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Mexico Violence

Violent Clashes Between Mexico's Teachers, Police Leave 8 People Dead

Reuters | Nina Golgowski | Posted 06.22.2016 | World

At least eight people were killed in clashes in southern Mexico over the weekend when police and members of a teachers' union faced off in violent con...

Ayotzinapa: 10 Reasons to Keep the Search for Truth Alive

Ted Lewis | Posted 09.09.2015 | World
Ted Lewis

A body of independent experts, appointed by Inter-American Human Rights Commission rejects the Mexican government's conclusions about key elements of last year's attacks on unarmed students during which six people were killed and 43 forcibly disappeared.

The Life And Death Of A Political Activist In Mexico

Pulitzer Center | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

The last time community leader and political activist Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco was seen on WhatsApp was at 1:31 pm on Saturday, August 8. The sil...

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 ...

Latin Americans Increasingly Distrust Their Government, and It's Leading to More and More Violence

Sergio Muñoz Bata | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Sergio Muñoz Bata

It is also a legacy inherited from the repressive regimes of the '70s and '80s that controlled their territories with an iron hand. When the juntas and dictatorships were thrown out by democracy, weak institutions of governance were left in their wake.

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.

10 Decapitated Corpses And 11 Heads Found In Mexican Graves

Reuters | Posted 03.09.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Mexican police found 10 decapitated corpses and 11 heads in a southwestern state that has become a major problem for ...

Business as Usual With Mexico No Longer Possible as Human Rights Disaster Deepens

Ted Lewis | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Ted Lewis

When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto last met with President Obama he was riding a wave of legislative success and media adulation, but terrifying events in 2014 have changed all that.

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...

New Year's Resolutions For U.S. Policy Towards Latin America: Check Some Off The List, More to Do!

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 03.04.2015 | World
Lisa Haugaard

Whether dealing with close U.S. partners or more distant governments, the United States should have the same principled voice for human rights. 2014 was a decent year for change in U.S. policies towards Latin America and the Caribbean. Let's make 2015 a banner year.

Mexico's President Vows To Reform Police

Posted 11.27.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday proposed simplifying Mexico's chaotic police structure and a new la...

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.

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 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.

Mexico Says Gang Members Confess To Horrific Killings Of Missing Students

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Forty-three missing students abducted by corrupt police in southwest Mexico six weeks a...

11 Numbers To Help You Understand The Violence Rocking Mexico

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. Have you noticed the media forgetting all about another s...

33 Mutilated Corpses Found In Hidden Graves

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY, Nov 22 (Reuters) - At least 33 mutilated corpses have been found buried in an area of western Mexico whe...

'Narco Cultura' Takes You Inside The World Of Drug Violence

Posted 11.21.2013 | Latino Voices

With and AK-47 and a bazooka on my shoulder/ cross my path and I’ll chop your head off/ We’re bloodthirsty, and crazy and we like to kill. T...

Nonkilling or 9mm Tacos for Breakfast

Joam Evans Pim | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Joam Evans Pim

As we try to measure and place a price on every single aspect of our existence, can we dare to place a dollar tag on our necks? Beyond the per capita amount of state-funded education and health care, how much would the thousands of hours of parental and kin dedication be worth?

Mexican Border Town Racked By Gunfights, 13 Dead

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Thirteen people were killed in shootouts on Sunday around the northeastern Mexican city of Matamoros in one of the wo...

Over 100 Women Take Up Arms In Mexico To Defend Community

EFE | Posted 08.20.2013 | Latino Voices

Mexico City (EFE).- More than 100 women in the southern Mexican town of Xaltianguis have taken up arms to protect their community from organized crime...

7 Severed Heads Found By Mexican Highway

Reuters | Posted 09.02.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY, July 3 (Reuters) - Authorities have found seven severed heads stuffed in plastic bags on the edge of a highway near the city of Guadala...

Molly O'Toole

Another Loser In Gun Reform's Failure: Mexico | Molly O'Toole | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

In the debate over reforming U.S. gun laws, opponents and supporters cite powerful statistics: 26 dead, 20 of them children, in the Sandy Hook Element...

American Man Among 4 Killed In Mexican Bar Attack

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.01.2013 | World

A 45-year-old US man was among four people killed when gunmen opened fire in two bars in Mexico's second biggest city, lobbing a grenade in one of the...