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Fiction Merges With Facts in Netflix's 'El Chapo'

Fiction Merges With Facts in Netflix's 'El Chapo'

InSight Crime Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello reflects on the new television series "El Chapo" in light of her experience covering the real-life crime boss, drug-related violence and other security issues in Mexico. Warning: This article contains spoilers.

Officials Resist Blaming 'Cartels' for Deadly Mexico City Clashes

Officials Resist Blaming 'Cartels' for Deadly Mexico City Clashes

A clash between Mexico's Marines and a criminal group in Mexico City has left eight dead, again raising questions about shifting dynamics in the county's criminal landscape and whether organized crime-linked violence has penetrated an area largely devoid of it thus far.

Mexico Authorities Schizophrenic on Self-Defense Groups

Mexico Authorities Schizophrenic on Self-Defense Groups

The presence of armed civilian self-defense groups across Mexico will only cause "anarchy," according to the country's interior minister. His recent comments underscore a lack of coherent public policy on key security issues, as well as the precarious situation faced by citizens exposed to high levels of violence.

Are Central American Gangs Growing in Southern Mexico?

Are Central American Gangs Growing in Southern Mexico?

Authorities in Mexico's southern border region have detained a growing number of gang members in 2017. Their affiliation, however, is reportedly with two Central American gangs, the MS13 and Barrio 18, raising questions about whether or not these crime groups are having a resurgence in Mexico.

Mexico Spyware Scandal a Gift for Organized Crime

Mexico Spyware Scandal a Gift for Organized Crime

Recent revelations about the government of Mexico's widespread use of spyware to monitor adversaries in the press and the human rights community represent a gift for organized crime.

As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something more like normality. InSight Crime looks at the role politicians, police, and for-hire street gangs played in the fighting -- asking who won, and what is next for the Mexican border city.