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Human rights officials in Mexico are investigating an armed attack on 300 migrants travelling north by train through the southern state of Oaxaca, raising the question of whether drug cartels are returning to the major migrant attacks which had more or less disappeared.
Just 2.5 tons of cocaine has been seized so far this year by Mexico's military, highlighting the country's startlingly low interdiction rates and raising the question of why its anti-narcotics efforts contrast so starkly with neighboring countries.
A new self-proclaimed guerrilla army in the state of Guerrero in Mexico has called for the creation of more citizens self-defense groups and the release of jailed group members, the first time attempts have been publically made to link the self-defense movement to radical politics.
Mexico's Knights Templar criminal organization is exerting control over the mining process for iron that supplies the Chinese market, offering another example of how the group has extended its reach into diverse sectors of the Mexican economy.
US authorities have indicted a former Mexican governor accused of drug ties, undermining previous claims that one of Mexico's most prominent corruption cases was a political witch hunt.
Authorities in Mexico have announced the formation of a national network to register, and search for, the country's disappeared, an overdue recognition of an endemic problem linked to organized crime.
A year into President Enrique Peña Nieto's tenure in Mexico, the country’s criminal landscape is largely the same as prior to his arrival, though a number of modifications suggest the beginnings of a new evolution in both the government and the criminals.
The leader of Mexico's Knights Templar has claimed the cartel was twice contacted by the sister of former president Felipe Calderon, who is currently a senator, raising questions of whether the group's corruptive influence has reached the top levels of Mexican politics.
In the view of Mexico's government, coordination in the national security strategy is an end in itself, independent from the goals they are pursuing and from the policies they are implementing. But that is not necessarily a positive thing, writes Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope.
A recent report from a Mexican NGO tackles the crisis in the nation's penitentiary system, unearthing a number of critical factors and providing a handful of potential solutions.