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Mexico Drug War

Time for Cooler Heads to Prevail on Migrant Children

Seth M.M. Stodder | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Seth M.M. Stodder

Some would say that instead of providing more funds to care for children, we should crack down by amending the law to allow for summary deportations, and by dramatically increasing our enforcement capabilities at the border. This reflects neither the reality of the problem nor our values as a nation.

Make Art Not War: Portraits of Artists on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Julie Grahame | Posted 09.08.2014 | Arts
Julie Grahame

Photographer Stefan Falke's project La Frontera documents artists who live and work close to the Mexican border with the United States in what used to be some of the world's most dangerous cities.

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.

Tamaulipas, Cradle of Mexico's Drug War, Erupts

Michael Deibert | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Michael Deibert

The Mexican state of Tamaulipas, birthplace of the country's oldest criminal organization, the Gulf Cartel, is again awash in blood.

One War We Should Be Happy To Lose Once And For All

The Daily Beast | Nick Gillespie | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics

It turns out that Dick Cheney isn’t the only Bush administration muckety-muck still fighting the last war....

Homer Simpson Is 'El Chapo' In Prophetic Drug War Series

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 05.01.2014 | Latino Voices

It’s Homer, like you’ve never seen him before. Italian artist aleXandro Palombo transforms the clueless Simpson’s character into some of his...

Breathtaking New Details On The Capture Of The World's Most Wanted Drug Lord

The New Yorker | PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE | Posted 04.28.2014 | World

One afternoon last December, an assassin on board a K.L.M. flight from Mexico City arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. This was not a business ...

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 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.

El Chapo Guzman's Patron Saints

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 04.27.2014 | 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...