Lisa Guáqueta studied economics at Universidad Externado de Colombia and holds a master's degree in international affairs from The New School. Her interests include the urban dynamics of Latin America, especially the role of cities and local governments in international issues. She is both fascinated by and fearful of boarded up windows and doors, and, for some strange reason, takes many photos of abandonded industrial structures.
The streets of Ciudad Juárez are running red with blood. Fear grips the city as drug cartels battle it out for control of territory and influence. Many elements fuel this increasingly intense fire, including arms trafficking across the U.S.-Mexican border. Here, Lisa Guáqueta examines both the role of such weapons in Mexico's drug cartel battles, and the political debate over gun control in Washington.
Over two hundred fifty million people cross the U.S.-Mexican border annually, making it the most frequenty crossed international border in the world. Each year, billions of dollars in remittances are sent from the U.S. back to loved ones in Mexico. Alas, screenwriter, director, and author Guillermo Arriaga reminds us that there is much more to the border issue than what statistics can capture. Lisa Guáqueta took notes at Guillermo's recent lecture in Houston, Texas.