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Smog over Mexico City: bad air quality has led to limits on when people can drive their cars in the city. ilai/flickr

How corruption is hurting Mexico City’s efforts to tackle air pollution

Mexico City is suffering through an air quality crisis this spring, but institutional corruption is making the proposed solution – restricting car usage – ineffective.
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…

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