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The Mexican Federal Police Don't Have Public Standards on When to Shoot People

Laura Weiss | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Laura Weiss

The Mexican Federal Police, Mexico's primary public security institution, does not have a public manual on the use-of-force, meaning no current standards define when a member of the police can use force, including lethal, on another person.

REPORTS: Mexican Police Allegedly Killed 16 Unarmed People In January

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY, April 19 (Reuters) - Three media outlets said on Sunday that Mexican federal police killed 16 unarmed people in two separate attacks in...

30 Years of Mexico and Me

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 09.22.2014 | Latino Voices
R. Andrew Chesnut

I first came to Mexico to visit my college girlfriend in the summer of 1984, and over the past three decades have returned numerous times to visit relatives, conduct research and travel throughout this beautiful country.

La Michoacana Ice Cream: Stubborn Peter Pans or Viable Economic Model?

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 08.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

To anyone far removed from the Wall St. titans of finance, it would seem that this huge chain of ice-cream stores is a model for successful business. This was my impression until a couple of weeks ago when I read "Business in Mexico: The Peter Pan Syndrome," published in The Economist.

San Hugo Chavez and San Naza Moreno: Latin America's Newest Saints

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

What we can be sure of is the enduring vitality of grassroots religious practice in Latin America beyond the pale of institutional Christianity.

Drugs, Cock Fights and Iron Ore -- a Chinese Connection to the Michoacán Crisis?

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 04.12.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

I look forward to investigative reporters digging deeper into the causes and consequences of the current Michoacán crisis to help us understand the many layers that lay behind a conflict that is often reported as one between evil extortionists and a noble popular uprising.

Returning Migrants and the Michoacán Autodefensas - An Entangled Past, Present, and Future

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 04.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

We cannot yet speak about a new Mexican Revolution, but we can affirm with some certainty that the current uprising in Michoacán is transforming the way the Mexican state relates to its people.

Mexican Government Now Faces With Vigilantes

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices

APATZINGAN, Mexico (AP) — Armed vigilantes who have taken control of territory in lawless Michoacan state could turn into the very sort of organized...

3 Human Heads Found In Mexico

AP | GUSTAVO RUIZ | Posted 09.27.2013 | World

MORELIA, Mexico -- Police found three human heads Thursday in a roundabout near a small town in western Mexico where "self-defense" vigilantes have cl...

6 Gunned Down In Mexico's Michoacan

AP | Posted 10.12.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials say gunmen burst into a home in the western state of Michoacan and opened fire, killing seven people and woundin...

At Least 22 Killed In Mexican Shootout

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 09.23.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's rough western state of Michoacan, producer of avocados and waves of migrants, is proving just as painful a thorn in the s...

In Tense Mexican State, Vigilantes Refuse To Disarm

Agence France Presse | Leticia Pineda | Posted 07.23.2013 | World

Farmers wearing bulletproof vests and toting assault rifles ride in pick-up trucks emblazoned with the word "self-defense" to protect this rural Mexic...

Mexican Drug Cartel Torches Western State

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 07.22.2013 | World

LA RUANA, Mexico — The farm state of Michoacan is burning. A drug cartel that takes its name from an ancient monastic order has set fire to lumb...

Troops Free Mexican Town From Cartel Siege

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 07.21.2013 | World

COALCOMAN, Mexico — Mexico's top security officials promised Tuesday that a new federal offensive to rescue towns besieged by the Knights Templa...

PHOTO: 7 Executed And Left On Mexican Roundabout

Posted 03.26.2013 | World

A gruesome photo out of Mexico appears to show the bodies of seven men, propped up in plastic chairs on a busy traffic circle. All appear to have been...

14 Killed In Mexico Drug Violence

AP | Posted 05.24.2013 | World

MORELIA, Mexico -- Authorities say the bodies of seven men were found in plastic chairs placed along the side of a street in the drug-plagued Mexican ...

The Minor Miracles Of Morelia, Mexico

Bob Schulman | Posted 10.14.2012 | Travel
Bob Schulman

So how many matches have actually come about? Martinez says she hears about some wishes coming true from time to time, but she doesn't keep count.

Mexico's Amazing Copper Captial

Bob Schulman | Posted 12.06.2012 | Travel
Bob Schulman

If you like things made out of copper, you'll love the little village of Santa Clara del Cobre out in the boonies of the western Mexican state of Michoacan. Here, the cobbled streets are lined with hundreds of shops selling everything from copper jewelry to copper vases, pots and frying pans to huge copper bathtubs -- and all at stunningly low prices.

Mutilated, Naked Bodies Dumped On Highway

AP | ARTURO PEREZ NAVARRO | Posted 11.16.2012 | World

JALISCO, Mexico — The dismembered bodies of 17 men were found Sunday on a farm in a part of central Mexico disputed by violent drug cartels, off...

Missing Mexican Navy Helicopter Found

AP | Posted 06.27.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico says it has sighted the remains of a Navy helicopter that went missing five days ago with four crew members aboard. The Navy sa...

Paramedics, Salesman Murdered In Mexico

AP | Posted 08.03.2012 | World

MORELIA, Mexico — Police in Mexico have found the tortured bodies of three young paramedics and a salesman with gunshot wounds along a highway i...

13 Bodies Found At Mexican Gas Station

AP | OLGA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 03.10.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's government allowed a group of undercover U.S. anti-drug agents and their Colombian informant to launder millions in cash ...

2 Men And U.S. Teen Found Dead On Roadside In Mexico

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 02.26.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY — The body of a U.S. teenager was found in the trunk of a burned-out car in western Mexico along with the bodies of two other youths...

Mexican President's Sister Trails In Governor Race

AP | KATHERINE CORCORAN | Posted 01.14.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY — The party that held a lock on power in Mexico for seven decades appears to have won a key state election before the country's pres...

The Powerful Appeal of Opera To Ethnic Communities (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

In 1964, when a new musical based on the tales of Sholem Aleichem began its pre-Broadway tryout in Detroit, the producers feared the show might be "to...