Andrea Noel

americas

The US Government Accidentally Helped Arm El Chapo

A military-grade weapon found at a hideout used by El Chapo shortly before he was captured was one of about 2,000 guns that the failed ATF operation Fast and Furious allowed into Mexico.
Andrea Noel
1.22.16
drugs and crime

Sex, Snacks, and Soccer: How Mexican Drug Lords End Up Captured

El Chapo's now famous mobile conversations with actress Kate del Castillo while he was Mexico's most wanted fugitive are just one of many examples of seeming carelessness that has brought down capos who are supposed to be experts in security.
Andrea Noel
1.20.16
VICE News

Sean Penn, Who? — The Leaked Messages Between El Chapo and Kate del Castillo

A series of flirtatious mobile phone messages between the drug lord and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, when he was still a fugitive, appear to show him both somewhat careless with his security, as well as ignorant of Hollywood royalty.
Andrea Noel
1.14.16
americas

The Year the 'Pink Tide' Turned: Latin America in 2015

A new right wing president in Argentina and the gathering force of the opposition in Venezuela has left the longtime dominance of leftist governments in Latin America looking shaky.
Andrea Noel
12.29.15
americas

Armed Robberies and Gunfire Reach Mexico City's Hippest Barrios

Violent attacks on bars, gunfights in the streets, and deaths related to extortion are common in many parts of Mexico, but the hipster neighborhoods of La Roma and Condesa were supposed to be safe havens
Andrea Noel
12.16.15
Steve Aoki

Bootleg Steve Aoki Merch Sold Outside Gig in Mexico City Apparently a Flop

We tried to find out why a lot of illegal vendors went home empty-handed after the DJ's appearance in the country's capital this month.
Andrea Noel
11.16.15
mexico

'I Got Mugged in Mexico City, and Going to the Police Just Made Shit Worse'

Because cops in Mexico.
Andrea Noel
10.5.15
mexico

Mexican Drug Gang Leader Arrested in Mexico For Dismembering New York Blogger

An unnamed Mexican official told reporters that blogger Harry Devert had been murdered because he was believed to be a US agent traveling in the Tierra Caliente region, known for its several local cartels.
Andrea Noel
8.26.15
americas

Mexico Has Bought a Toaster Oven-Sized Payload for a Mission to the Moon

The mission to the Moon is expected to be a boost for Mexico after the failed launch in May of the Centenario satellite, which fell apart while leaving Earth.
Andrea Noel
6.25.15
americas

El Salvador Just Had Its Most Violent Month Since the End of the Civil War

After the dismantling of the gang truce in El Salvador last year, violent crime has risen steadily. May saw 635 killings, a 32 percent increase over March, the previous deadliest month.
Andrea Noel
6.2.15
americas

Video Shows Shoddy and Shady Investigation Tainted Evidence After Argentine Prosecutor Nisman's Death

Video shows half a dozen people wandering around the crime scene, including the dead prosecutor's mother and Security Minister Sergio Berni, as investigators seemingly follow little or no protocol.
Andrea Noel
6.1.15
americas

Venezuela's Currency Has Taken a Nosedive

The bolivar was trading at 402 for each US dollar on the black market on Friday afternoon, not a good sign for cash-strapped Venezuelans.
Andrea Noel
5.29.15
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