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Fusion | Rafa Fernandez de Castro, Ana Camus and Leslie-Anne Frye | Posted 06.01.2015 | World

Welcome to ‘Queer Paradise’ JUCHITÁN DE ZARAGOZA, Oaxaca - Marluu Ferretti climbs into a chair at the local beauty salon to get her hair done...

Gunfights Rock Mexican City On U.S. Border After Cartel Leader Arrested

AP | Posted 06.18.2015 | World

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) -- Gunfights and blockades of burning vehicles broke out Friday in the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas...

Woman Running For Mayor Decapitated In Mexico

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY, March 11 (Reuters) - A 42-year-old woman running for mayor in a violent southwestern Mexican state that sparked the biggest crisis of ...

Official: Mexico Captures Zetas Drug Cartel Leader

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 05.04.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the ...

Mexico Captures Most Wanted Drug Lord Still At Large

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2015 | World

By Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Mexico has captured the country's most wanted drug lord still at large, Serva...

Mexican Artists Ready Jesus Figures For Holiday

AP | EDUARDO VERDUGO | Posted 02.02.2015 | Religion

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Each year, Catholic faithful in Mexico honor the story of the infant Christ being presented before the temple in Jerusalem by ado...

40 Years Ago the World 'Discovered' Mexico's Monarch Habitat -- Today Its Survival Is at Stake

Homero Aridjis | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Homero Aridjis

The main culprit for this precipitous decline is no longer logging in the reserve (although that still takes place) but the huge increase in land planted with genetically modified, herbicide resistant soybean and corn crops (93 percent of total soybean acreage and 85 percent of corn acreage in 2013) in the U.S. Corn Belt.

Mexico: DNA Tests Unable To Match Missing Students To Remains

AP | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors said Tuesday that an Austrian forensics lab has been unable to find any more DNA that could be used by conven...

Mexico Is Burning

Jorge G. Castañeda | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Jorge G. Castañeda

Before the advent of democracy in 2000, order was imposed by the iron hand of a corrupt, authoritarian state. When its grip was loosened, any semblance of law and order disappeared. Unless and until this is recognized, reforms in this area will lack credibility for Mexicans and foreign investors alike, and thus are unlikely to be effective. Unfortunately, Peña Nieto, whose party ruled Mexico in the bad old days, is unlikely to be the president who breaks the mold.

Mexico: Drug Cartel Forced Members To Eat Human Hearts

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2015 | World

By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY, Jan 6 (Reuters) - A vicious Mexican drug gang forced some members to eat the hearts of murder vict...

Missing American Found Dead In Mexican Mountains

AP | MARK STEVENSON and AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 03.04.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Searchers on Friday found the body of an American man who had been missing in the rugged mountains in central Mexico since going ...

How Mexican Farmworkers Get Trapped In A Cycle Of Debt

The Los Angeles Times | Richard Marosi | Posted 12.12.2014 | World

The farmworkers lined up right after work, clutching crumpled pesos. The shelves before them were stacked high with staples: corn flour and beans, dia...

Official: Remains Of One Of Mexico's Missing Students Identified

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and MARIA VERZA | Posted 02.05.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least one of 43 college students missing since September has been identified among charred remains found several weeks ago nea...

We're Mad as Hell, and We're Not Going to Take It Anymore

Homero Aridjis | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Homero Aridjis

I was impressed by the degree of anger, by the overwhelming dissatisfaction with the way things are now, by the unanimity of the clamor for change. I felt that a breaking point will soon be reached.

Mexico's President Forced into a Corner

Sergio Sarmiento | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Sergio Sarmiento

The government is now afraid to use public force to prevent demonstrators from blockading roads and streets, stealing buses and trucks, ransacking supermarkets and torching government buildings. President Peña Nieto has claimed that his patience has limits, but so far the Ayotzinapa movement appears to have forced him into a corner.

Fierce Clashes Between Protesters And Police In Mexico

AP | MARK STEVENSON and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A largely peaceful march by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of ...

Mexico's President Reveals $3 Million In Assets After Mansion Scandal

Reuters | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Facing conflict of interest accusations over the Mexican first lady's mansion, President Enrique Pen...

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.

Parents Of Mexico's Missing Students Cling To Hope

AP | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN | Posted 01.14.2015 | World

TIXTLA, Mexico (AP) -- Maria Telumbre knows fire. She spends her days making tortillas over hot coals, and experience tells her a small goat takes at ...

Mexico Captures Fugitive Mayor, Wife In Missing Students Case

Reuters | Posted 01.04.2015 | World

By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Mexican police have captured a fugitive former mayor and his wife who the government says were the pr...

Mexico Is Looking For 43 Missing Students. What Has Been Found Is Truly Terrifying

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

After a student protest in Iguala, Mexico, last month, dozens of young men were seen being hauled off into police vans. Then, they vanished. One mo...

Mexico Signs Landmark Energy Law

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 10.12.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law on Monday new rules governing a historic opening of the state-run oil, gas a...

Mexican Vigilantes: Caught Between Cartels and U.S. Drug Consumers

Sergio Muñoz Bata | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Sergio Muñoz Bata

Public opinion polls show that the majority of Mexicans believe self-defense is the best way to protect your community and a larger majority sees nothing wrong with vigilante justice. One could argue that such an outcome is predictable in a country where 105,000 people are kidnapped for ransom every year, where criminal groups blackmail one of every 10 Mexicans and 96 percent of recorded crimes go unpunished.

Latin America's Ukraine

Jorge G. Castañeda | Posted 05.27.2014 | World
Jorge G. Castañeda

Paradoxically, whereas the Western powers are probably powerless in Ukraine, Latin America's major players could exert great influence in stopping the unfolding economic, political, and human rights catastrophe in Venezuela. But doing so requires what most Latin American governments sorely lack: vision and courage.

Last Call For Monarchs

Homero Aridjis | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Homero Aridjis

2014-02-07-monarchbutterflymigrationhorero.jpg There has been a dramatic plunge in the monarch butterfly population that overwinters in Mexico after flying thousands of miles south from the northern and eastern United States and southern Canada. On the 20th anniversary of NAFTA, I (and all who cherish the monarch butterfly) am urging Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to put monarch survival on the agenda of their February 19-20 summit meeting in Toluca, in the state of Mexico.