Jan-Albert Hootsen

americas

Mexican teachers aren't backing down after eight died in clashes with police

The bloodbath at a highway blockade has become a symbol of how explosive politics can been in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. It has also brought criticism raining down on the government’s use of live ammunition.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
6.24.16
Crime & Drugs

El Chapo's hometown may be under attack from a rival, also nicknamed El Chapo

El Chapo's mother reportedly left La Tuna, a small village in the Sinaloan sierra, in a helicopter fleeing the violence. Locals speak of rising tensions as a rival cartel moves into the territory, led by El Chapo Isidro.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
6.17.16
americas

Mexican Soccer Player Alan Pulido Is Rescued After Kidnapping

The authorities say that the carelessness of his kidnappers allowed the Olympiakos player to make a phone call to the police shortly after he was abducted in his violence-torn home state of Tamaulipas.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
5.30.16
VICE News

El Chapo's Top Lawyer Talks About What It's Like Defending an Infamous Drug Lord

José Refugio Rodríguez disclosed details about the Chapo's legal strategy in the face of possible extradition. He also said the kingpin remains determined to make a movie about his life, and discussed Sean Penn’s betrayal of Kate del Castillo
Jan-Albert Hootsen
3.10.16
americas

The Bodyguards of Mexico's Elite Are Getting Out of Control

The private security industry, built to protect the nation’s business and political elites from kidnappings, robberies, and assassinations, is being exposed as a vehicle for the rich and powerful to live above the law.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
3.9.16
Crime & Drugs

El Chapo Really Liked to Visit His Mom in the Mountains, Locals Say

In tiny mountain hamlets where Chapo grew up in poverty, locals say the kingpin visited his mother several times between his spectacular jailbreak in July and his dramatic recapture last Friday that has left some feeling abandoned.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
1.13.16
mexico

City Reels After Its New Mayor Is Murdered a Day After She Took Office

Over 70 mayors have been killed over the last ten years in Mexico but while many have been rumored to have made deals with criminal groups, Gisela Mota enjoyed a clean reputation.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
1.4.16
Crime & Drugs

Opposition to Weed Legalization Unites Mexico's President With One of His Harshest Critics

After many years seemingly fighting a doomed battle, pro-legalizers have the winds of change in their favor as the government prepares a national debate on marijuana. But opponents are also getting more vocal — some of them from surprising places.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
1.1.16
americas

Mexican Soccer Idol Cuau Is Bringing His Antics to Being Mayor of Cuernavaca

The famed creator of the Blanco Bounce first swore when he won the election, then he disappeared for months, and now he's in a scrap with the state governor and the city council he accused of plotting against him.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
12.31.15
americas

The Year Latin Americans Got Angry About Corruption

Latin Americans took to the streets during 2015 to protest against a flurry of staggering corruption scandals across the region. But while they won some battles, it is still far from clear if they can win the war.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
12.30.15
americas

Excavations Uncover Details About the Aztec Town Where Spaniards Were Sacrificed

Life for the 5,000 inhabitants of Zúltepec was simple, until the town became a ceremonial center housing hundreds of prisoners from a Spanish-led caravan who were ritually sacrificed and probably eaten.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
11.29.15
mexico

We Visited the End of the Tunnel Where 'El Chapo' Made His Brazen Jailbreak

From this 20-inch wide hole a mile from a maximum-security prison, it's anyone's guess where Joaquin Guzman went next.
Jan-Albert Hootsen
7.13.15
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