Monthly Archives: March 2015

Johann Hari: The failed War on Drugs demands a “return to sanity” for Mexico

Former Independent columnist Johann Hari is back in the limelight with an explosive New York Times bestseller, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.” Its release coincides with the centenary of U.S. prohibition and is … Continue reading

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Mexico’s modern day minstrels sing against injustice

Anyone who has taken a bus in Guadalajara is familiar with the phenomenon: the wandering troubadours who jump aboard to sing songs of broken-hearted love in exchange for a few pesos. In May of last year, a clip of one … Continue reading

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Domingo Villa: Killer left unsupervised during prison visit murders entire family ‘after children complain about their mother’

Former police officer Domingo Villa – who was already serving life for killing his wife – murdered his girlfriend, two children and a step-daughter then tried to take his own life. Read the complete article at the Daily Mirror.

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Zapopan cops fall foul of the law as they breach university grounds to arrest innocent student

The Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), the private Jesuit university in the Tlaquepaque suburb of Guadalajara, has heavily criticized Zapopan police officers who entered campus grounds Tuesday to arrest a student they suspected of stealing a laptop computer … Continue reading

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A childhood friend had a mental breakdown after smoking cannabis, which is why I support legalization

Ten years ago, a close friend had a psychotic episode after smoking potent cannabis. He lost all grip on reality. This smart, funny man was left a suicidal wreck, living in the terrified belief that his thoughts were on the internet and … Continue reading

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Former Depeche Mode artist to play Tlaquepaque

Vince Clarke, founding member of British electronic band Depeche Mode, will bring his pioneering synth-pop sound to Mexico this month, as he headlines the Mute Festival in Tlaquepaque on March 21. The keyboardist and songwriter is best known for his early … Continue reading

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Teen mother sells newborn baby

A 19-year-old mother in Guadalajara has been charged with selling her newborn baby to two female strangers and then reporting the child as kidnapped. The baby, named Beatriz, was discovered in a vacant lot in Guadalajara’s 18 de Marzo neighborhood … Continue reading

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Guillermo del Toro longs for Mexico return

Acclaimed producer-director Guillermo del Toro has expressed his desire to film again in Mexico. Speaking at the International Festival of Cinema in Guadalajara, the “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Pacific Rim” director spoke of his longing to return. “I owe it to … Continue reading

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The cherry on top? Top narco bust may empower Jalisco drug cartel

With the capture of one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords, Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, the government has created a power vacuum that could be filled by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). The 49-year-old leader of the Knights Templar was … Continue reading

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