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Mexican Drug War
Mexican Drug War news and analysis from The Nation
August 2, 2021
The Story of “El Chapo” and Why the Drug War Will Never End
A conversation with Noah Hurowitz about his new book on the Mexican drug lord and the lurid spectacle of mainstream drug coverage.
February 25, 2021
Mexico Could Soon Become the Largest Legal Marijuana Market in the World
But activists say the law fails to address the widespread pain that decades of militarized enforcement have caused.
May 18, 2020
The Other Epidemic
Public health insights are reshaping our understanding of how violence spreads.
April 22, 2019
In Mexico, ‘The Cartels Do Not Exist’: A Q&A With Oswaldo Zavala
The CUNY professor’s new book about drug trafficking has sparked controversy in Mexico, but he says the US isn’t yet ready for the discussion.
April 17, 2019
Mexico’s President Says the War on Drugs Is Over. Not All Mexicans Agree.
AMLO’s new drug policies are a gamble, with implications on everything from internal displacements to international relations.
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March 8, 2019
How AMLO Is Taking on Mexico’s Billion-Dollar Gasoline Thieves
For years, the country’s war on illicit activity has only encouraged more violence. Its new president has a plan to change that.
January 10, 2019
Will Mexico’s New President Seek Justice for the Disappeared?
Thousands are missing in the country’s drug war—many of them seized by government security forces.
July 26, 2018
Heroes of Their Own Story: Notes on the Mexican Election
July 1 was not the ultimate victory, only the animating first step.
July 6, 2018
Mexico Says ¡Basta Ya!
Sunday’s election was, above all, a vote to punish the established parties, in a country where corruption has enriched a tiny elite and left half the population in poverty.
June 26, 2018
Why Are Mainstream Media Slandering Mexico’s López Obrador?
Instead of recognizing neoliberalism’s failure, they attack the Mexican leader who has successfully indicted it.