Tag Archives: Guadalajara

Mexico missing: The city where ‘you can feel the fear’

The only hint that anything is wrong in La Estancia, a leafy suburb of the Mexican city of Guadalajara, are the dozens of “for sale” signs posted outside the houses. People started leaving in May, when police found a decomposed … Continue reading

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Meth, murder, and malandros in Guadalajara

On April 19 last year, the body of the 42-year-old Mexican rapper Mr. Yosie Locote was dumped in an empty lot in the western city of Guadalajara. A note claiming he had been killed because of a connection to an … Continue reading

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The cartel’s deadly grip on Mexico’s elections

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — There is no escaping the fact that Chapultepec Avenue has changed since the Jalisco New Generation cartel tried to kill the former state prosecutor. Despite enjoying a reputation as one of Mexico’s trendiest locations, business has slowed in the … Continue reading

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Central Americans are more afraid of their home countries than Trump

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Like most migrants stopping in Guadalajara on their way to the United States, Ricardo made it here by riding on top of the trans-Mexico freight train commonly known as “The Beast.” The 22-year-old Honduran arrived at the … 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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‘I’m a transgender sex worker’

Betzy Ballesteros as told to Stephen Woodman When I was 14 I came out to my parents as gay and transgender. My mother reacted badly. I left my family home and we stopped speaking for four years. I started wearing … Continue reading

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Mexican police turn blind eye to murders of transgender women, say activists

MEXICO CITY, August 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Betzy Ballesteros’ brush with death came on a windy night in December, when a man in a black Chevy Suburban pulled up to the street corner in the Mexican city of Guadalajara … Continue reading

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Pablo Escobar’s son brings message of peace to Mexico

“At one point there was a four-million-dollar price on my head,” said Sebastián Marroquín, the son of infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. “But I don’t want anyone in the audience to get too excited, there’s no one left to pay … Continue reading

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Surreal living arrangements – Mexico’s strangest homes

The concept of the home is at the heart of Mexican culture, “Mi casa es tu casa” says the age-old refrain. Homes are family centers, meeting points for friends and the building blocks of communities. Few visitors to Mexico fail to notice … Continue reading

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Social media show-off arrested after posing as drug lord

Police arrested a man who flaunted his criminal lifestyle on Facebook and discovered that the self-proclaimed drug baron was a forklift driver. Martin Juarez Campos, 24, identified as M. Juarez, commander of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the ruthless criminal … Continue reading

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