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: Criminal Activity Spreading Fire in Guatemala’s Maya Reserve

Criminal groups are burning huge swathes of protected forests in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve to put down more landing strips for moving drugs out of the country, increasing the environmental damage caused by a variety of criminal activity in the zone.

InSight Crime: Criminal Activity Spreading Fire in Guatemala’s Maya Reserve

Criminal groups are burning huge swathes of protected forests in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve to put down more landing strips for moving drugs out of the country, increasing the environmental damage caused by a variety of criminal activity in the zone.

InSight Crime: Alleged Operative in European Crime Syndicate Arrested in Spain

News of the arrest of the right-hand man of alleged British drug kingpin Robert Dawes -- accused of trafficking drugs from South America to Europe -- has emerged. The Spanish Civil Guard took Dutchman Emiel Brummer into custody on the coast of Malaga, Spain, following a joint operation with the Dutch police and help from Interpol.

News of the arrest of the right-hand man of alleged British drug kingpin Robert Dawes — accused of trafficking drugs from South America to Europe — has emerged. The Spanish Civil Guard took Dutchman Emiel Brummer into custody on the coast of Malaga, Spain, following a joint operation with the Dutch police and help from Interpol.

InSight Crime: Mexico’s Public Security Lost 13,000 Weapons in 10 Years

Nearly 13,000 guns have been lost or stolen from Mexico’s public security agencies over the last ten years, according to a recent report, a telling reminder that the country's black market weapons don't just come from north of the border.

InSight Crime: Mexico’s Public Security Lost 13,000 Weapons in 10 Years

Nearly 13,000 guns have been lost or stolen from Mexico’s public security agencies over the last ten years, according to a recent report.

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.

InSight Crime: Accusations Cloud Mexico’s Upcoming Elections

The run-up to Mexico's June 5 gubernatorial elections has been beset with reports linking candidates to organized crime, and voters could knock President Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional - PRI) out of historical strongholds for the first time in states long infected by criminal gangs.

InSight Crime: Accusations Cloud Mexico’s Upcoming Elections

The run-up to Mexico’s June 5 gubernatorial elections has been beset with reports linking candidates to organized crime, and voters could knock the PRI out of historical strongholds for the first time.

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: Video: How Mexican Marines blasted into El Chapo’s hide-out in a volley of gunfire

January 11th 2016 — More cinematic touches to the already-incredible story surrounding the recapture of fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman emerged Monday, when authorities released a video of the raid on the house where Guzman was holed up with his henchmen. The assault on the house in Los Mochis, Mexico, started just after […]

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: A mayor in Mexico is shot dead a day after taking office

January 6 2016 — Gisela Mota was sworn into office as mayor of the small city of Temixco in the state of Morelos on New Year’s Day, after promising to help free the small town from the grip of organized crime. Less than 24 hours later, the 33-year-old politician was dead — the latest of […]

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: Government’s handling of Hurricane Patricia is a rare bit of good news for Mexico

October 25 2015, Manzanillo, Mexico, Alan Zarembo, Deborah Bonello, Cecilia Sanchez — Skies are clear, highways are flowing with traffic and airports across the western coast of Mexico are open. The official death count from the strongest hurricane ever measured in the Western Hemisphere: zero. Continue reading on LATimes.com.

LATimes: Record-setting Hurricane Patricia slams Mexico’s Pacific Coast

October 23 2015, Deborah Bonello, Alexandra Zavis — The Western Hemisphere’s most powerful hurricane on record roared into Mexico on Friday, knocking down trees and light posts, closing schools and airports, and sending people fleeing the popular resorts and small fishing villages that dot the country’s central Pacific coastline. There were reports of flooding and […]

LATimes: In Mexico City, a body hanging from a bridge portends a shift in violence

LATimes: In Mexico City, a body hanging from a bridge portends a shift in violence

October 21 2015 — The dead man’s body was bound up like a mummy, his hands roped behind his back and his head covered with a black sack. Tied by the waist, he was discovered dangling shoeless from a bridge over a busy street around 5 a.m. Monday — a shocking sight for thousands of […]

LATimes: ‘El Chapo’ is wounded but not caught as Mexico’s military roars into terrified villages

LATimes: ‘El Chapo’ is wounded but not caught as Mexico’s military roars into terrified villages

Three helicopters swooped overhead. The biggest one, dark gray, had the face of a shark painted on it, and the emblem of the Mexican marines. She thought it was preparing to land, but instead it opened fire.

LATimes: 30 years after Mexico City quake, hundreds still live in temporary camps

LATimes: 30 years after Mexico City quake, hundreds still live in temporary camps

October 5 2015 — On the 30th anniversary of the massive Mexico City earthquake, alarms rang out across the city to commemorate the disaster. But Marcia Vasquez needed no reminder of the Sept. 19 anniversary. Vasquez, now 52, still lives in the camp she was forced to move to after her apartment caved in three […]

LATimes: Two of Mexico’s most notorious criminals are in custody in the United States

LATimes: Two of Mexico’s most notorious criminals are in custody in the United States

One is an American citizen who rose through the ranks of one of Mexico’s most vicious drug cartels. The other is a former cop who left the police force to take up a life of crime. Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal and Jorge Eduardo “El Coss” Costilla Sanchez were in custody in the United States […]

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 […]

AJE: Mexican residents take on gangs to save trees

AJE: Mexican residents take on gangs to save trees

September 8 2015 — The people of Cheran in South West Mexico are attempting to repair the damage to their forests caused by illegal loggers. Shot and edited by Deborah Bonello. Production by John Holman and Deborah Bonello for AlJazeera English.

LATimes: Who will face comedian in Guatemalan presidential runoff? It’s too close to call

LATimes: Who will face comedian in Guatemalan presidential runoff? It’s too close to call

September 7th 2015, Deborah Bonello, Anna-Cat Brigada — Guatemalans will have to wait to find out who will face TV comedian and political rookie Jimmy Morales in the next round of presidential elections. The nation’s electoral authority declared Monday that it needed more time to determine who won second place in the initial round. Sunday’s […]

LATimes: New probe shows Mexican government was wrong about what happened to 43 missing students

LATimes: New probe shows Mexican government was wrong about what happened to 43 missing students

The Mexican government’s claim that 43 missing students were killed and burned in a local trash dump in the state of Guerrero nearly a year ago has been discredited by a six-month investigation from an international working group. The inquiry, published Sunday, also found that the police who allegedly attacked and abducted the students last […]

LATimes: Mexico’s Peña Nieto acknowledges ‘a difficult year’ and public anger

LATimes: Mexico’s Peña Nieto acknowledges ‘a difficult year’ and public anger

September 2nd 2015, Mexico City — Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday acknowledged that the nation has experienced a “difficult year” that has generated “anger” and damaged the public mood and trust. The first half of his presidency has been characterized by a stagnant economy, corruption scandals and horrifying human rights abuses, as well […]

LATimes: For Mexico’s Peña Nieto, the state of the union is troubled

LATimes: For Mexico’s Peña Nieto, the state of the union is troubled

September 2 2015, Mexico City — Three years into an administration characterized by stagnant economic growth, corruption scandals, hair-raising human rights abuses and an agenda of constitutional reforms that have so far failed to deliver, it’s unsurprising that the popularity of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is at an all-time low. As Peña Nieto prepared […]

LATimes: Families of the missing say they are stonewalled by Mexico state authorities

LATimes: Families of the missing say they are stonewalled by Mexico state authorities

August 23 2015, Mexico City — A candle has been burning for almost a year in the modest front room of the tiny two-bedroom apartment that Guadalupe Reyes shares with her husband, Bernardo, and their 10-year-old daughter, Tania. Next to the candle is a picture of their older daughter, Mariana. Her 19th birthday was this […]

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: 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: For reporters in Mexico, journalist’s death underscores job’s growing danger

LATimes: For reporters in Mexico, journalist’s death underscores job’s growing danger

Deborah Bonello in Mexico City August 3rd 2015 – The young photographer had fled the state of Veracruz in fear for his life to seek security in Mexico City. On Sunday, his fellow journalists mourned the loss of Ruben Espinosa, shot to death two days earlier in a middle-class neighborhood in the capital. “Killing journalists […]

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 […]

GP: The drug war isn’t the only battle Mexico is losing

GP: The drug war isn’t the only battle Mexico is losing

July 24 2015, MEXICO CITY — The spectacular escape of the world’s most wanted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman this month isn’t a good sign for the Mexican government’s war on drugs and organized crime. But Mexico is failing to battle something else destroying the lives of millions of citizens: poverty. Read on here, […]

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.

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 […]

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