Drug War


Friday, January 20th, 2017

U.S. Prosecutors Outline Case Against Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’

*Why you should read this: Because the timing was perfect, Chapo was extradited on the last day of the Obama presidency. Because a Homeland Security Special Agent says there won’t be a tunnel to his bathroom. VL By Alan Feuer and William K. Rashbaum, The New York Times (4.5 minute read)  As heavily armed guards

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Relax, El Chapo didn’t escape again

*By the way . . .  It would have been a fantastic story though. VL By Jack Mirkinson, Fusion The trending term “El Chapo” shot to the top of Twitter on Sunday. Why? Apparently, the notorious drug...

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Fiction, Fantasy and Reality Blur in Mexico’s Narcodrama

*Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto tried to own the Chapo capture narrative, but the story has become about Chapo, Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo.  Penn and del Castillo are being investigated on both sides of the border...

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Pope Francis, Community and Heroin

*Read this, share it, it’s important. That’s all I have to say. VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog I at Notre Dame University , the day that Pope Francis gave his beautiful talk to Congress....

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

In Mexico, Crime Is Bigger Than a Crime Boss

*I’m always searching for analysis that says something new, or that has a point of view different from what everyone else seems to be saying and writing on both sides of the political divide. This Stratfor piece...

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Cartel leader “El Chapo” Guzmán’s prison break is even worse than it seems

*There are many layers of cause and effect, international relations, the symbolism of power in Mexico and further damage (is more possible?) to the trust Mexicans have in their leaders, in this incident. VL By Amanda Taub,...

Monday, July 13th, 2015

El Corrido Del Chapo (the first) – copyright mine!

*It was only a matter of time, someone was bound to do it. Why not Sam? VL By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog The news today that Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from Mexico’s maximum security prison either...

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Xalisco Boys – now in northern Ohio

*Sam Quiñones always gives us insights into places where we wouldn’t otherwise look, that’s the value of his writing. He tells us about the heroin trade, migrating to the U.S. from Mexico, and how its highly organized system...

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Mexico: Will Los Zetas Unravel Without Their Leader?

By Stratfor Summary The arrest of Los Zetas leader Miguel “Z-40” Trevino Morales marks the most significant capture involving a Mexican organized crime leader since 2008. On July 15, Stratfor sources confirmed Mexican and U.S. media reports...

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Peña Nieto’s New Approach to the Cartels

By Scott Stewart, Stratfor Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s approach to combating Mexican drug cartels has been a much-discussed topic since well before he was elected. Indeed, in June 2011 — more than a year before the...

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

No Los Mataron Por Ser Hijos de Periodista

Por Maria Lourdes Pallais, Reporte Índigo Cerramos la semana pasada con la noticia de que dos jóvenes hijos de David Páramo, un periodista experto en finanzas, y de Martha González Nicholson, directora de El Peso, filial de corte...

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Evolving U.S.-Mexico Relations and Obama’s Visit

By Stratfor When U.S. President Barack Obama travels to Mexico on May 2, he will arrive amid a period of sweeping transformation in the country. Embroiled in myriad political battles and seeking to implement an extensive slate of national reforms, Mexican...

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

¿La Hora de Mexico?

Maria Lourdes Pallais, Reporte Indigo Muerto Chávez, México deberá demostrar que tiene los tamaños para ser el líder máximo en América Latina.  Sobre Chávez póstumo, casi todo está escrito. Que la popularidad del comandante bolivariano tras 14...

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Out of Mexico’s Violence: Cultural Renaissance On the Border

By Louis Nevaer, New America Media MEXICO CITY – Mexican youths living in border cities from Tijuana to Ciudad Juarez are reclaiming civil society via cultural movements emerging on the heels of a six year, government-led “War on...

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