloa.

Read: Mexican Laborers Want Americans to Know Who Picks Their Fruits and Vegetables – http://bit.ly/1hsteFf

The Fruits of Mexico’s Cheap Labor – Vice News Published on Aug 13, 2015

In northern Mexico, farm workers who pick produce bound for US supermarkets earn as little as $7 a day. They follow the harvest, traveling between the states of Sinaloa and Baja California as internal migrants in their own country. With daycare not an option, children join their parents on the job, sometimes working in 100-degree heat.

VICE News travels to northern Mexico and heads into the fields with the laborers to see their working conditions, then meets the organizer leading the fight in the Baja town of San Quintín for better pay and conditions.

Watch: The Way Americans Eat – The Business of Life (Episode 8) – http://bit.ly/1MW5K6Q

Talking Heads: The Murder of the Young in Mexico – Published on Aug 7, 2015

VICE News and the New York Review of Books have partnered to create Talking Heads, a series about the big issues of the day as seen by the Review’s distinguished contributors.

In this episode, Alma Guillermoprieto discusses her article “Mexico: The Murder of the Young,” in which she follows the story of 43 students from a teacher’s college in the Mexican state of Guerrero who disappeared last year at the hands of corrupt police and a local drug gang. She describes how the search for their bodies revealed that much of the state is a gravesite, and reflects on what distinguished this event from the many thousands of murders that preceded it.

VICE News sat down with Guillermoprieto to discuss how systemic corruption and an ill-conceived war on drugs has created an anarchic setting for indiscriminate violence in Mexico.

Read Alma Guillermoprieto’s essay, “Mexico: The Murder of the Young” – http://bit.ly/1DxnC5P

On The Line: Daniel Hernandez Discusses the Escape of “El Chapo” And The Latest From Latin America – Published on Jul 27, 2015

VICE News’ Mexico City Bureau Chief Daniel Hernandez (https://twitter.com/longdrivesouth) joined On The Line to discuss drug lord El Chapo’s prison break, and the latest news from Mexico and Latin America.

Watch “Inside El Chapo’s Escape Tunnel” – http://bit.ly/1IsjiXW

In Photos: Take a Tour of the Tunnel ‘Chapo’ Guzman Used to Escape in Mexico – http://bit.ly/1CTEMdK

VICE News and On The Line want to hear from you! Let us know your questions for Daniel on Twitter with the hashtag #ontheline, or send us a video message on Skype.

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VICE News Daily: Mexico Bans Circus Animal Performances – Vice News Published on July 2015

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: lawmakers in Myanmar make it harder for Buddhist women to marry outside the faith, Cameroon forces evictions of people in flood-prone areas, a nationwide ban on performance animals takes effect in Mexico, and artificial blood created in Colombia could be the future of life-saving transfusions.

Lawmakers Approve Controversial Bill on Interfaith Marriage
Rights groups and activists say the legislation, which could keep Buddhist women from marrying outside the faith, was signed under pressure from hardline monks.

Authorities Begin Destruction of Homes in Low-Lying Urban Areas
Hundreds of houses built with wooden plants and makeshift materials are being demolished in areas of Douala that are prone to flooding.

Law Banning Circus Animals Takes Effect
Mexico City and 16 other states already had bans, but the new measure expands that nationally.

Biomedical Engineers Create Artificial Blood For Use in Transfusions
The team says the oxygen-carrying, translucent liquid could save lives in conflict zones, remote locations, and whenever there’s a shortage of donated blood.

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The Femicide Crisis in the State of Mexico (Full Length) – Published on Jun 23, 2015

A wave of homicides targeting female victims — labeled as femicides — has been sweeping the State of Mexico, the sprawling suburb that engulfs Mexico City. While government officials have not provided exact figures, the National Citizen Femicide Observatory estimates six women are murdered a day, and a United Nations body has described the situation as a pandemic.

VICE News investigates the murder of women in the region, and meets relatives of the victims who continue to fight for justice, from authorities who seem incapable or unwilling to help.


A massive discovery in Mexico could mark the dawn of a new oil boom – ANDY TULLY JUN. 15, 2015, 5:43 PM

red oil barrel

REUTERS/Rick WilkingOil barrels sit empty at a recycling yard.

Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos or Pemex, says it’s discovered one of the most copious group of oil fields in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, its largest such discovery in five years.

The five fields, situated off the states of Campeche and Tabasco, have total proven, probable and possible reserves that may be as high as 350 million barrels of crude oil equivalent and could be producing as much as 200,000 barrels a day, Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya told an energy conference in Guadalajara on June 10. He called the find an “achievement … of great magnitude.”

The company, based in Mexico City, said four of the fields were found off the Tabasco coast and one off Campeche. It said they could begin operating as early as autumn 2016. But Jose Antonio Escalera, Pemex’s director of exploration, said in a radio interview that it would take about three years for the fields to reach their full potential.

Escalera said half of the expected output of 200,000 barrels per day would be from the four oil fields off Tabasco and the other half from the Campeche field. The Tabasco fields also are expected to produce 90 million cubic feet of gas per day, he said, and the Campeche field should yield 80 million cubic feet of gas per day.

Pemex said the recent finds were the company’s biggest since it discovered the huge Atatsil and Tsimin-Xux oil fields, also located in the southern Gulf on the western coast of the Yucatan peninsula, which were discovered in 2008 and 2010, respectively.

On July 15, Mexico plans its first auction of leases for 14 shallow-water exploration blocks in the same area of the southern Gulf, an event that is expected to open a floodgate of private investment in the country’s energy sector.


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