On February 17, as the Pope visited the border region of El Paso-Ciudad Juárez before returning to Rome, I shot a papal mass. My goal was to concentrate on the feeling of the day and not on the man who came into town.
We talked to people in the former "murder capital" of Juarez about Pope Francis's tough talk on cartel violence ahead of his speech there Wednesday.
Carlos Villalón's upcoming book, Coca: The Lost War, follows the coca plant from the fields of Colombia to the murders of Mexico.
Lucha libre is a freak show, but it's an inclusive freak show, starring women, old guys, and gay guys—yes, the sport features gay crossdressers known as exóticos.
The Snail is the best pickpocket in Ciudad Juárez. He's stealthily snatched wallets and cash from politicians in Sonora, federal police officers in Durango, and undercover cops in Mexicali tasked with his arrest. He's retired now, running a soup kitchen o…
For the past three years, a group of teenagers calling themselves the Messenger Angels have been taking to the streets of Ciudad Juárez covered in silver paint and glitter, wearing thick white robes and huge feathered wings, and holding hand-painted signs…
The cartels of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, are at war with a group of Mormons, some of whom are related to Mitt Romney.
We talk to Romney's Mexican relatives about the time a family member was held for ransom by the cartel.
We learn what Mitt's Mexican cousins think about his strict immigration policies.
The Mexican drug cartels are at war... with Mormons. In Part 4, the Mormons illegally arm themselves and implement counter-terrorism techniques the US military used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cartel boss "El Rikin" executes his revenge against a local Mormon community leader.
The Mexican drug cartels are at war... with Mormons. VICE founder Shane Smith went down to Ciudad Juárez, near the US border, to investigate this bizarre story. Here's Part 2 of our documentary about guns, drugs, murder, and Romneys.
The Mexican drug cartels are at war... with Mormons. VICE founder Shane Smith went down to Ciudad Juárez, near the US border, to investigate this bizarre story. Here's Part 1 of our documentary filled with guns, drugs, murder, and Romneys.
Around four people are killed in Ciudad Juarez every day, mostly because of warring drug cartels. That's 400 percent higher than the city's murder rate was five years ago.
In Ciudad Juarez, women are assassinated, kidnapped, and abused by the police as well as the gangsters. These women are the passengers on Lety's bus.