InSight Crime: Latest Guerrero, Mexico Arrest Promises Little Change in Insecurity

The capture of an alleged local Knights Templar chief on the coast of Guerrero promises to bring down insecurity in one of Mexico's most violent states, say authorities. But it will take more than that to stave the soaring homicide rate in the country's top heroin-producing region.

InSight Crime: Latest Guerrero, Mexico Arrest Promises Little Change in Insecurity

The capture of an alleged local Knights Templar chief on the coast of Guerrero promises to bring down insecurity in one of Mexico’s most violent states, say authorities. But it will take more than that to stave the soaring homicide rate in the country’s top heroin-producing region.

InSight Crime: Are Zetas, Mexico Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity?

Mexico's Zetas crime syndicate and the government forces tasked with fighting it are both likely guilty of crimes against humanity according to a new report that calls for the establishment of an international body to independently investigate atrocities and fight impunity in the country.

InSight Crime: Are Zetas, Mexico Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity?

Mexico’s Zetas crime syndicate and the government forces tasked with fighting it are both likely guilty of crimes against humanity, says a new study.

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: The families of Mexico’s ‘disappeared’ people keep searching

LATimes: The families of Mexico’s ‘disappeared’ people keep searching

October 3 2014 — The man’s voice cracked, then he sobbed as he spoke. “The government has everything and we have lost everything,” he said. “Please help us to keep looking and digging, to give us the resources we need.” Mario Vergara, 40, stood crying on a verdant hill on the outskirts of Iguala in […]

LATimes: Relatives of 43 missing students in Mexico seek answers one year later

September 25 2015 — Estanislao Mendoza was one of dozens of people to go on a hunger strike camped out on Mexico City’s Zocalo. His son, Miguel Angel Mendoza Zacarias, was one of 43 students detained and abducted the night of Sept. 26, 2014, by local police in the Mexican city of Iguala, in the […]

LATimes: Protesters in Mexico attack government office over missing students

September 21 2015 — Protesters in Guerrero, Mexico, attacked the local prosecutor’s office in the state capital of Chilpancingo on Monday, local media said, in what could be the beginning of social unrest tied to the first anniversary this week of the disappearance of 43 students. Local media reports said protesters arrived aboard several buses […]

LATimes: More arrests are made in prison escape of Mexico’s ‘El Chapo’

September 19 2015 — Thirteen more people have been arrested in connection with the July jailbreak of the world’s most wanted drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Few details were provided by authorities. But local media cited sources within the Mexican Attorney General’s office as saying the detained included Celina Oseguera Parra, the country’s former […]

LATimes: Another death in Mexico: Man who led search for the missing

LATimes: Another death in Mexico: Man who led search for the missing

August 9th 2015 – The leader of a civilian group that has spent the last 10 months searching for bodies of 43 missing students and others in the hills of Mexico’s Guerrero state was found shot to death in his taxi, authorities said. Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, 45, was killed early Saturday night on the […]

LATimes: In Mexico, illicit “poppy” gardens feed U.S demand for heroin

Producers here in Mexico’s Guerrero state call their clandestine poppy plots “gardens.” What they raise there is highly marketable, and illicit

LATimes: In Mexico, illicit “poppy” gardens feed U.S demand for heroin

Producers here in Mexico’s Guerrero state call their clandestine poppy plots “gardens.” What they raise there is highly marketable, and illicit

FT: Risky life of Mexican poppy farmers

FT: Risky life of Mexican poppy farmers

May 28, 2015 : The FT’s Mexico correspondent Jude Webber meets farmers in the mountains of Guerrero and hears why some are still farming the poppies that go to make heroin, and why others have given up. Credits: Filmed and produced by Deborah Bonello and Jose Maria Alvarez. Edited by Deborah Bonello. FT: Risky life […]

LATimes: 39 die in Mexico police shootout with suspected cartel members

LATimes: 39 die in Mexico police shootout with suspected cartel members

May 22 2015 – A gunfight between Mexican police and suspected criminals in the cartel-dominated western state of Michoacan left at least 39 people dead Friday, according to authorities and news reports. Reporting for the Los Angeles Times – continue reading here. Image: Residents walk by military personnel in Chilapa, Mexico, on May 14. (Jose […]

LATimes: Mexican town besieged by rival gangs, as police and army stand aside

LATimes: Mexican town besieged by rival gangs, as police and army stand aside

May 20 2015, Chilapa, Mexico – They arrived carrying rifles, machetes and sticks, their faces covered with ski masks and scarves. About 300 armed civilians poured into the small town of Chilapa, in the troubled state of Guerrero, on the afternoon of May 9, a Saturday, hitting people and breaking into their houses in a […]

LATimes: Internal U.S. documents detail ‘alarming questions’ about Mexico violence

The grisly discovery of more bodies and human remains in the hills of Guerrero, Mexico, raises “alarming questions about the widespread nature of cartel violence in the region and the level of government complicity,” a U.S. military report charged.

LATimes: Internal U.S. documents detail ‘alarming questions’ about Mexico violence

by Deborah Bonello May 13 2015 – The grisly discovery of more bodies and human remains in the hills of Guerrero, Mexico, raises “alarming questions about the widespread nature of cartel violence in the region and the level of government complicity,” a U.S. military report charged. The document, written by a human rights working group […]

BBC: Mexican families search hills for missing relatives

The disappearance of 43 students has thrown new light on the estimated 26,000 people who have gone missing across the country in the last decade.

The disappearance of 43 students has thrown new light on the estimated 26,000 people who have gone missing across the country in the last decade.

AJ+: 43 Students Are Still Missing In Mexico And People Are Angry

The mayor of Iguala and his wife, accused of orchestrating the disappearance of 43 Mexican students, have been arrested. But thousands of protesters are demanding further action.

The mayor of Iguala and his wife, accused of orchestrating the disappearance of 43 Mexican students, have been arrested. But thousands of protesters are demanding further action.

BBC: Families wait, Mexico protests, as mass grave findings analysed

A mass grave has been found on the outskirts of the town where the 43 students went missing on 27 September, officials say.

A mass grave has been found on the outskirts of the town where the 43 students went missing on 27 September, officials say.

GlobalPost: GP: The tortured wait for news of 43 missing students in Guerrero, Mexico

GlobalPost speaks to one of the relatives of the 43 students kidnapped and missing in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.

GlobalPost speaks to one of the relatives of the 43 students kidnapped and missing in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.