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NYT: Musical Tributes for Mexico’s Dead


In Iztapalapa, a violent Mexico City neighborhood, two musicians with a guitar and an accordion are hired to ease the strains of grief, celebrate the dead and remind mourners of more festive memories.

Economist: The Deportation Machine


Octavio Nava Cabrera lived in America for 27 years before being deported in 2013, when police in Illinois pulled him over for a traffic violation.

MetropolisTV: Mexico’s Man in Heels


January 31 2014 – Design student Alonso Murillo put on a pair of heels 5 years ago and he’s been doing it ever since. “I don’t identify with a male or female identity. Some might say I’m transsexual, a transvestite or a drag queen.” He’s doesn’t care what people think of him and continues to [...]

CCTV Insight: Reports from the Underground


It’s the pulsating heart of Mexico City, a tableau of color transporting 5 million people a day. Mexico City’s metro: the biggest and busiest in Latin America.

But these are controversial times for this iconic transport system.

BBC: Mexican vigilantes clash with soldiers in Michoacan state


Vigilantes in Mexico have clashed with soldiers deployed in the western state of Michoacan to disarm the groups, who last week launched an offensive against the Knights Templar drug cartel.

BBC: The fading tune of the Mexican organ grinder


Januaey 10th 2014 – Don Odilon Jardines has spent a lifetime at the organ grinder’s handle. Now 73 years old, he is one of the oldest organ grinders still on the streets of Mexico City. For him, the organ’s melody has a melancholic charm as it reverberates around the neighbourhoods he visits of an evening. [...]

GlobalPost: Seeing hope in Juarez


Chef Oscar Herrera returns to Juarez after moving to El Paso to flee the violence. Video shot, produced and edited by Deborah Bonello for GlobalPost. Additional production Dudley Althaus.

GlobalPost: Clear eyes, full hearts in Juarez


GlobalPost: Clear eyes, full hearts in Juarez from Deborah Bonello on Vimeo. November 1st 2013 – Not long ago, all headlines out of Ciudad Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town. Homicides have plummeted. Some who fled have returned. Sports clubs keep kids out of gangs. [...]

FT: Mexico’s security trade off


Oct 10, 2013 : The security risks in Mexico are deepening as political instability continues. Yet despite the concerns, foreign companies are still seeking investment opportunities as equity markets rise. Shot, produced and edited for the Financial Times by Deborah Bonello, with Jude Webber.

GlobalPost: Mexico’s Millenials describe the challenges they face


Deborah Bonello for GlobalPost.

BBC: Male ballet dancers in Mexico aim to defy ‘machismo’ society


Mexico is experiencing a classical dance boom, with a group of young dancers challenging the country’s traditional values as they learn to dance.

GlobalPost: Mexico’s drug cartels recruit migrant labor


Those fleeing poverty back home find it hard to resist the lure of a life of crime, and some are being given no choice.

BizAsiaAmericas: Independent Cell Networks Springing up in Rural Mexico


August 21st 2013 – Mexico is predicting that 98% of the country will have cell phone coverage in six years. Despite this promise, one rural area of Southwest Mexico has already adapted to an independent cell network, one which has drastically changed the lives of its inhabitants and may prove to be the precursor for [...]

AFP: Organized crime recruits migrants in Mexico


Mexico’s drug cartels are increasingly recruiting undocumented Central American migrants to join their ranks, non-governmental groups say.

AFP: Mexico market turns trash into vegetables


AFP: Mexico market turns trash into vegetables from Deborah Bonello on Vimeo Saturday, July 6, 2013 By Deborah Bonello ,AFP MEXICO CITY — 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 [...]

FT: Mexico City’s transport revolution


As vehicle ownership climbs, Deborah Bonello reports on the Mexican capital’s battle to curb car use. Activists such as the masked El Peatónito (Little Pedestrian) are pressing for a cultural shift and a radical improvement in public transport. Shot, produced and edited for the FT. Production assistant: Alan Hernandez.

AlJazeera: Super hero fights traffic in Mexico City


Little Pedestrian takes on millions of cars in his big mission to make Mexico City streets safe.

BBC: The child victims of Mexico’s drug war


In Mexico around 25,000 people have disappeared since the drug war began six years ago.

The Economist: Mexico’s Economic Downturn

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NYT: Catholics speak around the world about the new Pope

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The New York Times surveys Catholics around the world about what they want to see from the new pope. provided the Mexico footage. See it here on the NYT website.

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.

BBC Fast Track: Mezcal drink embraced again by Mexico


Mezcal has been made in Mexico at least since the time of the conquistadors. For years, it was seen as the poorer cousin of the national drink, tequila. But now mezcal is making a return from the wilderness.

Guardian: Mexico City’s ‘alcoholímetro’ making headway in dangerous driving battle

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Its road safety record is among the world’s worst but, in Mexico’s capital, police wielding breathalysers are making a big difference

AFP: Mexico’s lucha against obesity


Obesity is a huge problem in Mexico. Diabetes is the country’s biggest killer and around two thirds of the population is overweight.

Guardian: Mexico City on the road to cleaner air


Thanks largely to vehicle emissions, Mexico City was once the world’s most polluted urban centre. But over the past decade, a focus on sustainable alternative transport has persuaded a growing number of citizens to leave their cars at home.

Univision: Lured by narcos, Sinaloa’s schools try to get kids to say no


Mirna Cartagena knows all about regret. Now in her early thirties, she spent most of her twenties in jail after she was caught trying to transport cocaine and crystal meth across her home state of Sinaloa, Mexico.

The Guardian: Trotsky’s assassination remembered by his grandson

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Esteban Volkov is the 86-year-old grandson of Leon Trotsky, the Russian Marxist revolutionary and founder of the Red Army. Volkov, who followed Trotsky to Mexico when he sought exile there in 1937, recalls the two assassination attempts orchestrated by Stalin on his grandfather, the last of which was successful. Deborah Bonello for the Guardian.

AFP: Mexico makes world’s biggest sandwich


August 10 2012 – Mexico City has a new mention in the Guinness Book of Records – for the world’s biggest sandwich. The victor was a 52 metre monster with over 70 fillings, and crews from 55 different restaurants worked on it. Deborah Bonello for AFP.

AFP: Mexican drinkers say cheers to micro-brewed beers


The Cerveceria Modelo made Corona synonymous with Mexico around the world – now it’s been taken over by a US firm. Instead, Mexican punters are developing a taste for stronger, niche beers, and micro-breweries are springing up to meet demand.

Univision: Javier Valdez is risking his life to report from El Chapo’s backyard


Telling the truth about the violence in Sinaloa is an especially dangerous profession. Even within Mexico, a country that now bears the ignominious title of being one of the most dangerous in the Americas for journalists, Sinaloa is among the worst, a black hole where few bother to try and describe what is happening.

MetropolisTV: The Muxes of Mexico


It’s hard to be homosexual among all the macho men in Mexico, but in Juchitan de Zaragoza homosexuals have found a way to express their sexual preference.

MRTV/ AFP: Mexico to recount presidential election votes


July 4th 2012 – Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute has agreed to recount at least 50 percent of the ballots cast during last Sunday’s presidential elections following objections from left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obredor and protests around the country. Produced by MexicoReporter TV.

AFP: Pri Claims Victory in Mexico’s Presidential Election


Coverage from yesterday’s presidential election here in Mexico. And further phoners with France 24

MRTV: Voting in Mexico’s presidential elections opens


More than 79 million people are eligible to vote in Mexico’s presidential election. Deborah Bonello reports for MexicoReporterTV.

AFP: The possible return of the PRI


Up until a few weeks ago, the triumph of PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico’s upcoming presidential election seemed all but a done deal. But there are many who haven’t forgotten the PRI’s more than troubled past. For AFP by Deborah Bonello

The Economist: Mexico’s election – Fresh face, same old party


A video on Sunday’s upcoming election, put together for the Economist with their correspondent Tom Wainright.

AFP: Students march agains the PRI

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June 10 2012 – Members of the Mexican youth movement #YoSoy132 marched across Mexico City Sunday, protesting against the country’s media duopoly and the PRI candidate in the upcoming presidential election, Enrique Pena Nieto. Produced, shot and edited for AFP by Deborah Bonello.

AFP: Mexicans say goodbye to Carlos Fuentes


Hundreds of people filed past the coffin of Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes Wednesday in Mexico City’s Bellas Arts Museum. The writer died in hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Cientos de personas desfilaron este miércoles con emoción ante los restos mortales del escritor Carlos Fuentes. Sobre su ataúd depositaron libros, flores y mensajes de despedida.

AFP: Pope Coverage

A roundup of the footage I filed for AFP for the Pope, combined with the POOL footage from the official feed. See a package here on the issue of abortion in conjunction with the Pope’s visit, for AFP and GlobalPost.  

GlobalPost: Pope visits Mexico town where ending pregnancy means prison


Guanajuato is one of Mexico’s most religious, conservative states, and the birthplace of President Felipe Calderon’s center-right National Action Party. The pope’s decision to visit this town — and bypass Mexico City — sends a message to the country’s more liberal capital.

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