These are thoughts I put together on Facebook earlier, and decided to share them here as well. As most of the world knows by now, the world’s top drug cartel boss, a man I have been writing about for years, is free. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped over the weekend after spending 17 months in … More Depraved drug lord’s escape is no laughing matter
The movement for a free Kurdistan in Syria and the Middle East is finding support from all corners of the globe. Take a look at a graffiti slogan I encountered while strolling through the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina during a trip to South America earlier this month that was sparked by other … More Kurdistán está inspirando el mundo
Having just returned from Tijuana last week (and many times before that), I will say it’s always thought-provoking to see the traffic congestion slowly moving past the border checkpoints, wondering what illicit cargo some of the travelers might be carrying and what tactic they’ve used to conceal it. This guy and his associates, however, seem … More Record marijuana haul taken down at San Diego-Tijuana border crossing
Somewhere between tales of deflated footballs, movie fury and the United States facing one foreign policy headache after another is the fate that befell Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman on January 18. Far flung from the power vacuum gripping the Middle East but tirelessly working on a piece of the puzzle behind it, Nisman was in the … More A death in Buenos Aires will not rewrite the past
Here is a dispatch I put together from Honduras last year, in the violence-plagued city of San Pedro Sula. A few things have changed since I drafted it – such as the arrest of El Chapo Guzman in Mexico and the election of Juan Orlando Hernandez as president in November – but with the waves … More Who’s running Honduras?
Guatemala City, Guatemala…taken a few days after I concluded my research project in Honduras. If you have a stopover in this exciting and cultural capital, with time for just one thing, be sure to visit a convenience store and pick up some “Gallo” beer. Between that and taking a walk through the markets, Guatemala City … More Taxi ride through Guatemala City
Ciudad Juarez had a troubled past even before the wave of drug-related killings that engulfed the border metropolis from 2008 to 2011. In the 90’s it gained notoriety for the unsolved murders of hundreds of women — mainly destitute migrants struggling to make ends meet — who were tormented in some of the most graphic … More Revenge murders highlight failure of justice in Ciudad Juarez