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
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
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?
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
Last week I was invited for an interview on (un) Common Sense, an Australian radio/podcast show based out of Perth. Consider giving it a listen as I detail some of my most interesting (and disturbing) experiences in Honduras and Central America. The link can be found here, although a shortcut directly to the broadcast can … More Australian radio interview
I visited TJ back in March for a few days and I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. My friends who live there, though, corroborate this story. They tell me that things have gotten worse since I called the city my home in 2011. More than 250 people have been killed in Tijuana so … More 2013 brings a spike in Tijuana violence
According to a new report: A new report by the Trans-Border Institute documents the major trends in Mexico’s drug war last year, which saw violence dropping in some of the most dangerous areas, and rising in places far from the US border. This trend should not be surprising. At the beginning of the year I … More Violence falls along Mexico’s border region, rises further south