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Mexico Drug War

Landmark Case in Mexico's Supreme Court Could Pave the Way for Marijuana Legalization

Hannah Hetzer | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Hannah Hetzer

This debate in Mexico's Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons: because it is being argued on human rights grounds, and because it is taking place in one of the countries that has suffered the most from the war on drugs.

Mexico Won't Be Sending 'El Chapo' To The U.S. If They Catch Him

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.23.2015 | World

Mexico won’t send twice-escaped drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera to stand trial in the United States if a...

How Mexico Botched The Investigation Of 43 Missing Students

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.11.2015 | World

Mexico's official account of what happened to 43 students who went missing last year never made much sense to the journalists, experts and relat...

El Chapo’s Sons Are Playing Cat-And-Mouse With Mexican Authorities On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.09.2015 | World

Jesus Alfredo Guzman likes to tweet a lot. Mainly, he likes to tweet pictures of big guns, fast cars, wads of money and his pet lion cubs. But above ...

I, For One, Don't Find El Chapo's Escape a Laughing Matter

Sergio Muñoz Bata | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Sergio Muñoz Bata

The problem with mocking the situation is that it ignores the bloody reality of the narcos and specifically of El Chapo. The context of two-way commerce is absent, and there is never any question as to why El Chapo has so many customers in America.

El Chapo, Scourge of Mexican Sovereignty

Nicholas Denmon | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Nicholas Denmon

The failure to the victims of El Chapo, both direct and indirect, is a miscarriage of justice of such magnitude that it may be the biggest crime of all.

'El Chapo's' Escape Undermines Official Promises of Security and an End to Impunity in Mexico

Mary Speck | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Mary Speck

MEXICO CITY -- A massive police and military manhunt is underway for "El Chapo"; his recapture would help restore some credibility to an embattled government. But Mexican authorities should realize by now that even successful police and military operations will not bring an end to the impunity that infects government institutions.

Notorious Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Escapes From Prison


MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico mounted an all-out manhunt Sunday for its most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who authorities said escaped...

The Drug War Hurts Latinos, and We Have the Power to Stop It

Mayra Espinoza-Martinez | Posted 07.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Mayra Espinoza-Martinez

The one thing all parents share is the desire to protect their kids. Although the legalization and regulation of all drugs may seem counterintuitive to that desire, repealing prohibition will keep our communities safer. Legalization reduces the profit margins of illicit products and disincentivizes the time, money, and violence necessary to traffic drugs.

The Extraordinary Exorcism of Mexico

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Christian exorcism has become so popular worldwide that now it's not only performed on tormented individuals but also on entire nations.

Three-Hour Gunfight In Mexico One Of The Bloodiest In A Decade

Reuters | Posted 05.23.2015 | World

By Alexandra Alper ZAMORA, Mexico, May 22 (Reuters) - Government security forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered...

A Rising Drug Cartel Just Shot Down One Of Mexico's Military Helicopters

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.08.2015 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

Geography of Death

Ben Mason | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Ben Mason

Watching the videos, you have the sense that what motivates these people to participate is not as calculating as that, but a more urgent human need. In the words of Diana, mother of Daniel who disappeared: "This is my way of honoring and remembering him, so that time does not erase his face."

When Drug Cartels Steal From the State

Ana Davila | Posted 06.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Ana Davila

Mexican drug cartels have outdone the State. Not only have these organizations become the greatest threat to the country's security and stability but they have also managed to steal its weapons, its intelligence, and its human capital.

Hundreds Join Prayer Rally For 43 Students Who Vanished In Mexico

The Associated Press | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion

BOSTON (AP) — Relatives of some of the 43 students who vanished in Mexico last September rallied with supporters in Boston on Sunday as part of a na...

Not Even James Bond Can Rescue Mexico's Image

Homero Aridjis | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
Homero Aridjis

MEXICO CITY -- While James Bond is cavorting in downtown Mexico City among giant skeleton props, leaping over rooftops and jumping into helicopters in an fictional exercise the government hopes will bolster Brand Mexico, Mexicans all over the country are clamoring for a new deal and real justice.

Can You Say 'Blowback' in Spanish?

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Just as the U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya fertilized the field for IS, another U.S. war, the so-called War on Drugs, opened new horizons for the drug cartels.

Mexico's Drug War, Version 2.0

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Rodrigo Aguilera

The recent capture of two of Mexico's most wanted drug lords has been once again hailed as a major coup in the government's nearly decade-long drug war. However, many security experts as well as ordinary Mexicans remain highly skeptical regarding whether these arrests will have any meaningful effect on the state of criminality and violence in the country.

Ryan Grim

Bill Clinton: Sorry For The Drug War | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton apologized to Mexico during a speech there last week for a backfired U.S. war on drugs that has fueled spiraling violenc...

Not Just Ayotzinapa: A Day in a Narco-Ravaged Mexican City

Delia M. Arias De Leon | Posted 02.22.2015 | College
Delia M. Arias De Leon

So much continues to go unreported in Mexico's Narco-ravaged cities. This becomes especially jarring when you've been living in Boston for the better part of the last year. This is what a normal day looks like at home.

Are You Outraged by the Drug War Yet?

Julie Netherland | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Julie Netherland

This holiday season, a time when I am normally filled with thoughts of light and hope, I find myself reflecting on the horrors of our failed war on drugs.

Elena Poniatowska: 'As a Mexican, I Am Ashamed'

Sergio Muñoz Bata | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Sergio Muñoz Bata

The mood in Mexico is so depressing that even Elena Poniatowska, the novelist-journalist who chronicled the 1968 massacre of students in Tlatelolco, feels a chill when she talks about the murder of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, who were found burned to death in a municipal trash dump. At 82, Poniatowska keeps on exposing social injustice in Mexico in memorable books like Here's to You, Jesusa, Nothing No One: The Voices of the Earthquake and thousands of journalistic articles in newspapers and magazines all over the world. This year, she won the prestigious Premio Cervantes, the equivalent of the Nobel for Spanish language writers.

Mexico's Military in the Eye of Ayotzinapa Storm

Ted Lewis | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ted Lewis

When Iguala, Guerrero municipal police and masked men in unmarked black uniforms opened fire on unarmed students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college last September, killing six people and kidnapping 43 students, they lit the fuse of a national crisis.

Mexico Protests: 'I Am Fed Up With Fear'

Mary Speck | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
Mary Speck

The impunity enjoyed by some has tarnished the police, prosecutors and politicians as a whole, whether honest or dishonest. To prevent another Iguala -- or another Villas de Salvárcar or another San Fernando -- Mexican leaders must show that rule of law prevails, especially for those required to uphold it.

Three Causes Behind Mexico's Crisis of Corruption and Impunity

Claudio Lomnitz | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
Claudio Lomnitz

There is a deep history behind Mexico's current horrors of crime and impunity that only Mexicans can deal with. A weak state, the informal economy and lack of accountability because of a low tax base all play key roles -- but U.S. drug and gun policies are also responsible.