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Mexico Drug War

Not Just Ayotzinapa: A Day in a Narco-Ravaged Mexican City

Delia M. Arias De Leon | Posted 12.24.2014 | College
Delia M. Arias De Leon

So much continues to go unreported in Mexico's Narco-ravaged cities. This becomes especially jarring when you've been living in Boston for the better part of the last year. This is what a normal day looks like at home.

Are You Outraged by the Drug War Yet?

Julie Netherland | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Julie Netherland

This holiday season, a time when I am normally filled with thoughts of light and hope, I find myself reflecting on the horrors of our failed war on drugs.

Elena Poniatowska: 'As a Mexican, I Am Ashamed'

Sergio Muñoz Bata | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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's Military in the Eye of Ayotzinapa Storm

Ted Lewis | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Ted Lewis

When Iguala, Guerrero municipal police and masked men in unmarked black uniforms opened fire on unarmed students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college last September, killing six people and kidnapping 43 students, they lit the fuse of a national crisis.

Mexico Protests: 'I Am Fed Up With Fear'

Mary Speck | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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.

Week to Week News Quiz for 11/14/14

John Zipperer | Posted 11.14.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Defy congressional critics by exercising your own executive action and take our latest Week to Week news quiz.

Enough! Mexico Is Ready to Explode

Homero Aridjis | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Homero Aridjis

Today all Mexico resounds with the cry "They took them alive, we want them back alive". If the 43 are ever found, and they are dead (why and where would their abductors be hiding them?), all hell may break loose. Are the president and his cabinet ready for a major upheaval? Police, politicians and judges have been bought off or put into office by the cartels. Mexicans are fed up with living in a pervasive state of corruption and impunity.

Mexico Offers Large Reward As Search For Missing Students Intensifies

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.22.2014 | World

As the search for 43 missing students continues, the Mexican government is offering a reward of 1.5 million pesos ($111,000) for information about the...

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

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT and MARTIN DURAN and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN | Posted 02.23.2014 | World

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...