Meet the hitman and the vigilante who say they're trapped inside Mexico’s drug wars
The government claims it has crushed the Knights Templar cartel in its bastion in the state of Michoacán. These two fighters tell a different story.
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.
What It’s Like to Be a Priest in the Trouble Spots the Pope is Visiting in Mexico
The Pope is heading for Chiapas, Michoacán, and Ciudad Juárez. Local priests talk about working in places where indigenous traditions mean chickens are sacrificed in church, poor farmers ask if it's ok to grow drugs, and where cartels rule.
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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.
Mexico's Human Rights Watchdog Says Excessive Force by Federal Police Killed Six
The watchdog said the deaths occurred following an operation in January to crack down on vigilantes in the city of Apatzingan in the heart of the troubled Hot Land region of the state of Michoacan.
Melissa del Pozo
We Talked to One of Mexico's Leading Vigilantes
The former leader of a group of vigilantes in Mexico has just been released from prison, and is now eyeing a career in politics. VICE News speaks with Hipólito Mora about life after his release.
Illuminati Art: Inside the Aesthetics of a Modern Conspiracy
The New World Order may not exist—but that doesn’t mean we wouldn't know what it would look like if it did.
Tanja M. Laden
Mexican Town Blames 12-Year-Old’s Death on Military Gunfire in Vigilante Dispute
Community leaders said Mexican soldiers fired indiscriminately, killing Edilberto Reyes and injuring six others in the restive state of Michoacan.
Charbell Lucio and Laura Castellanos
El Chapo's Prison Escape Represents Yet Another Failure of the Mexican Government
The director of the new documentary "Cartel Land" describes how Mexican citizens have been driven to vigilantism because the police and military are unable or unwilling to help.
‘It Was the Feds’: How Mexico’s Federal Police Slaughtered At Least 16 Civilians in Michoacan
Former rural police officers were protesting their disbanding and lack of pay when Mexican federal police stormed their encampment and proceeded to execute at least 16 people, according to this special report.
Mexico's Government Is Brushing Off Report of Another State Massacre of Unarmed Civilians
After the missing 43 and the massacre at Tlatlaya, the country is now facing a third likely state-led mass killing in less than a year. A journalist says federal police killed 16 civilians in Apatzingan, Michoacan.
How the Jalisco New Generation Cartel Is Terrorizing the People of Western Mexico
Not even Mexico's famous tequila industry is immune to extortion and intimidation linked to the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion. On March 19, the group carried out another ambush on state forces, leaving 11 dead.
Duncan Tucker and Victor Hugo Ornelas