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Placards featuring portraits of murdered journalists were used during a February 11, 2016 demonstration, which took place after reporter Anabel Flores was found dead on a highway in Puebla. Edgard Garrido/Reuters

With bodies piling up, the war on Mexican journalists has no end in sight

As recently as 10 years ago, Mexico had a press freedom index on par with the United States. How did everything fall apart so quickly?
The Power of the Dog and The Cartel reflect real-life concerns in Mexico’s drug war. AAP Image/NEWZULU/Irving Cabrera Torres

Drug war capitalism in Mexico and the novels of Don Winslow

Recent events in Mexico's drug war could easily have been depicted in Don Winslow's twin novels The Power of the Dog and The Cartel. Drug war capitalism is, at times, stranger than fiction.
The extensive preparations for Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s escape from the maximum-security Altiplano prison took place within sight of its watchtowers. AAP/Newzulu/Irving Cabrera Torres

‘El Chapo’ jailbreak is both a Mexican and an American story

'El Chapo's' jailbreak seemingly confirms American narratives that represent Mexico as a corrupt, sluggish and failing state. Overlooked is America's own role in the rise of powerful drug cartels.
Sailing illegally toward Europe Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Migrants at sea: the missing context

The headlines about thousands of migrants losing their lives at sea are shocking. But as news consumers we hear little about the context pushing these people to leave their homes.
Anti-government messages on Mexico City streets: “Phony government that shoots at students.” Tomas Bravo/Reuters

Murder and the Mexican state

Most murders in the United States are well hidden. Popular tourist cities like Chicago, New Orleans and Washington D.C. have homicide rates substantially higher than the national average. At times they…
Oil sales before human rights? EPA/Sashenka Gutierrez

Business as usual in Mexico despite 43 murdered students

The killing of 43 student teachers in Mexico has alerted the world to the country’s deteriorating human rights record. While the US and EU governments have expressed concern, others – including the UK…
Mattresses thrown over a playground at the Gran Familia children’s home, Zamora. EPA

Millions of Mexican minors work to survive or risk lives to escape

The recent rescue of 458 children and 138 adults from the Gran Familia refuge in the city of Zamora in the state of Michoacán is another grim illustration of the plight of many unprotected and vulnerable…
Carlos Slim will simply stick his fingers into different pies. EPA

Carlos Slim’s empire broken up but oligarchs still control Mexico

Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim, the world’s second richest man, has announced he intends to break up his América Móvil telecoms empire to comply with anti-trust reforms introduced by the country’s…

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