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El Chapo

Mexican president AMLO linked to new corruption allegation in El Chapo trial

A former campaign official from Andrés Manuel López Obrador's failed bid for president in 2006 is accused of taking a bribe from a Sinaloa cartel leader.
Keegan Hamilton
El Chapo

Felipe Calderón has no regrets about his bloody war against Mexico’s cartels

We spoke with the former Mexican president about El Chapo, the drug war, and killing kingpins.
Keegan Hamilton

One Man Dissolved Dozens of Bodies and Dumped Them in This Mass Grave in Mexico

Eight years ago, Santiago Meza admitted to carrying out horrible acts on behalf of drug cartels. The authorities still haven't sentenced him, but on the land in Tijuana where he "worked," the evidence continues to pile up.
Laura Sánchez Ley

After years of decline, Mexico's murder rate is heading back to peak drug war levels

Renewed cartel violence in the first half of this year pushed up Mexico's murder rate by about 15 percent.
Nathaniel Janowitz
crime & drugs

Cartels Are Displacing an Indigenous Group That's Lived in This Mexican State for Centuries

Rarámuri communities in the Tarahumara mountain range in northern Mexico are being pushed off their land and forced to flee because violent drug cartels in the area are expanding their presence and tightening their violent control.
Dromómanos, CIDE, and VICE News

Mexican General Who Led the 'Death Platoon' Will Go to Prison for Torture and Murder

General Manuel de Jesús Moreno Aviña was convicted of one case, though he allegedly a wider rule of terror in a small border town, and even oversaw the resale of drugs his forces seized.
Alan Hernandez
crime & drugs

Mexico Will Never Win Its War on Drugs — But It's Going to Keep Fighting Anyway

Few countries have as clear an incentive as Mexico to seek alternatives to the hardline drug policies that have brought so much bloodshed, but there are also few signs that the government is interested in trying anything very different.
Nathaniel Janowitz

'Say Nice Things About Acapulco': Mexican Governor Urges Media Silence on Violence

The appeal for a “pact of silence” in the beleaguered southern state of Guerrero is the latest effort by a Mexican politicians to look on the bright side of the country’s security crisis. Most have backfired.
Gabriela Gorbea

Mexico's Efforts to Tackle Police Corruption Keep Failing

A government police reform proposed in the wake of police involvement in the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 seeks to eliminate municipal forces, but the problem of extreme corruption goes much deeper.
Paul Imison

The Mexican Government Isn't Thrilled With a New Report on Torture and Illegal Killings

A highly-critical report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights triggered a vehement rebuttal from the government that called it "biased" and "unfounded."
Alan Hernandez

Biden Tells Mexico That Some of the Rhetoric of ‘The Other Team’ Is ‘Dangerous’

Meanwhile, former Mexican president Vicente Fox directly responds to Trump's promise that Mexico will fund the wall he wants to build on the border: "I'm not going to pay for that fucking wall!"
Reuters and VICE News

Pope Francis Tells Mexican Priests Not to Resign Themselves to the Drug Wars

The Pope was speaking in the beleaguered state of Michoacán where a military-led offensive nearly a decade ago kicked off Mexico’s bloody drug wars. At least 28 priests have been killed since then.
Alan Hernandez