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Introducing the gangster warlords of Latin America

In an excerpt from his new book, former GlobalPost correspondent Ioan Grillo finds his way to a Brazilian cocaine party.... Read more»0

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Oscar nominee 'Cartel Land' exposes horrors of Mexico's drug war

The world has long read about shady Mexican cartels cooking up tons of crystal meth, gun-battling in broad daylight, and torturing victims. Now viewers can watch it for real from the comfort of a movie theater seat. The action follows two vigilantes — one Mexican, one American — who battle the cartels on each side of the border.... Read more»0

Crime novel about Mexico's drug violence as painful as the true story

Do novels about the drug war glorify violence? The best-selling author of 'The Cartel' says he wrestles with the question constantly.... Read more»0

Mexican judge wants to allow same-sex couples to adopt children

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality across the country. Now it could go a step further.... Read more»0

Drug kingpin 'El Chapo' Guzman escaped from Mexican prison. Again.

Mexicans are used to stories of extraordinary prison escapes. In one case, more than 140 inmates stormed out of a penitentiary near the border with Laredo, Texas. In another, 53 prisoners fled in a convoy of 17 vehicles backed by a helicopter in Zacatecas. Yet the news of the jail break that woke people here on Sunday still beggared disbelief. ... Read more»0

Mexico gets more money from migrants than from oil exports

Migrant workers' remittances have almost bounced back to their pre-Great Recession peak. In the first three months of 2015, migrants sent home $5.7 billion.... Read more»0

'Zero Dark Thirty' filmmaker exposes horrors of Mexican drug war

The world has long read about shady Mexican cartels cooking up tons of crystal meth, gun-battling in broad daylight, and torturing victims. Now viewers can watch it for real from the comfort of a movie theater seat. The action follows two vigilantes — one Mexican, one American — who battle the cartels on each side of the border.... Read more»1

Univision drops Miss Universe after Trump's anti-Mexican remarks

Univision just announced it will cancel its relationship with Miss Universe, which is partly owned by Trump, "based on his recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants."That could hit the Donald where it hurts — his wallet.... Read more»0

Mexico to Donald Trump: You are one ‘ignorant,' 'prejudiced' hombre

'They’re rapists,' Trump said of Mexicans while announcing his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.... Read more»0

Obama wants to give $1 billion to scandal wracked Central American gov'ts

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are in a crucial phase of lobbying for new U.S. funds to help them break cycles of poverty and violence, and stem migration. But the presidents of both Honduras and Guatemala have recently come under fire for alleged corruption.... Read more»0

Mexican taxis promise to 'hunt down' Uber drivers

A leader of Mexico State’s taxi drivers actually said as much: “We are not going to leave [Uber cars] alone. We are tracking these colleagues and hunting them down,” Esteban Meza, who represents about 13,000 cabbies, told the country's top-selling newspaper, El Universal.... Read more»1

U.S. drops Cuba from terror list, but obstacles remain

The United States removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism Friday, but obstacles remain in relations between the two countries.... Read more»0

Signs that Mexico is finally taking its corruption problem seriously

A new website exposes candidates' wealth, and a new anti-corruption system could make dirty politicos more vulnerable to prosecution.... Read more»0

Trans-Pacific Partnership

U.S.-backed trade deal could stop the poor from getting life-saving meds

Hundreds of millions of patients around the Pacific rim face losing the chance to use new, cheap generic drugs to treat a host of conditions thanks to the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership. The TPP will be the world’s largest ever trade agreement — and it's being negotiated behind closed doors.... Read more»0

Mexican cartels robbing millions from multinational corporations

When gunmen in Mexico carried out one of the world’s biggest ever gold heists this month, Canadian pit operator McEwen Mining was left looking at $8.5 million in lost metal.... Read more»0

DEA gets sued for spying on Americans' int'l phone calls

Human Rights Watch wants to make sure the U.S. drug agency terminates and never restarts its bulk phone data collection.... Read more»0

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