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Mexico Drug War

Leader Of Brutal Mexican Drug Cartel Shot Dead

AP | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | Posted 04.01.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said Tuesday that one of the two remaining top leaders of the Knights Templar drug cartel was killed after he r...

Mexico Cracks Down On Vigilantes

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.15.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have finally served notice to vigilantes fighting a drug cartel in western Michoacan state that their illegal...

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

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 03.13.2014 | 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.

El Chapo Guzman's Patron Saints

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 02.25.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

The capture of el Chapo, the world's most powerful drug lord, has thrust his hometown folk saint, Jesus Malverde into the media spotlight.

How Authorities Caught The World's Most-Wanted Drug Lord


MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) — For 13 years Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman watched from western Mexico's rugged mountains as authorities captured or killed the ...

World's Most Wanted Drug Kingpin Arrested

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL and KATHERINE CORCORAN | Posted 02.22.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel was captured overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico, the As...

Mexico Considers Legalizing Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 02.14.2014 | World

Mexico might open up its draconian anti-marijuana laws and legalize the drug, at least that's the hope of some forward-thinking politicians. A bil...

Mexico's 'Drug War' Is Not About Drugs

GlobalPost | Dudley Althaus | Posted 02.10.2014 | Latino Voices

TIERRA COLORADA, Mexico — Major events these days in Mexico's seven-year-long criminal conflict have precious little to do with a war on drugs. I...

The Violent Gang Wars Behind Your Super Bowl Guacamole

The Wall Street Journal | JOSÉ DE CÓRDOBA | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

Americans eat more guacamole for the big game than on any other day of the year, and more of the avocados for the dip are grown in the green hills her...

Mexico Vigilante Groups To Become 'Institutionalized' Under New Deal

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.30.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After months of tacit cooperation with rural vigilantes trying to drive out a vicious drug cartel, the Mexican government has mov...

Violent Knights Templar Boss Nabbed In Mexico

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Mexico said on Monday it had caught a leader of the Knights Templar, a violent drug cartel that has created a major ...

Matt Sledge

The U.S. Is Still Losing The Global War On Drugs | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

NEW YORK -- Inside the United States, a long and largely ineffective campaign to eradicate drugs is gradually evolving into acceptance of one key subs...

Mexico Sends In Security Forces After Clashes Between Drug Traffickers And Vigilante Groups

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 03.16.2014 | World

APATZINGAN, Mexico (AP) — Federal forces will take over security in a large swath of a western Mexico state where firefights between vigilante group...

DEA Negotiated With Mexican Drug Cartel Members, Report Says

Posted 01.25.2014 | World

Agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Justice Department officials have met in secret with members of Mexican drug cartels in exchang...

Jesus Malverde: Not Just a Narcosaint

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

While many Americans are now familiar with Santa Muerte, her less known paisano or compatriot, fellow Mexican folk saint Jesús Malverde is increasingly visible on both sides of the border. Some might have seen him in AMC's Breaking Bad.

The Frightening 'Disappearances' In Mexico's Drug War

The Record | Nik Steinberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

BENITO JUÁREZ, Mexico – The day that 17-year-old Israel Arenas Durán disappeared began, like most, with his mother making him breakfast. He ate wi...

Philippines Wants To know How Mexican Drug Cartel Entered

AP | Posted 12.27.2013 | Latino Voices

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government says it is closely investigating how a Mexican drug cartel has entered the country after police...

Teenage Cartel Hitman Released In Mexico Will Return To U.S.

AP | Posted 11.27.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A teenage U.S. citizen who acknowledged being a drug-cartel killer has finished his three year juvenile-offender term for homicid...

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...

Cycling For Asylum

Fox News Latino | Andrew O'Reilly | Posted 11.01.2013 | Latino Voices

Somewhere on the outskirts of Marfa, Texas, Carlos Gutiérrez grits his teeth in pain as a salty sweat runs down his brow and into his eyes. He’s be...

Drug Cartel Attack Leaves 11 Mexican Towns Without Electricity

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.27.2013 | World

Unidentified assailants armed with guns and Molotov cocktails attacked power stations in a violence-torn western Mexican state Sunday, leaving 11 town...

New NSA Mexico Leaks Raise Questions on U.S. Security Programs

Laura Carlsen | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

The latest analysis of Edward Snowden's leaked documents by the German magazine Der Spiegel is a bombshell for Mexico.

Was the CIA Behind 'Kiki' Camarena's Murder? Investigative Journalists and Congress Must Follow Up

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 12.15.2013 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

In these days the media is obsessed with the budget negotiations, but we do need good investigative journalists to follow this story's thread.

WATCH: This Latin American City Makes Move Toward Marijuana Legalization

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.15.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Legislators in Mexico City are planning to draft legislation that would decriminalize marijuana use. HuffPost Live’s Ahmed Shihab-Eldin took a close...

Mexico's Crackdown On Drugs Spurs Extortion Wave

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 12.14.2013 | World

MEXICO CITY — MEXICO CITY (AP) — When the threatening phone calls demanding $20,000 in protection money began in December, Dr. Roman Gomez Gav...