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Drugs Aren't Top Source Of Income For Cartel

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 03.17.2014 | Latino Voices

LAZARO CARDENAS, Mexico (AP) — Forget crystal meth. The pseudo-religious Knights Templar drug cartel in western Mexico has diversified to the point ...

Things Aren't Going That Well For Mexico's Vigilante Movement

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.12.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's vigilante "self-defense" groups have been riven by internal disputes after driving the vicious Knights Templar drug cart...

Officials: Man Killed In Shootout Was Cartel Leader Reported Dead In 2010

AP | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 03.09.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Forensic evidence indicates a man killed in an early morning shootout with marines in western Mexico was a leader of the Knights ...

Mexican Police Stop Protest For Drug Kingpin

AP | Posted 03.03.2014 | Latino Voices

CULIACAN, Mexico (AP) — Police in northern Mexico detained about 40 people Sunday who were apparently planning to demonstrate in support of captured...

Guatemala: Fighting for the Future

Barbara Borst | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Barbara Borst

Claudia Paz y Paz sits at the center of the struggle for justice in Guatemala. As the public prosecutor, or national attorney general, she has launched investigations and prosecutions that have put both drug lords and war criminals in jail. But she has been told to step down in May.

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.

Alleged Cartel Leader's Son Captured By Mexican Troops

AP | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 01.31.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers and marines captured the son of the alleged leader of a drug cartel during a raid Thursday near the western city...

Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses

Avinash Tharoor | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business
Avinash Tharoor

The hypocrisy of the role that banks play in the drug trade is particularly disgraceful when considering the recent system of marijuana regulation that was introduced in Colorado.

Mexican Director Amat Escalante Speaks About Being on Martin Scorsese's Jury in Marrakech

Karin Badt | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

"I came because of Martin Scorsese," Mexican director Amat Escalante said, explaining his reason for accepting a position as member of the jury at the...

'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...

Three Myths About the Marijuana Lobby

Rob Kampia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Now that support for making marijuana legal has reached 58 percent nationwide, opponents of marijuana legalization are now trotting out arguments that were only used in impolite company years ago.

Human Rights Group Hails Alleged Torture Victim's Release

AP | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO | Posted 11.08.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- MEXICO CITY (AP) — Human rights groups hailed on Thursday a Mexican Supreme Court decision to free a man who claimed soldiers torture...

Muslim Leader Attends Counterterrorism Seminar, Nearly Gets Banned

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY -- OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The leader of a Muslim advocacy group in Oklahoma attended a law enforcement seminar Friday at the state Capit...

Cartel Clashes With Vigilante Groups

AP | GUSTAVO RUIZ and MARK STEVENSON | Posted 10.29.2013 | Latino Voices

MORELIA, Mexico -- MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Clashes in which self-described "self-defense" forces sought to oust the Knights Templar drug cartel from ...

WATCH: New Film Delves Into Drug Culture In Mexico

VOXXI | Afroxander | Posted 10.17.2013 | Latino Voices

At this point, most everyone is familiar with the drug war in Mexico, the devastation it has caused and the thousands left dead in its wake over nearl...

From We're the Millers to The Bridge, Woe Is Mexico -- Couldn't We Pick on Some Other Country for a Change?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Holly Robinson

There are plenty of reasons to hate the movie We're the Millers, starting with Jennifer Aniston's striptease in a ...

Why Mexicans Are Seeking Asylum In The US

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT and MARK STEVENSON | Posted 10.04.2013 | Latino Voices

SAN DIEGO -- SAN DIEGO (AP) — Elizabeth Silva was walking her younger sister to school when two hooded men burst into her house and pumped three bul...

Marijuana Cops Having Fun In The Forests

Jeffrey Dean Schwartz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Crime
Jeffrey Dean Schwartz

t is ludicrous we waste so much time, energy, manpower and money on marijuana eradication as if it the money flows from a fountain while meth, heroin and child molestation destroy our children.

Syria: A Limited Air Strike Is an Act of War

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

If the Obama administration drags the U.S., kicking and screaming, into another war in the Middle East, then the mounting death and violence in Mexico and Central America are guaranteed to remain a sideshow to the U.S.

Same Old Drug War For Mexico's New Government

AP | KATHERINE CORCORAN | Posted 10.18.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — With the capture of two top drug lords in little more than a month, the new government of President Enrique Pena Nieto is followin...

U.S. Official: Leader Of Brutal Mexican Drug Cartel Captured

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 09.14.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel, was captured before dawn Monday in th...

Mexican Officials Who Allegedly Aided Drug Cartels Go Free

AP | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | Posted 07.05.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- A Mexican judge on Thursday ordered the release of five high-ranking army officials accused of aiding a drug cartel after federal prose...

Beauty Queens Become Narco Wives

VOXXI | Johanna Mendelson Forman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Latino Voices

When we think of trophy wives we immediately see an image of a rich old white man with a beautiful young woman on his arm. Not so in Latin America. ...

Extortions On The Rise In Mexico

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 05.30.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- There has been a huge increase in the number of businesses reporting extortion attempts by drug cartels in Mexico, according to a surve...

Can President Nieto Deliver the Goods?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Breaking the monopoly of Mr. Slim and reforming Pemex would be a good start, and would also serve to demonstrate that the PRI is indeed interested in moving Mexico forward. It will take every ounce of his determination and perseverance to make it a reality.