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Northern Mexico is home to the three most dangerous states in the country for journalists to ply their trade in. The story of Jaime Gonzalez -- the first journalist killed during the term of President Enrique Peña Nieto -- shows that in this region, refusing to publish stories about organized crime can be as dangerous as doing so.

Published in News Analysis
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:24

The Current State of Mexico's Many Drug Cartels

It is tempting to separate Mexico's drug cartels into six hierarchical groups, each competing for trafficking turf. The reality, however, is that the Sinaloa Federation, the Gulf Cartel, the Tijuana Cartel, the Juarez Cartel, the Zetas and La Familia, not to mention several new offshoot organizations, are fluid, dynamic, for-profit syndicates that sometimes operate under the umbrella of what are effectively conglomerates but more often than not operate as independent, smaller-scale franchises.

Published in News Analysis

Panama's intelligence sources have identified four major Mexican cartels operating in that country, another sign of the widening reach of Mexico's criminals across the region, and of Panama's importance as a regional depot for drug traffickers.

Published in News Briefs

Police in Mexico have arrested the alleged leader of the Juarez Cartel, who is also the brother of the cartel's late founder, raising the question of what will happen to the already battered organization.

Published in News Briefs
Friday, 23 August 2013 02:30

Is Violence Returning to Ciudad Juarez?

The drop in violence in Ciudad Juarez remains one of the most dramatic turnarounds of Mexico’s drug war, but a recent rise in killings raises questions about the durability of the gains.

Published in News Analysis
Friday, 02 August 2013 00:00

Juarez Cartel

The Juarez Cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of narcotics from Mexico into the U.S. throughout its long and turbulent history, and the group’s intense rivalry with the Sinaloa Cartel helped turn Juarez into one of the most violent places in the world.

Published in Groups Mexico

In 2010 Ciudad Juarez was one of the most violent and dangerous cities in the world, a frontline battleground in the "War on Drugs." Then, in 2011, the crime rate began to fall sharply—and kept falling. Today, the city has morphed back into a lively border city with bustling markets and active nightlife. The Juarez Metropolitan Police take the credit, but in fact, much of the credit should go to the 177 private security companies who guard stores, patrol the streets and serve as personal bodyguards.

Published in News Analysis
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 07:28

Juarez Cartel

The Juarez Cartel is responsible for smuggling tons of narcotics from Mexico into the U.S. throughout its long and turbulent history, and the group’s intense rivalry with the Sinaloa Cartel helped turn Juarez into one of the most violent places in the world. 

Published in Profiles Groups Mexico
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 00:00

How Mexico's Underworld Became Violent

Mexico’s battles with drug trafficking have been a constant in the country’s modern history, but the activities and organization of the criminal groups operating in the clandestine industry have been in a state of constant flux. That flux, which continues today, lies at the heart of Mexico's violence.

Published in News Analysis
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:43

Ciudad Juarez: Mapping the Violence

Juarez has always been a volatile place. It is a border city that draws huge numbers of migrants seeking work, and engenders large discrepancies between its wealthiest and poorest residents -- all factors associated with violence.

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