Vanity Fair profiles The eXile: "Gutsy...visceral...serious journalism...abusive, defamatory...poignant...paranoid...and right!"
MSNBC: Mark Ames and Yasha Levine
Broke the Koch Brothers' Takeover of America

A year ago this week, a 22-year old Army reject with a shaved head and a 9mm opened rapid-fire on a Congressional meet-and-greet outside a Tucson shopping mall, killing six and wounding 14, including a non-fatal headshot against Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The day after the shooting, I flew to Tucson to look for stories. Upon landing I found my way to Sportsman’s Wharehouse, the massive gun-shop where Loughner had purchased his Glock as easily as buying a bagel. At the counter I saw two kids Loughner’s age with sleeve and neck tattoos indicating current or past membership in one of the area’s many white power gangs. When I asked the guy behind the counter if the shooting had impacted sales, his manager cut me off and said staff weren’t allowed to talk to press. (more…)

January 10th, 2012 | Comments (65)

Mexico Drug War Dispatch: How The Drug Wars Ruined Monterrey's Killer Club Scene

The only difference between now and 2006 is that every fucking bad thing that happens in the city just keeps getting worse: Rising death toll, more cars are stolen, more shootouts and attacks against the police than ever before, more kidnappings, more businesses closing…

September 30th, 2011 | Comments (40)

Snort & Tell: Ukrainian President Yanukovych Bought Coke and Weed...On The Internet! And Then Told The Entire Nation About It On TV, While His Chinovniks Took Notes! Damn, Those Ukrainians Sure Are Hip To Drugs... Maybe They're Libertarians? [HT: Benjamin]

July 1st, 2010 | Comments (1)

BREAKING NEWS: Mexican Army Captures Zetas Commander In Charge of Monterrey

This afternoon the bullets were once again flying over my city, as Mexican Army soldiers captured the JEFE DE PLAZA of the Zetas in Monterrey Héctor Luna “El Tori” (short for Hector), along with other collaborators in an operation in…

June 9th, 2010 | Comments (33)

Mark Ames Interviewed On NPR Radio About "Vanity Fair" Profile, And About Drugs, Whores, & The Sorry State Of American Journalism

Mark Ames joins Vanity Fair writer James Verini for an interview on the NPR radio show “Here & Now” with host Robin Young in Boston. They talk about the incredible 11-year history of the Moscow newspaper “The eXile” which was the…

March 25th, 2010 | Comments (19)

Mexican Drug Cartels Raid Massive Rave Parties, Crack Down On Rival Pushers...

“Raise your hand if you like weed,” the gang leader asked the raver crowd. But nobody raised a hand or so much as moved. They were too scared. So he repeated his question, this time while firing a quick burst from his…

February 28th, 2010 | Comments (30)

An eXiled Recap: Recent Drug Trade Coverage You Might Have Missed

To compliment today’s article by Matt Harvey exposing the media bullshit behind New York’s supposed heroin epidemic, here are a couple of drug-related stories we published in the past year or so that you might have missed. 1. Pancho Montana’s maiden…

October 21st, 2009 | Comments (4)