Six women murdered each day as femicide in Mexico nears a pandemic

The carnage isn’t just in border town Juárez, with the largest number of victims in province of Mexico state.

Al Jazeera, By Judith Matloff, January 4

Atizapan De Zaragoza, Mexico — José Diego Suárez Padilla has converted his home into a shrine to his daughter, Rosa Diana. Windows fashioned after her blue eyes stare out […]

Protests in Mexico Over Missing Students are Biggest in Years

GlobalPost, By Ioan Grillo, October 24

Mexico City — The fathers of the disappeared students took to the stage one by one. They spoke of their sons’ hopes of becoming teachers, of the last time they saw them, of their agony in going almost a month with no news after they vanished.

As one dad […]

Vatican Reverses Anti-Liberation Policies in Mexico

Religion Dispatches, By Ruth Chojnacki & Jennifer Scheper Hughes, June 24

Late last month Mexican Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel announced that after a 14 year church-ordered suspension of the rite, indigenous deacons would again be ordained in the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas—where the local church serves a largely Maya population.

A […]

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico’s Most Notorious Drug Cartel

Business Insider, By Michael Kelley, January 13

An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.

Sinaloa, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” […]

Blow to NRA as court allows US to track gun sales in states on Mexican border

(The Guardian) – The National Rifle Association has suffered a rare setback in its crusade to block new gun regulations after a federal appeals court allowed the US government to go ahead with a plan to reduce the smuggling of semi-automatic weapons across the Mexican border.

The new rules, introduced by Barack Obama under his […]

Brief update–the passing of Oscar Cabello

I haven’t written much of late. Between a hectic schedule and a feeling of helplessness/uselessness it hardly seems worth the time. That’s not to say that important matters have not arisen.

Among those is the recent passing of my friend Oscar Cabello. Those of you that have read Contrabando should remember the name.


U.S. role at a crossroads in Mexico’s intelligence war on the cartels

Washington Post, By Dana Priest, April 27

Mexico City — For the past seven years, Mexico and the United States have put aside their tension-filled history on security matters to forge an unparalleled alliance against Mexico’s drug cartels, one based on sharing sensitive intelligence, U.S. training and joint operational planning.

But now, much of that […]

‘They stole our dreams': blogger reveals cost of reporting Mexico’s drug wars

The Guardian Exclusive:

For three years it has chronicled Mexico’s drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, acclaim, denunciations – and speculation about its author’s identity.

Blog del Narco, an internet sensation dubbed a “front-row seat” to Mexico’s agony over drugs, has become a must-read […]

Endangering Women Human Rights Defenders

by Christine Ahn and Erika Guevara-Rosas

(Originally posted by Foreign Policy in Focus, republished under a Creative Commons license)

With the U.S. elections now over, many are speculating over who will succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State to oversee U.S. foreign policy and the $47-billion U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) annual budget. While […]

UN Says US Uses Excessive Force On Mexican Border

The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights told reporters “”The reports reaching me are that there has been excessive use of force by the U.S. border patrols while they are enforcing the immigration laws,” Reuters reports.

The family of a Mexican teen shot dead when the U.S. Border Patrol opened fire on a group of […]

130 prisoners escape Mexican jail through tunnel

Authorities question prison employees as police begin massive search near US border after mass jailbreak in Piedras Negras

More than 130 inmates escaped through a tunnel from a prison in northern Mexico on Monday, setting off a massive search by police and soldiers in an area close to the US border.

Authorities in Coahuila state […]

In Mexico’s murder city, the war appears over

When this city was among the most murderous in the world, the morgue ran out of room, the corpses stacked to the ceiling in the wheezing walk-in freezers.

Medical examiners, in plastic boots, performed a dozen autopsies a day as families of victims waited outside in numbers sufficient to require a line.

For all this, […]

Police replaced at Mexico City airport

Mexico’s federal police have replaced all 348 officers responsible for security at the capital’s biggest airport after three agents were killed by corrupt colleagues smuggling drugs from Peru.

The Ministry of Public Security said the officers had been reassigned to different states.

One of the three police agents sought in the June 25 shooting at […]

Mexico declares bird flu 'emergency'

The Mexican government has declared a national animal health emergency in the face of an aggressive bird flu epidemic that has infected nearly 1.7 million poultry.

More than half the infected birds have died or been culled, the agriculture ministry said of an epidemic that was confirmed on Friday by the UN’s Food and Agriculture […]

Exit Polls Say Ex-Ruling Party Wins in Mexico

Mexico’s former longtime ruling party, promising to put the country back in the big leagues of emerging economies, appeared to handily win presidential elections Sunday, capping a remarkable comeback.

Exit polls by three polling companies showed Enrique Peña Nieto, a telegenic former governor of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, with at least a 10-point […]