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 […]

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 […]

MetropolisTV: The Promised Land

MetropolisTV: The Promised Land

May 8th 2015 – Thousands of Central American migrants cross Mexico each year on their way to the United States, their ‘promised land.’ During the journey, they can endure hunger and cold and are exposed to violence and exploitation at the hands of criminal gangs and corrupt state officials. But a group of Mexican women […]

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.

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.

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.

GlobalPost: Why people in Mexico go missing

Across the country, very few cases are properly investigated, and reports of the involvement of authorities are frequent.

Across the country, very few cases are properly investigated, and reports of the involvement of authorities are frequent.

Guardian: Mexico City on the road to cleaner air

Over the past decade, a focus on sustainable alternative transport has persuaded a growing number of citizens to leave their cars at home.

October 4th 2012 – 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. A heavily subsidised underground network caters for 22m journeys daily, and conditions […]

AFP: Mexico’s president-elect accused of ignoring women’s murders

Over the last few years, reported murders of women have shot up in parts of Mexico, dwarfing the number of cases in Ciudad Juarez - famous for femicide.

Over the last few years, reported murders of women have shot up in parts of Mexico, dwarfing the number of cases in Ciudad Juarez – famous for femicide.

AFP: Students march agains the PRI

AFP: Students march agains the PRI

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

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.

GlobalPost: Pope visits Mexico town where ending pregnancy means prison

Few issues bring the contrast into focus as sharply as abortion. Mexico City legalized abortion; Guanajuato cracks down hard on any signs of it.

GlobalPost: Pope visits Mexico town where ending pregnancy means prison

Few issues bring the contrast into focus as sharply as abortion. Mexico City legalized abortion; Guanajuato cracks down hard on any signs of it.

AFP: Abortion divides Mexicans on Pope’s visit

AFP: Abortion divides Mexicans on Pope’s visit

  March 24 2011 – The Pope’s visit to Guanajuato this week will be celebrated by many, but definitely not by abortion campaigners. This Mexican state is the one of the strictest, banning abortion except in extreme cases of rape, and the courts don’t hesitate to jail women who dare to take matters into their […]

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