Tag Archives: Drug war

The Narco Trafficker Next Door

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Gabriela Navarro, who lives in an exclusive gated community in southern Guadalajara, suspects three locals of having ties to one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels. She bases this belief on their unconventional working hours, unexplained wealth, … Continue reading

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Women fall victim to violence in Mexico’s decade-old war on drugs

MEXICO CITY, Dec 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Denisse Velasco has been suffering from acute anxiety since spring, when she narrowly escaped being abducted from a busy street in Guadalajara, Mexico. She was waiting at a bus stop one morning when … Continue reading

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Mexico’s drug war as seen through the eyes of children

Guadalajara, Mexico – One image captures a fierce shoot-out between rival drug cartels, with several lifeless bodies slumped on the street in pools of their own blood. Another shows a gang member hurling a grenade at a police officer. A … Continue reading

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Johann Hari: on the U.S. drug war fought to the last Mexican

In 2011, British journalist Johann Hari was at the top of the journalistic pile. Sharp, brave and energetic, he was the Independent’s best-known columnist and named by the Daily Telegraph as one of the most influential left-wingers in Britain. Yet a … 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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Opinion: Is Mexico in denial? Reactions to pope’s comment certainly suggest so

The Mexican government has complained about remarks by Pope Francis, in which he expressed concern over a possible “Mexicanization” of his native Argentina due to rising drug trafficking activity. Mexico rarely registers diplomatic protests with the Vatican, yet the foreign … Continue reading

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