• Family and friends say a final goodbye to Norma Angélica Bruno Román who was killed last Thursday. (Jorge Ríos/RML/Agencia el Universal)

    A Death Foretold

    Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

    Despite government efforts to impose law and order in Iguala after more than 40 students disappeared there, murderers still operate with impunity.

    IGUALA, Mexico — Beside the open casket at the funeral of Norma Angélica Bruno Román, age 25, was neither the time nor the place to mourn her murder.

    Norma’s wake was held inside the home she shared with her parents and her two small children. It is a modest concrete dwelling on a street corner in the neighborhood of San Gerardo. Outside, a blue tarp was hoisted to shade a few rows of plastic chairs rented from the local funeral parlor. Halfway down the block, the Mexican Federal Police stood guard in an armored patrol vehicle, part of a force put in place after Iguala’s cops were accused of complicity in the murders and disappearances of 46 student demonstrators last year.

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    The Bridge’s Striking Heroine

    The striking German actress on the drama’s improved Season 2 and whether she’s ever seen her partner Joshua Jackson’s ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ [Warning: Some spoilers.]

    Hers was “the face that launched a thousand ships.” Now, a decade after making her big-screen splash in the sword-and-sandals blockbuster Troy, Diane Kruger is no longer a model-turned-ingénue, but a versatile actress who can convincingly portray anyone from a German screen siren/spy (Inglourious Basterds) to a treasure hunter with a Ph.D. (the National Treasure films). But on FX’s gritty drama The Bridge, she’s taken her talent to a different level.

    Kruger plays Det. Sonya Cross, a member of the El Paso Police Department who, when she’s not investigating rampant corruption and violence along the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico—the show’s title refers to the Bridge of the Americas border crossing—is busy managing her Asperger’s. The socially awkward Cross has found an odd ally in Det. Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir), a world-weary homicide detective for the Mexican State Police of Chihuahua.

  • DANIEL NEYOY RUIZ, center, is an undocumented immigrant taking sanctuary at the Southside Presbyterian Church because his self-deportation order expires tonight at midnight; making him subject to mandatory removal. (Will Seberger/ZUMAPRESS.com)


    AZ Church Reviving Sanctuary Movement

    The sanctuary movement for immigrants is being reborn at places like Tucson's Southside Presbyterian Church where Daniel Neyoy and his family dodge deportation.

    TUCSON — Daniel Neyoy Ruiz doesn’t sleep much. He lies awake on the bunk bed he shares with his wife and 13-year-old son, wondering what he will do if he’s forced to leave them. Every police siren sends his stomach into knots: Is this it? Are they coming for me?

    In the light of day, he paints, plays piano and guitar, and occasionally watches TV. The courtyard in the center of Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church is as far as he can venture outside the small, windowless room he and his family have called home since they took sanctuary here two weeks ago. He cannot work or drive or even attend a barbecue in the church’s parking lot. He receives the occasional visitor, but many of his family and friends fear that associating with him could be dangerous.

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    Mexico's Female Vigilante Squads

    Xaltianguis, outside of Acapulco, used to be a mecca for murder, kidnapping and extortion—until the town's women banded together to take protection into their own hands. Photos by Katie Orlinsky.

    Xaltianguis is in the Southern Mexican state of Guererro, a region home to illegal poppy and marijuana cultivation and plagued by violence. It is also located less than an hour away from Acapulco, one of Mexico's most dangerous cities. Like so many towns throughout Mexico, Xaltianguis—once a quiet farming town—has been at the mercy of organized crime for years, and by 2010 it had transformed into a mecca for murder, kidnapping and extortion. Yet this past summer, a group of ordinary women banded together for an extraordinary purpose: to make the town safer than it has been in years.

    In late August, the first all-female armed Citizen Police group was formed in Xaltianguis. The force is made up of mostly middle-aged housewives, mothers and grandmothers. Many of these women have lost loved ones to violence, or were victims of crime themselves. They have lived in fear for their family, and they decided that they’ve had enough. So roughly 100 women have now volunteered to put their lives on the line in order to protect their children and defend their community.



    Woman Killing Mexican Bus Drivers?

    Seeks vengeance for abused female passengers.

    A woman claiming to be “Diana, the hunter of bus drivers,” has reportedly killed at least two bus drivers in Mexico in the past week. Authorities are investigating reports that a woman with a blonde wig or dyed hair shot drivers point-blank on the same route in Ciudad Juárez, near the Texas border. The route serves a number of assembly plants, and Diana says women were rape victims during their night shifts. Diana started sending emails to Mexican media outlets that said, “I myself and other women have suffered in silence but we can’t stay quiet anymore ... I am the instrument of vengeance for several women.”  In the 1990s and 2000s, women were found raped and strangled after boarding the city’s buses, and several drivers were arrested but not sentenced.

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    100 Women vs. Mexican Gangs

    Pledge to use weapons as means of protection.

    Fed up with drug and crime gangs in their community, more than 100 Mexican women in the town of Xaltianguis pledged to use whatever means necessary to defend it. The women partnered with the self-defense group Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State over the past four days. Twelve women in nine groups will be trained to use firearms to patrol the town during the daytime. They have about 80 firearms that are rotated among members. “Women are brave, and we are capable of defending our town,” says member and mother of two Silvia Hipolito.

  • A young woman who took abortion pills sits in her bedroom in Mexico City, Mexico in August 2008. (Jennifer Szymaszek/The New York Times, via Redux)

    The Mess in Texas

    Crossing the Border for Abortions

    As the ink dries on Texas’s abortion bill, local clinics say Mexican women—who often crossed into America to terminate a pregnancy—are going to be left with few safe options on either side of the border.

    On July 18, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a contentious bill into law that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and adds new regulations for clinics that may shut down most abortion providers in the state. And despite the near-certainty of a court challenge, the Texas House has introduced another bill that would prevent abortion after five weeks of pregnancy.

    The media have speculated the legislation will soon send Texans over the border to Mexico in search of a black market for abortion procedures and pharmaceuticals. “At least one sector will gain major business from Americans under the new regulations,” according to ThinkProgress, “pharmacies and doctors that provide abortions and cheap abortion-inducing drugs in Mexico.”

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    Getting Away

    Mexican Transgenders Dream of Immigration

    At home, they face discrimination.

    In Mexico, where many states don’t consider gender-orientation discrimination a crime, it’s dangerous to be transgender. There have been four reported homicides of transgender women in the city of Puebla, a site of internal migration, in the last year. To make matters worse, career options are often limited to sex work and bartending—hairdressing if you’re lucky, says Women’s eNews. However, without familial support (which many lack), making the move to America can be almost impossible, especially with small savings and a loose grasp of the English language. Then, too, “there is the fear of the migration itself,” as one transgender woman explained. “The police they could encounter, the other migrants, other risks they could face along the way. It’s a lot to consider.”



    Arrests Made in Mexican Border Deaths

    Prostitutes killed when they were ‘no longer of use.’

    Police in Mexico arrested 12 people in connection with the killings of young women allegedly forced into prostitution and drug dealing. The remains of the 11 women were found in early 2012 in Ciudad Juárez, which is across the border from El Paso. The suspects allegedly belonged to a gang of drug dealers, pimps, and shop owners that captured girls from between the ages of 15 to 19, recruited them as prostitutes using lies or threats, and killed them when they were “no longer of use.” As many as 80 percent of missing women in Ciudad Juárez may be victims of trafficking, according to the activist group Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa.

  • Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954). Autorretrato con collar (Self-Portrait with Necklace), 1933. Oil on metal, 13 3/4 x 11 7/16 inches. The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art. The Vergel Foundation. Conaculta/INBA. © 2013 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. (Sean Weaver)


    Mexico’s Fiery Art Couple

    A new exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art explores the paintings and complex relationship of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (PHOTOS).

  • Campbell Brown, right, interviews actor Eva Longoria. (Marc Bryan-Brown)


    The Latina Revolution

    ‘The tide is changing,’ actress Eva Longoria told the Women in the World summit.

    Sorry, Joe Biden.

    On Friday morning, former Desperate Housewives star and Barack Obama campaign co-chair Eva Longoria announced that there’s only one presidential candidate for whom she’d be willing to volunteer in 2016: Hillary Clinton.