It’s not just power-hungry pot farms: the connection between drugs and oil and gas industry runs deep.
It's not just energy-hungry pot farms: the ties between energy and drugs run deep. Can we develop a national drug policy drawing on the lessons of the domestic oil and gas boom?
Smog over Mexico City: bad air quality has led to limits on when people can drive their cars in the city.
Mexico City is suffering through an air quality crisis this spring, but institutional corruption is making the proposed solution – restricting car usage – ineffective.
When Mexico looks at Donald Trump, this is what it sees.
The Republican frontrunner's anti-Mexican rants have shocked the US – but Mexicans have heard it all before.
The beverage industry provided shops in Mexico with free fridges.
All eyes have been on Mexico since they imposed a tax on sugary drinks – and now the data is in.
On February 29, night suddenly becomes day.
Was it a UFO? Was it a high-tech plane? Here's what lucky people really saw over Scotland on February 29.
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.
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?
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While bankers are still free to launder and hide dirty money, arresting one of the Cartel baddies won't change anything.
On the US-Mexican border.
A recent study shows Donald Trump is out of date when he claims "people are pouring across our southern border".
Guatemalans demand the prosecution of their now-ex-president, Otto Pérez.
With anti-corruption feeling at an all-time high, a populist comedian has swept to power in Guatemala, while Brazil's president is facing furious calls for impeachment.
A classic villainous smirk.
Both Netflix's Narcos and the documentary Cartel Land fall into the trap of sensationalising violence and in doing so horribly simplify the story.
The Power of the Dog and The Cartel reflect real-life concerns in Mexico’s drug war.
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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 awful combination of impunity, corruption and violence in which a group of Mexican students were abducted persists to this day.
The extensive preparations for Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s escape from the maximum-security Altiplano prison took place within sight of its watchtowers.
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'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.
The occupation of Chilapa, underway.
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As Mexico limbers up for a national poll, its neglected and corrupt institutions are unable to curb a terrible wave of violence.
Sailing illegally toward Europe
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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.
Enough is enough.
After days of national and international scorn, Mexican authorities finally released 11 persons who were arrested during protests against the disappearance of 43 students in September. President Enrique…
Anti-government messages on Mexico City streets: “Phony government that shoots at students.”
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?
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…
Vigilantes in south central Mexico were turned into an official rural force.
Mexico’s problems with organised crime have certainly come to a head this year. We have seen the high-profile arrests of cartel bosses Joaquin Guzman Loera in February and now also Hector Beltran Leyva…
Mexico must manage its reserves well to transition to a sustainable energy future.
Following President Lázaro Cárdenas’ expropriation of foreign oil company assets in 1938, the oil industry has been a symbol of Mexican sovereignty. This made the state oil firm Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex…