FT: Mexico’s treasured crop under threat

As a Mexican court considers overturning a ban on GM maize, Jude Webber meets farmers battling to preserve traditional seed varieties.

As a Mexican court considers overturning a ban on GM maize, Jude Webber meets farmers battling to preserve traditional seed varieties.

LATimes: Actress Kate Del Castillo urged ‘El Chapo’ to use his power for good, brokered meeting with Sean Penn

January 1oth 2016, Deborah Bonello — Mexican film and TV actress Kate Del Castillo has long been a household name in her home country, known for playing tough female roles and speaking out on social issues. She also has openly expressed admiration for drug kingpins — she played one in her most famous role — and once urged Joaquin “El […]

LATimes: ‘It was like an action movie,’ neighbors say of El Chapo’s capture in Mexico

9th January 2016, Cecilia Sanchez, Deborah Bonello and Tracy Wilkinson — His house was nothing special, a single-story, tree-shrouded home in a middle-class neighborhood in this seaside city. And there the world’s most sought-after drug kingpin hid for months until his capture in a deadly shootout. Neighbors noticed his comings and goings, but without special attention. […]

LATimes: Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman captured in deadly shootout after six months on the lam

January 8th, Cecilia Sanchez, Deborah Bonello and Tracy Wilkinson — In a deadly, predawn shootout, Mexican naval special forces on Friday captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most sought-after drug lord and commander of a vast narcotics empire that stretches across continents. “Mission accomplished,” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced on his Twitter account. “We’ve got […]

LATimes: Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws

LATimes: Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws

“I’ve always liked this business, producing marijuana,” the 50-year-old farmer said wistfully. He had decided that this season’s crop would be his last.

LATimes: In Mexico’s Guerrero state, priests are a prime target for drug gangs

LATimes: In Mexico’s Guerrero state, priests are a prime target for drug gangs

November 29th 2015 – Father Oscar Prudenciano Gonzalez opened his arms wide to his congregation on a recent Sunday morning in the San Gerardo church of Iguala, in the state of Guerrero. “We are going to pray for those families who have missing people,” he said. “That God gives them the strength, the peace and the […]

LATimes: Satirical Mexican news show on YouTube goes where TV won’t

LATimes: Satirical Mexican news show on YouTube goes where TV won’t

October 29 2014 — Long before drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from a maximum security prison in July, Internet comedy star Chumel Torres had joked with viewers that they should lay bets on when it would happen. More than a million Mexicans subscribe to Torres’ YouTube channel, El Pulso de la Republica, the country’s most […]

BBC Witness: Leon Trotsky – the savage death of a Russian revolutionary

BBC Witness: Leon Trotsky – the savage death of a Russian revolutionary

19 August 2015 – In 1927, Leon Trotsky, a leading Russian revolutionary, was expelled from the Communist party and exiled from Russia on Stalin’s orders. After spending time in Turkey, France and Norway, Trotsky and his wider family eventually settled in Mexico. Less than four years after arriving in Mexico, a Stalinist agent managed to infiltrate […]

BBC: Escaped drug lord El Chapo revered in home state

In his home state of Sinaloa, there’s a certain pride about the infamous capo, despite the violent crimes his cartel has committed. Some people say he should be honoured with a monument or chapel.

LATimes: El Chapo’s escape from prison is good for business in his hometown

A new shipment of caps arrived at Isaias Rodriguez’s Culiacan store, black canvas with the image of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman embossed in gold on the front.

LATimes: Gang killings of bus workers freezes San Salvador’s transportation system

LATimes:  Gang killings of bus workers freezes San Salvador’s transportation system

July 29 2015, Deborah Bonello & Carol Williams – El Salvador’s street gangs paralyzed the capital city of San Salvador on Wednesday as many bus drivers stayed clear of their routes after the killing of at least nine transportation workers in a challenge to the government’s crackdown on violence. Police and local media said Wednesday […]

BBC: Wild animal ban will affect Mexican circus workers

BBC: Wild animal ban will affect Mexican circus workers

July 2 2015 – A new law banning the use of wild animals in Mexican circuses has come into effect, meaning many animals must be found new homes. Some have complained that the loss of elephants, tigers, camels and other animals from their acts will mean they are left without a job. However animal rights […]

FT: Modern art makes its mark in Mexico

Jun 11, 2015 : Mexico correspondent Jude Webber looks at the flourishing Mexican art scene as the FT and OppenheimerFunds prepare to publish the longlist in the Emerging Voices awards for artists, writers and filmmakers in emerging market countries. Links: Special Report: Emerging Voices / Credits: Shot, Produced and Edited by Deborah Bonello.

Guardian/Rainforest Alliance: Hope in the heart of the Yucatán

Last month, the Rainforest Alliance sent our Follow the Farmer contest winner Joanna Parkman to the heart of the Yucatán to learn about sustainable forestry.

Last month, the Rainforest Alliance sent our Follow the Farmer contest winner Joanna Parkman to the heart of the Yucatán to learn about sustainable forestry.

BBC: Mexico City mulls free train ticket for exercise plan

Mexico City is considering offering people free bus or train tickets to people who do exercise at the station on their way to work.

Feb 17 1015 – Mexico City is considering offering people free bus or train tickets to people who do exercise at the station on their way to work. It is hoped that it could help tackle one of the worst obesity problems in the world. Katy Watson reports. Shot and edited by Deborah Bonello for […]

Fusion: Is rape the price to pay for migrant women chasing the American Dream?

Before they can reach the American Dream, many migrant women have to survive a Mexican nightmare.

Before they can reach the American Dream, many migrant women have to survive a Mexican nightmare.

BBC: The country where exorcisms are on the rise

BBC: The country where exorcisms are on the rise

November 2013 – Catholic priests in Mexico say the country is under attack by Satan, and that more exorcists are needed to fight him. This attack, they say, is showing itself in the gruesome drug-related violence, including human sacrifice, that has engulfed the country since 2006. According to the latest official figures available, at least […]

GlobalPost: Clear eyes, full hearts in Juarez

Not long ago, all headlines out of Ciudad Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town.

GlobalPost: Clear eyes, full hearts in Juarez

Not long ago, all headlines out of Ciudad Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town.

AFP: Mexico market turns trash into vegetables

AFP: Mexico market turns trash into vegetables

July 6th 2013 — On a recent rainy Sunday morning in a Mexico City neighborhood, people lined up under their umbrellas with bags of empty milk cartons, plastic bottles and cardboard at their feet. The rain did nothing to dampen their enthusiasm for the Mercado de Trueque, or barter market, where recyclable materials are exchanged for […]

Makeshift: Abel Carranza’s Underground Beats

Slinging CDs in the crowded subways isn’t an easy gig. The vendors, known as vagoneros, walk from car to car offering music from cumbia to reggaeton on CDs stuffed into plastic sleeves.

Slinging CDs in the crowded subways isn’t an easy gig. The vendors, known as vagoneros, walk from car to car offering music from cumbia to reggaeton on CDs stuffed into plastic sleeves.

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