drug war


Monday, January 11th, 2016

Mexico begins extradition proceedings against drug lord

*This didn’t take long. The popular belief in Mexico is that Chapo will escape again. Some of the more cynical comments on social media hope he will. Authorities tailed U.S. Actor Sean Penn for clues to Chapo’s whereabouts. VL By E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has begun the process of extraditing

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...

Monday, February 24th, 2014

El Chapo falls … as Time hits the stands

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog As a reporter, I don’t believe too much in coincidences, especially when it comes to Mexican politics. So, let’s say that the arrest this morning of drug megalord Joaquin “El Chapo”...

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Notorious drug kingpin, Caro Quintero, released

By Jeffery Cassity, Being Latino Notorious Mexican drug kingpin and convicted killer, Rafael Caro Quintero was released from prison last week. After serving 28 of his sentenced 40 years for the murder of U.S. DEA agent, Enrique Camarena, in 1985, the...

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Asylum From Violence

By Andres Caballero, Latino USA After the kidnapping and beheading of the police chief in a Mexican border town, no one dared to replace him. But Marisol Valles Garcia, a twenty-year-old mother and student took the post as...

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...

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....

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Michoacan begins new anti-crime strategy

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog Mexico’s new president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has begun a new strategy intended to coordinate federal, state and local police forces in the fight against the rampant criminality of kidnapping, robbery, exortion, murder...

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

US Sends Mexico Military Aid to Help Hunt Cartels

By Vanessa Alvarez, Being Latino Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has pushed the drug wars in northern Mexico to the top of his priority list and the U.S. military is stepping in to help. In recent documents and interviews...

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Mexico’s Drug War: Persisting Violence and a New President

By Stratfor (Stratfor Editor’s Note: This is a summary of our annual Mexico drug cartel report, in which we assess the most significant developments of 2012 and provide updated profiles of the country’s powerful criminal cartels as well...

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