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Dispatch From Mexico: Calling Bullshit on Gringo Travel Advisories

I saw that the US government posted an “extreme warning” travel advisory about Mexico last week and wanted to weigh in on the bullshit. If you’re traveling to Culiacan or Acapulco, or any major Mexican city for that matter, you…

February 26th, 2009 | Comments (36)

This is a video of shootout that happened a few days ago (the same day the international bridge into America was blocked in Reynosa), that Yasha Levine sent along, asking me to decipher what the hell is going on. Well,…

February 23rd, 2009 | Comments (19)

How my buddy was kidnapped and pistol-whipped for 22 days...and other Mexican kidnapping stories

MONTERREY, MEXICO — Kidnapping and Mexico, they go together like beans and rice. There has always been a kidnapping industry in Mexico. It’s not for nothing that we have become the kidnapping capital of the world. Yep, that’s a true,…

February 3rd, 2009 | Comments (30)

Global Dispatch: How Do People Buy Drugs in Mexico?

Pancho Montana is an eXiled Special Mexican War on Drugs Correspondent. As a native of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, located in northern Mexico, Mr. Montana lives in Gulf Cartel territory. That means the streets belong to the Zetas, a paramilitary organization…

January 26th, 2009 | Comments (24)

Literature on Mexico's Drug War You Can Read, Sort Of

Today’s Topic: In semi-praise of Down by the River. Statement of the Grand Inquisitor: As we have ruled earlier, there are few good books. Down by the River by Charles Bowden, a meandering and disorganized collection of facts, soundbites and…

January 21st, 2009 | Comments (17)

Mexican Babe Wins "Miss Drug Universe 2008"

Miss Drug Universe 2008: Laura Elena Zúñiga On Monday night, Mexican police nabbed Laura Elena Zúñiga Huizar, a 23-year-old babe named “Miss Sinaloa 2008.” Ms. Zúñiga, who also holds the title of “Queen of Latin America 2008,” was traveling in…

December 23rd, 2008 | Comments (4)

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