When President Obama visited Mexico in May, he spoke a few words of Spanish, praised the paintings of Frida Kahlo and quoted author Octavio Paz. Then he hit his key message: “Because of the sacrifices of generations, a majority …
Legalizing Marijuana and Other Ways the U.S. and Mexico Can Win the Drug War
Obama’s Mexico Visit: Not Just About the Drug War Anymore
When former Mexican President Felipe Calderón waged his war on drug cartels, the media were guaranteed a crime photo op every few weeks. Alleged gangsters were thrust before the press along with heaps of guns, money and …
The Rise of Mexico’s Vigilante Militias: Will They Help or Hurt the Drug War?
Frustrated by the government’s lack of progress against criminal gangs, local communities are fielding their own security forces
Julio Cu Camara, Mexico City’s Sewer Diver
52-year-old Julio Cu Camara dives into the sewage system in Mexico City about four times per month, working anywhere from 30 minutes to six hours to make repairs. His diving suit and helmet weigh more than 80 lbs., protecting him …
Mexico’s New Boom: Why the World Should Tone Down the Hype
I couldn’t be happier that Mexico’s economy is rebounding. After barely 2% average annual growth between 2000 and 2010, the country’s GDP expanded almost 4% in 2011 and 2012. Investment is booming and the middle class is …
Mexico Goes After the Narcos — Before They Join the Gangs
The country’s latest addition to its anticrime strategy is stopping kids from joining cartels
A Gang Rape Reinforces Acapulco’s Decline, but What of Mexico’s Other Resorts?
The once iconic tourist mecca no longer attracts the huge numbers it once did, but tourism is till booming in the rest of Mexico
France Celebrates Return of Convicted Kidnapper From Mexican Prison
Mexico’s Supreme Court frees Florence Cassez after seven years in prison for a 2007 kidnapping conviction that justices ruled was flawed by rights violations. Could that be the start of deep judicial reform in Mexico?
Return of the Zapatistas: Are Mexico’s Rebels Still Relevant?
Subcomandante Marcos has re-emerged to remind Mexico that his movement, while slightly faded, is still entrenched in Chiapas
The World Didn’t End, But the U.S.’s Arrogant Disregard for Mexico Should
The Maya solstice represents a hopeful new cosmological beginning—and that ought to mean an end to our tiresome arrogance and indifference toward the world south of the border.
Tale of Two Corruptos: Brazil and Mexico on Different Transparency Paths
Mexico complains, often rightly so, about being overshadowed by Brazil, but Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index is one more reminder of how Latin America’s two titans differ today
Mexico’s Peña Nieto Talks to TIME: ‘We Can Move Beyond the Drug War’
In a wide-ranging interview, Mexico’s President-elect lays out a vision for curbing narco-violence, unleashing economic growth, reforming his once dictatorial party and regaining his country’s international stature.