Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Messenger

One wonders even now whether showing her picture could cause more harm, put more people in danger, spread the poison. Her offense? She was an online chat room moderator in Mexico, using the Internet to crusade against her city’s organized … Continue reading

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The Scorpion and the Frog

The Scorpion stung the Frog, sure–but what lay behind the sting in Operation Scorpion? On October 12, Mexico saw its second arrest of a high-level drug lord in eight days. And both arrests, on different sides of Mexico, came wrapped … Continue reading

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The Invasion Chief

War came to Chihuahua on a 100-year loop: Pancho Villa had risen up in 1910 and the Sinaloa Cartel invaded in January 2008. Only now has the Sinaloa Cartel’s mysterious invasion chief come out of the shadows, with the October … Continue reading

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“GN” means Deep Mystery

The 35 bodies dumped last month in eastern Mexico revive an old riddle: Is there a Good-Guy Cartel? The bodies were dumped September 20 in a busy area of Boca del Rio, Veracruz, after gunmen stopped rush hour traffic. Left … Continue reading

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The Road to Nowhere

The road leading to the site of the largest massacre in modern North America is a cipher, publicly unknown–not only untraveled by the international press but apparently never even sought or identified by the news cycle. Where was this epic … Continue reading

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The Face at the Window

Pewee Herman made it clear I wasn’t important. This Mexican border official was an unwitting stereotype, with an odd, sprightly twist, as if mirroring the mincing tics of bow-tied clown-comic Peewee Herman (to whom, apologies). Elaborately showing me how little … Continue reading

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