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Even caged, Mexican kingpin El Chapo can bite

MEXICO CITY — With cartel kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman back behind bars, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto must decide what to do with his prize, as communities and gunmen the mega-gangster controlled brace for a bloody backlash.

Why Mexico's 'drug war' is not about drugs

TIERRA COLORADA — Major events these days in Mexico's seven-year-long criminal conflict have precious little to do with a war on drugs.

Another mayor dies in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Ygnacio Lopez was the mayor of a small town in western Mexico’s gang-dominated Michoacan state. He had just returned home from an 18-day hunger strike outside the Mexican senate, in which he dangerously denounced the gangsters’ extortion of local governments. 

Mexico's mayors are under the gangster gun

MEXICO CITY — A 61-year-old mayor of a lakeside township northwest of Mexico City is on hunger strike outside this country's senate building. He's demanding more government funds and greater protection from gangland extortion for the nation’s 2,400 mayors. Two out of five town halls are threatened by organized crime, after dozens of mayors have been murdered or gone missing in more than six years of drug war.

Mexico police find mass grave outside capital

MEXICO CITY — Police were pulling as many as 13 badly decomposed bodies from secret graves on the eastern edge of the Mexican capital Thursday amid widespread speculation they include those of a dozen young people snatched in late May from a bar blocks from the US Embassy.

How the Sinaloa cartel won Mexico’s drug war

BADIRAGUATO, Mexico — For well over a century, local farmers have harvested marijuana and opium in the rugged mountains nearby. Since the 1980s, the Sinaloa cartel has acted as their Wal-Mart, transporting the mind-bending cargo north with quasi-corporate efficiency, and distributing it to a narcotics-craving United States market. Now, with 70,000 dead in Mexico's drug war, critics claim the Sinaloa cartel has "won" the country's drug war.

Number of the Day: 26,121

According to government officials, at least 26,121 people have been reported missing during President Felipe Calderon's six-year term.
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Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)
According to Mexican government officials, 26,121 disappearances have been reported over the course of Calderon's six-year term. This list has been the subject of controversy for weeks.
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Drug war continues: 'El Chapo' Guzman not dead after all

MEXICO CITY — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, allegedly the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, did not die in a shooting in northern Guatemala, a Guatemalan government spokesman told GlobalPost.

Mexico: War on drugs to get new strategy

Mexico has unveiled their newest strategy on the country's war on drugs, one that involves filtering money into the communities most affected by drug violence and criminal organization.

Mexico: Calderon’s legacy of blood and busts

MEXICO CITY — Shortly after taking office in 2006, Mexican President Felipe Calderon donned a green army uniform and vowed to his troops about to be sent out to battle against drug cartels: "New pages of glory will be written." Tens of thousands of drug war killings later, the president, who leaves office Saturday, said the soldiers will be remembered with "sadness and affection." Calderon, however, leaves behind a much more bitter legacy for those afflicted by his escalated, US-backed war on drugs.
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