Susana Seijas journalist, producer & media consultant
Susana Seijasjournalist, producer & media consultant

By Susana Seijas, Special to CNN

November 1, 2012

Are Obama, Romney ignoring Mexico's drug war?

Mexico City (CNN)-- "Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States," is something I heard a lot growing up in Mexico in the 1980s. How that saying, first coined by President Porfirio Diaz around the turn of the 20th century, resonates today.

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Playing music to escape Mexico murders

BBC News/May 7, 2012

Esteban Ruiseco is exactly the type of teenager Mexico's ruthless drug cartels prey upon. The 15-year-old comes from a broken home and has dropped out of school twice.

He also comes from Ciudad Juarez, which at the peak of the Mexican government's war on drugs became infamous as the most violent city in the world.

Produced with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Producer and reporter Susana Seijas; production assistant Jorge Lagunas

Photography and video by Dominic Bracco

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By Susana Seijas

CBS News/ February 6, 2012

Mexico's ruling party picks first woman presidential candidate

"It's Josefina!" read the headlines in Mexico today, after the ruling National Action Party chose Josefina Vazquez Mota as the party's first female presidential candidate ahead of elections on July 1.

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By Susana Seijas

Zocalo Public Square / February 2, 2012

Sundays in the Park

Stepping into Parque México, with its greenery and quaint 1920s signs, is like stepping into something out of Alice in Wonderland, an art deco oasis in the middle of the sprawling, traffic-choked city.

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Susana Seijas, for the Pulitzer Center

Mexico: A Clarinet Instead of a Gun

Published February 1, 2012

Esteban Ruiseco picks up his clarinet and starts practicing Arturo Márquez’s “Danzón No. 2.” He could’ve easily been picking up a gun.

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Susana Seijas, for the Pulitzer Center

Mexico’s Changing Psyche

Published January 26, 2012

“Juarez is safe, you don’t have anything to worry about. We don’t have 52 people being burned alive like in the casino in Monterrey,” said a waiter wryly as he served me a cup of coffee.

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CBS News/ January 31, 2012

Mexican health officials keep careful eye on Swine flu spike

MEXICO CITY -- There were more swine flu (H1N1) cases for the month of January 2012 than the total cases for the whole of last year, according to Salomon Chertorivski, Mexico's health secretary. But in an effort to allay fears regarding the latest influenza scare, the health secretary noted that H1N1 cases were down overall in 2011.

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By Susana Seijas

CBS News/ November 9, 2011

Report blames thousands of human rights atrocities on Mexican military

MEXICO CITY - A leading human rights group issued a report Wednesday charging the Mexican military and police with widespread abuses in the war on drugs.

Human Rights Watch released the report after meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.  Calderon told the group that in his view the biggest threat to human rights in Mexico comes from criminals. "They are the ones who, by committing serious crimes such as murder, kidnapping and extortion, systematically violate the rights of citizens and their families," Calderon said according to a written statement put out after the meeting by his office.

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By Susana Seijas

CBS News/ June 8, 2011

Homemade narco tanks seized in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Mexican authorities seized two homemade tank-like vehicles in the northern state of Tamaulipas on June 4.

The armored, one inch-thick steel-enforced vehicles are being called narco tanks, rhino-trucks, monsters and beasts.

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By Susana Seijas

CBS News/ May 30, 2011

Teacher sings Barney amid drug cartel gunfire

Marta Rivera Alanis, a 33-year-old kindergarten teacher and mother of two, received a special recognition from local Mexican authorities for her heroic action calming her 15 pre-school-age students during a gun battle which raged outside her classroom Friday.

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CBS News/ May 26, 2011

Bar shut down at Mexico prison

MEXICO CITY, Mexico - It looked more like a frat house than the inside of a prison.

Federal and local authorities discovered the bar behind bars at a prison workshop at a minimum-security prison in the northern state of Chihuahua Monday.

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By Susana Seijas

CBS News/ May 18, 2011

Human smuggling exposed by truck x-ray

by Susana Seijas, a CBS News producer based in Mexico

The x-ray photo says it all: more than 500 migrants packed into trucks like sardines, as many as 4 people per 1 square meter, some crouching, others standing and holding onto ropes from the truck's rooftop. The reality of human smuggling brutally exposed in the migrant's subhuman travelling conditions.

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By Susana Seijas

Citiscope / April 2011

Mexico City’s Model Disaster Preparedness

Recalling its monstrous 1985 earthquake, Mexico City trains 10,000 of its civil servants in disaster recovery techniques.

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By Susana Seijas

CBS News/ March 2, 2011

Billionaire Slim opens art museum in Mexico City

Mexico City Tuesday night, Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world, opened the Soumaya Museum alongside an entourage as eclectic his art collection: TV legend Larry King, Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez, and Mexican President Felipe Calderon

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By Susana Seijas

CBS News/ December 3, 2010

Mexican Drug Queen Acquitted on Trafficking Charges

MEXICO CITY -- The glamorous Sandra Avila Beltran, alias "the Queen of the Pacific," allegedly Mexico's most famous woman drug trafficker, was acquitted of drug trafficking charges today by a federal judge in Mexico City due to a lack of evidence.

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By Susana Seijas

CBS News/ November 30, 2010

Female Police Chief Murdered in Mexico

Mexican federal police officers man a roadblock in the town of Meoqui, state of Chihuahua, northern Mexico, Monday Nov. 29, 2010 after the police chief of the town was gunned down.Hermila Garcia, 38, was shot on her way to work Monday by a convoy of gunmen. Garcia, a trained lawyer, took the job as police chief on Oct. 9 in the town of Meoqui, in drug violence-ridden Chihuahua state.

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By Susana Seijas

CBS News/ November 30, 2010

Madonna Brushes off Mexico Violence for Gym Opening

MEXICO CITY (CBS)Shrugging off threat of general Mexico violence, Madonna flew into Mexico City Monday and embraced a throng of fans and fitness fanatics at the opening of her new Hard Candy Fitness gym.

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By Susana Seijas

Resort blast kills 5 Canadians

Post Media / November 15, 2010

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By Susana Seijas

CBS News / October 22, 2010

"El Halcon de la Sierra": Death of a Cartel Singer

Fabian Ortega Pinon, 28, better known as the "Falcon of the Sierra" died at the hands of the people he sang about -- Mexico's increasingly vicious drug traffickers.

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By Susana Seijas

CNET/ October 22, 2010

Mexico's Bravest Woman Replaces Beheaded Police Chief

She's been called the bravest woman in Mexico after taking a job no

macho man wanted. Marisol Valles, a 20-year-old mother and student, is the new top cop in Praxedis, a small town situated along a key drug smuggling route just across the border from Texas.

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CNET/ October 19, 2010

D'oh! Homer Simpson Decorated Pot Seized from Cartel

MEXICO CITY-- Mexico celebrated a rare coup in its fight against the country's powerful drug cartels: the seizure of more than 105 tons of marijuana with a street value of $340 million in the border city of Tijuana.

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CNET/ August 7, 2010

Mexican Journalists March in Protest of Cartel Attacks

Hundreds of journalists marched in downtown Mexico City and thousands joined in other marches across the country Saturday in protest of the escalating intimidation, kidnapping and murder of fellow journalists by organized crime.

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CNET/ September 4, 2009

Mexico's Brutal Turf War

For Mexicans living in Ciudad Juarez, this week's massacre at the rehab center could've been just another violent day in Mexico's deadliest city.
But this latest killing spree has jolted Juarez, recently dubbed "Mexico's murder capital."

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CNET/ September 2, 2009

Mexico's State of Determination

"The past year has been a different year," said President Felipe Calder?n during his third state of the nation address Wednesday.
Different must be a euphemism for horrible. This was bound to be a difficult year to summarize for Mexico's beleaguered President. In the past year he has been battered with several challenges: the world economic recession, the influenza outbreak, diminishing oil resources, the worst drought the country has seen in years, escalating drug violence, topped by the world's belief that Mexico is ungovernable.

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By Susana Seijas

BBC World Service/ October 29, 2010

Patient Zero

As swine flu spreads around the world, spare a thought for the Mexico village where the virus started.

La Gloria in Veracruz is home to Edgar Hernandez - as a four year old boy, he became the world’s first swine flu patient.

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The Times of London /October 21 2010

Meet the student who is the new police chief in drugs death valley

The former incumbent was gunned down and the job — policing a town on a border riven by drugs-related violence — had remained vacant for more than a year. With no experienced policemen, or anyone else, willing to take on one of the world’s deadliest posts, Marisol Valles has made an unlikely career choice and stepped into the breach.

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By Susana Seijas

The Times of London /October 20 2010

Colourful haul of marijuana marks victory in war on drugs

Mexico, plagued by drug violence, celebrated a victory in its war on drugs after authorities seized 105 tonnes of marijuana in the border city of Tijuana, just across from San Diego,Califronia.

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BBC World Service/ May 1, 2009

Mexico shuts down in attempt to slow the spread of swine flu

Mexico's ususal May Day celebrations have been cancelled all over the country and in the capital, Mexico City, government buildings are closed for the next five days.

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Slate / April 14, 2009

Meet the Narcos -Mexico's drug cartels have terrible marketing skills. The government hopes it stays that way.

Severed heads rolled into a packed nightclub. A headless body found hanging from a bridge. An army general tortured and killed. An anti-kidnapping expert kidnapped. Banners on highway overpasses threatening assassination of police officers. Dissolved bodies discovered in vats of acid. Women and children killed in shootouts. This is not exactly the best way to capture the hearts and minds of a nation that is making international headlines because of its gruesome drug violence.

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By Susana Seijas

Inside Mexico / September 2008

From port city to mountaintop, Cornish descendants mine their Mexican patrimony

It is early morning on a Friday in July, and a rainy fog is lifting to reveal a chilly, tentative sun over Real del Monte, Hidalgo-at 2,800 meters the highest village in Mexico. A stocky, red-bearded man, whose bulky red and gold uniform is reminiscent of the Beefeater guards, swings a deafening hand-held copper bell.

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By Susana Seijas

CNET/ December 16, 2008

The War Next Door

Mexico has a serious drug problem these days. So serious that over 5,000 people have died this year due to drug-related violence. More than 5,000 dead. And that number keeps growing every day.
How do you begin to understand that so many people are dying in Mexico? More than 5,000 casualties because of "narcotrafficking." That's more than all of the American troops that have died fighting an actual war in Iraq.

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By Susana Seijas

CBS/ November 2008

In Mexico, "The Terminal" Come To Life

Hiroshi Nohara, a 41-year-old man from Tokyo is delighting tourists and travelers in Mexico City, simply by calling its international airport his home, as CBS News' Susana Seijas reports.
Nohara arrived at Benito Ju?rez International Airport on Sept. 2, and never left.

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By Susana Seijas

Latin America Press / April 2006

Girls in the shadow of Cancun’s dark side

With words and activism, Lydia Cacho unmasks the child sex trade lurking beneath resort town’s luxurious façade.

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