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US Urges Four Latin American Nations to Cut Contacts with North Korea

The Associated Press

Vice President Mike Pence is calling on Chile to “break all diplomatic and commercial ties” to North Korea. He’s making the same ask of Peru, Mexico and Brazil.

Women Kicked Out Organized Crime in an Indigenous Town in the State of Michoacan


After years of resisting illegal logging and organized crime, indigenous people in the town of Cheran Mexico demanded justice for their assassinated community members and respect for their autonomous government.

Governors Gone Wild: Mexico Faces ’Lost Generation’ of Corrupt Leaders

The Conversation

Nearly 90% of Mexicans see the state and federal government as deeply corrupt, according to the Mexican National Institute of Statistics and Geography. Citizens regard corruption as the second most important problem facing the country, after crime and violence.

U.N. Rights Panel Urges End to Detention of Would-Be Immigrants in U.S.

Thomson Reuters

A U.N. human rights panel has urged the United States to end widespread detention of would-be immigrants including asylum-seekers, saying the practice has "grown exponentially" and violates international law.

’The Help Never Lasts’: Why Has Mexico’s Education Revolution Failed?

The Guardian

Education was meant to be president Enrique Pena Nieto’s flagship policy. Yet salaries are still being paid to ‘ghost teachers’ who never enter a classroom, while children lack the tools – and even the food – they need to learn.

Drug Traffickers Have Infiltrated All Mexican Institutions, Warns Father Alejandro Solalinde

Eurasia Review

I usually define my government as a “narcokleptocracy”. The drug traffickers have infiltrated all the Mexican institutions. It is unusual to find — and I have never met one — a politician or government official that does not steal.

#AgendaDePeriodistas Seeks Working Plan to Combat Violence Against Press in Mexico

Journalism in the Americas

Valuing journalistic work in Mexico, ending impunity of attacks against journalists and strengthening the guild are the preliminary objectives of the participants of the working groups of the #AgendaDePeriodistas initiative.

Fighting Mexico’s Corruption, Experts Using Comic Books to Tackle Graft

TRT World

A Mexican think tank has come up with an entertaining way to teach people about the damaging effects of corruption. The strategy involves comic books.

Latin America Slams Trump’s ’Military Options’ Threat on Beleaguered Venezuela


After months of attacking Venezuela’s unpopular President Nicolas Maduro, Latin America came out strongly against U.S. threats of military action against the struggling OPEC nation.

Despite Justice Reform, Mexican Courts Continue to Restrict Public Access to Proceedings


One of the arguments politicians gave us for changing the old inquisitorial judicial system to an adversarial system is that it would result in more transparency. In the new system, hearings would be public. Once again, they deceived us.

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