Mexico

Estados Unidos Mexicanos

The Real Failure in Central America

Jose Miguel Cruz, Miami Herald

Free Trade Empowered Mexico's Cartels

Thornton & Goodman, Nation

Blame Obama for Border Influx

Charles Krauthammer, National Post

The failure to manage the crisis of Central American child refugees at the Mexican border is not only about the inability to enact a comprehensive immigration policy reform. The re...(full article)

While President Peña Nieto celebrates the Aztec Tiger, Mexico’s cartels reach deeper into the legal economy....(full article)

Why do they come? The administration pretends it’s because of violence and poverty. Nonsense. When has there not been violence and poverty in Central America? Yet this wave of c...(full article)

Americans are misfocused on the surge of children crossing the US-Mexican border. The bigger border issue is the rapid rise of heroin trafficking, driven by young Americans switchi...(full article)

The Fourth of July weekend gave me time to consider events in Iraq and Ukraine, U.S.-German relations and the Mexican borderland and immigration. I did so in the context of the fou...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

U.S. Visas Helped Fuel the Juarez Drug Wars - Jason McGahan, Daily Beast

In the Mexican border city of Juarez the question persists: What kind of involvement did the United States Government have, or not, with the turf war between drug cartels that clai...

Mexico's Breakout Moment? - Mohamed El-Erian, Project Syndicate

Less than two years into Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidency, Mexico is implementing an ambitious structural-reform package designed to lift its economy out of a multi-dec...

The Mexican City Pumping Pimps, Sex Slaves into U.S. - M. Zeller, Fusion

A town of just ten thousand people, Tenancingo has thrived for the past half-century thanks to a lucrative family business. Grandfathers passed the trade down to fathers, and fathe...

Mexico Vigilante Movement's Strong U.S. Ties - Wilkinson & Bacerra, LAT

The U.S. connection has helped inspire fundraising events from Southern California to Chicago. But the strength -- and actions -- of some of the vigilante groups has worried the Me...

Turning Mexico into a Servile U.S. Client - John Ackerman, The Nation

Enrique Peña Nieto is using violence and repression to dismantle his country’s progressive legacy....

Can America Trust Mexico's President? - John Ackerman, Los Angeles Times

Pena Nieto will be eager to shake hands and take photographs with Kerry this week, but it would be a mistake for the U.S. to trust a man whose only interest appears to be his perso...

Inside Mexico's Feared Sinaloa Drug Cartel - Paul Wood, BBC Magazine

Some of Mexico's leading drugs traffickers have been killed or captured in recent months, including the head of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. But inside the secretive world of this ...

China's Latin American Empire - America Economia

China is set to supplant the US as Latin America's preeminent outside economic power: it remains to be seen if that is a good thing....

We Love Mexican -- Why Don't We Love Mexico? - Anthony Bourdain

Americans love Mexican food. We consume nachos, tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, tamales and anything resembling Mexican in enormous quantities. We love Mexican beverages, happ...

The Hunt for El Chapo - Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker

On several occasions, authorities had come close to catching Guzmán. In 2004, the Mexican Army descended on a dusty ranch in Sinaloa where he was holed up, but he had advanc...

The Most Interesting Man in the World - Alexa Poteet, National Interest

His coif is the envy of Mitt Romney. He’s so handsome his soap-star wife is known as “the seagull.” He managed to get elected president of the tenth-largest economy in the wo...

A Drug Lord Cuts a Deal - Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker

The notion of Zambada as a kind of Mexican Whitey Bulger, allowed to operate with impunity in exchange for passing along bits of information about his enemies, has a certain intuit...

The Zetas Conquered Mexico with Walkie-Talkies - Damon Tabor, PopSci

That a cartel had begun employing communications experts was likely news to most of law enforcement. That it had pulled off a massive engineering project spanning most of Mexico&md...

Mexico's New Friend: Castro's Cuba - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

There are many theories about why Mexico is cozying up to Cuba’s dictatorship and looking the other way as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro brutally represses stree...

Mexico on the Edge of Chaos - Alan Dowd, The American

To optimists, the recent arrest in Mexico of the world's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, and Mexico’s bloody drug war generally, are proo...

Will the Capture of 'El Chapo' Change Anything? - Tim Fernholz, Quartz

After the capture of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, head of the world-spanning Sinaloa drug cartel and a cagey escape artist who spent over a decade as a fugi...

Will 'El Chapo' Rule from Prison? - John P. Sullivan, The Daily Beast

A joint U.S.-Mexico security operation ended a 13-year manhunt for El Chapo, the head of the feared Sinaloa cartel....

As Allies Fell, Noose Closed on 'El Chapo' - Duran, Spagat & Weissenstein, AP

For 13 years Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman watched from the rugged mountains of western Mexico as authorities captured or killed the leaders of every group that challenged his Sinaloa ...

For Mexico, Pot Legalization Is Freedom - Vincente Fox, Globe and Mail

The dramatic war on drugs in Mexico, in which tens of thousands of young Mexicans have been killed, is proof of prohibition’s failure. These people were not born criminals; t...

The Suburbanization of Mexico - Wendell Cox, New Geography

In Mexico, as almost everywhere, cities continue to expand to provide more living space for an emerging suburban middle-class. This is obvious in the new townhouse (attached house)...

Why Cuba Is Back at the Center of Mexican Politics - Luis Rubio, Economia

Security became central in the Mexican government's logic towardCuba the day Fidel Castro set out from the Veracruz coast, to forge a revolution in Cuba. In the early years of...

Narcos in the Mist: Cartels Move to the Jungle - Ben Wolford, Newsweek

It turns out that U.S. intervention has driven traffickers away from the cities and towns of Mexico and deep into the forests of Honduras and Guatemala. There they’ve chopped dow...

Mexico's Reversal of Fortune - Gary Regenstreif, Reuters

In Latin America, this looks to be the year of Brazil — thanks to the impending World Cup and presidential elections. But with another lackluster year looming in emerging mar...

Meth Gangsters vs. Citizen Militias in Mexico - Dudley Althaus, Global Post

MEXICO CITY - Hell seems ever more liable to bust loose in western Mexico's Michoacan state, with heavily armed civilians squaring off against feared meth-producing gangsters who'v...

Selling Out the Mexican Revolution - Fernando Chavez, America Economia

Originally published in America Economia. MEXICO CITY - The great social revolutions of the early 20th century are dead. Only their myths and founding echoes remain, as the legenda...

Drug Traffickers Threaten Central America - Elliott Abrams, Miami H'ld

Thirty years after the Kissinger commission report, democracy and peace in Central America are again at risk. This time the foreign intervention is from immensely wealthy criminal ...

The MINT Countries: Next Economic Giants? - Jim O'Neill, BBC Magazine

This is the envy of many developed countries but also two of the Bric countries, China and Russia. So, if Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey get their act together, some of them...

Another Failed Revolution Against Capitalism - Andres Oppenheimer, MH

It has been 20 years since Zapatista Indian rebels rose up in arms in southern Mexico and I traveled to the Chiapas jungle to interview their charismatic leader, Subcommander Marco...

How NAFTA Shafted Mexico - Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian

It's tough to imagine Mexico doing worse without NAFTA. Perhaps this is part of the reason why Washington's proposed "Free Trade Area of the Americas" was roundly rejected by the r...

Can Pena Nieto Consolidate Mexico Reforms? - Duncan Wood, GPS

Although the Mexican government retains its positive image in the international arena, at home the president’s popularity has undergone a major decline. Peña Nieto currently c...

Mexico's Revolution Has Begun - Frida Ghitis, World Politics Review

Few countries have claimed for themselves the mantle of revolution as frequently and as fervently as Mexico. Previous efforts brought change, even revolutionary change, but failed ...

Mexico's Amazing Year - Bloomberg

Spare a thought for Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto. After engineering an ambitious reformist pact among Mexico’s three major political parties, he whirled through his fi...

Mexico Arrives - Michael Barone, Creators Syndicate

Most Americans have an image of Mexico as a nation convulsed by violent drug wars and sending hundreds of thousands of desperate immigrants across our southern border. That image ...

2014: Is This Latin America's Big Year? - Alexa McMahon, National Interest

The 1980s were unkind to Latin America. Surging drug violence, economic turmoil, and a staggering debt crisis all led to our southern neighbors’ “lost decade”. Ye...

4 Global Stories You May Have Missed in 2013 - Scoblete & Sullivan, GPS

There was no shortage of eye-grabbing global headlines in 2013. The Catholic Church chose a new Pope. China and Russia flexed their muscles. The U.S. and Iran, meanwhile, took a st...

Mexico Showed the Way in 2013 - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

It is too early to tell whether Mexico's 2013 reforms will indeed turn the country into the new star of the emerging world. Much of it will depend on whether Peña Nieto is a...

Why Are More Children Walking into the U.S.? - Ian Gordon, Mother Jones

Enedelia Arriaga* set off on the six-week journey along the migrant trail at 14, leaving her parents and nine younger siblings behind in the highlands of rural Guatemala. She rode ...

Mexico's Game-Changing Oil Reform - Jaime Daremblum, RealClearWorld

Make no mistake: Peña Nieto's historic energy law is a true game changer, both for Mexico and for international energy markets. Duncan Wood, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center'...

Mexico's Reforms: Good, Bad and Ugly - Noriega & Trigos, The American

Mexico’s Congress has delivered an energy reform plan that could alter Mexico’s economic outlook for decades to come, but its populist tax policies and profligate spending th...

Mexico's Oil Breakthrough Opens the Door - Washington Post

While Congress was congratulating itself on reaching a minimalist bipartisan deal on the budget, Mexico demonstrated how a more functional democracy can tackle a nation’s biggest...

Mexico's Troubling Vigilantism - Ted Galen Carpenter, National Interest

Mexico’s infamous drug cartels have terrorized the country for years. Since 2006, at least 60,000 people have perished in armed conflicts between the cartels and the Mexican ...

Don't Worry (Too Much) About Stolen Nuke Waste - Josh Keating, Slate

The International Atomic Energy Agency is reporting that a truck carrying “extremely dangerous” radioactive material intended for use in medical treatment has been...

It's Make or Break for Mexico's President - The Economist

A YEAR ago Enrique Peña Nieto became Mexico’s president, promising a series of reforms aimed at raising the country’s unimpressive economic growth. To overcome a...

Mexico's Critical, Fragile Compromises - Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail

In Mexico something remarkable and controversial is unfolding. In less than a year, President Enrique Pena Nieto and his party are negotiating with both other parties in Congress o...

How a Ruthless Drug Cartel Was Beaten - Katherine Corcoran, AP

TEPALCATEPEC, Mexico (AP) -- For lime grower Hipolito Mora, it was time to organize and pick up arms when a packing company controlled by a brutal drug cartel refused to buy his fr...

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