drug cartels


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 dives as deep as possible in less than 600 words and puts the Chapo Guzman escape in good

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The sinister secret life of the ‘imperial couple’ of Iguala

*According to this report, the Mayor if Iguala’s wife had family ties to a drug cartel. She’s accused of ordering the disappearance of 43 protesting students because they interfered with her political launching party. VL By Paloma...

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Mexico’s drug cartels are standing in the way of a fracking bonanza

By Steve LeVine, Reuters/Quartz MEXICO CITY—If all goes well, drillers responsible for a shale-oil bonanza in Texas will soon cross the southern US border and extend the hydraulic fracturing boom to Mexico. But first the Mexican government, foreign oil companies...

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

‘Killer’ Avocados: How People Risk Their Lives to Get Guacamole to Your Table

By Melissa Castellanos, Latin Post As American friends and family gather around a bowl of guacamole and chips to root for their favorite teams, or chat about their personal lives and jobs, there is a bigger picture lurking...

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...

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Mexico’s Drug Cartels: Violence Explained in Info-Video

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco The violence in Mexico, seen from the U.S. perspective, has an “over there, to ‘those people'” quality that’s hard to break down. This short video, produced by the people at,  does a...

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Why Blog del Narco Became Mexico’s Most Important Website

By Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer This story was produced in partnership with the Guardian, where a version of this story also appears. In 2010, the birth year of the popular and controversial website Blog del Narco, Mexico’s tumultuous drug...

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Mexican Drug Cartels Eye Spain As Their New Home

By Louis Nevaer, New America Media MADRID – The economic crisis in Spain, with a crippling jobless rate at 26 percent and labor strikes growing violent, has unleashed a brutal turf war between rival Latin American drug cartels....

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Cartel Role in Booming Migration Through Rio Grande Valley

By Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer Last year, nearly every region along the U.S.-Mexico border saw a decline in migrant apprehensions—except the Rio Grande Valley. Apprehensions there increased 70 percent, according to a recent report by the Washington Office on...

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Cartels, Drugs and Money

By Melissa del Bosque, Texas Observer Mexico’s drug war is enriching Texas border communities in more ways than one. Not only have wealthy Mexican business owners invested in the region, local law enforcement is benefiting from millions...

Friday, April 6th, 2012

The Rise Of Evangelicalism In Mexico

by Paul Adams For the first time as his tenure as a pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI passed through Mexico last weekend during his Latin American trip. Though many of its indigenous people still felt a closer bond...

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Did The U.S. Gov Supply The Gun That Killed Jaime Zapata?

By Cindy Casares Operation Fast and Furious—the Arizona-based federal gun-tracking program that led to the death of a U.S. agent at the hands of Mexican criminals—could be underway in Texas, too, and may have led to the...

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Confessions Of A Cartel Hit Man

By Susana Hayward THE FIRST TIME HE pulled the trigger, he said he couldn’t even think. He was just following an order that came in code while driving his police car with “a package,” a man he’d kidnapped...

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Wachovia Complicit In Laundering Mexican Drug Money

The Guardian in the United Kingdom wrote an extensive piece uncovering that Wachovia Bank, now a part of Wells Fargo, helped drug cartels in Mexico launder beaucoup bucks in order to fund their operations and do things...

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