• El Paso and Ciudad Juarez: Sister cities, worlds apart

    El Paso and Ciudad Juarez: Sister cities, worlds apart

    • Nov 13, 2017

    Increased control of the U.S.-Mexican border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez started in the 1990s to fight the international drug trade, and 9/11 marked a turning point in its militarization. In 2008, corrugated metal fencing was built and cut the binational city in two. Workers lost jobs, and families lost family members. El Paso’s sister city sank into poverty and drug-fueled violence.

  • Philippine bishops begin prayer vigil to protest deaths in war on drugs

    Philippine bishops begin prayer vigil to protest deaths in war on drugs

    • Nov 7, 2017

    Archbishop Socrates Villegas – outgoing president of the Philippines bishops’ conference – said clergy, politicians and security forces need to repent for complacency, ambition for power and instilling fear rather than respect. Rights groups and local media have reported 7,000-12,000 deaths as a result of police operations and unexplained killings in the 17 months since President Rodrigo Duterte took office after running on a platform to rid the country of criminals.

  • Philippine bishops deny trying to undermine Duterte anti-drug crackdown

    Philippine bishops deny trying to undermine Duterte anti-drug crackdown

    • Oct 6, 2017

    The Catholic Church in the Philippines says it is not trying to destabilize the government by offering sanctuary to security officers wishing to testify about abuses in the country’s violent anti-drug crackdown. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, the bishops’ conference president, earlier announced that police officers wanting to reveal information about the drug war have sought church protection.