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6 Things Going On In Mexico’s Drug War That Matter More Than El Chapo

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It doesn’t. Capturing the leader of Mexico’s largest drug trafficking organization was an important event, but many experts predict it won’t do much to change the fundamental dynamics of a drug war that has left more than 100,000 people dead in Mexico over the last decade. ASSOCIATED PRESS Family members mourn the death of Gisela Mota, the mayor of Texmico who was assassinated within one day of taking office on Jan. 2. She is one of 100 slain Mexican mayors over the last decade. The incident highlights the dangers facing local elected officials in Mexico: Nearly ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Coahuila […]

One Extremely Important Takeaway From Rolling Stones El Chapo Story

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Critics have been quick to pounce on Penn, whose article focused at least as much on himself as it did on the fugitive drug capo. But the piece did contain one important nugget that should prompt Americans to rethink how their government is fighting a four-decade war against drugs. In a pre-recorded video, Guzmán told Rolling Stone repeatedly that he got involved in drug trafficking in the first place because he didn’t have any other options. ASSOCIATED PRESS In this March 4, 2010, file photo, a soldier stands on a poppy field during an eradication supervised by the army on […]

Is This Sobbing Woman Really El Chapos Daughter?

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Last March, Jose Luis Montenegro, a Mexican journalist who wrote a brief e-book on the children of drug traffickers, published a blockbuster piece for The Guardian on Rosa Isela Guzman Ortiz, the woman he described as the unknown eldest daughter of drug kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzmn. The woman he described as a "39-year-old American" runs a "small chain of carwashes, beauty salons and cafes. Her businesses are doing "very well, he said, judging by the Rolex on her wrist, the Louis Vuitton bag at her feet and the Mercedes Benz parked outside. No such accoutrements were in sight when […]
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