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Follow Friday: @bloggingsbyboz, who has both eyes on Latin America

If you want to understand Latin America, James Bosworth’s Twitter feed is a very good place to start. The strategic analyst is Crikey’s latest Follow Friday story.

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Back to the future with Mexican drug strategy

In their very different ways, the voters of Mexico and the education bureaucrats of Victoria seem to have reached the same conclusion.

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Wired | LINKS|

Mexican blogger decapitated by drug cartel

It’s a tough time to be an outspoken blogger or social media user in Mexico, with four murdered in horrific ways recently. The latest, a moderator on a popular social network site, was decapitated for tipping authorities off about cartels.

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Time | LINKS|

The tale of a convicted Mexican drug cartel murderer

From a dirty prison cell in Juarez, Mexico, UK journalist Ioan Grillo interviews Gonzalo, a former drug cartel leader — responsible for kidnappings, torture and numerous murders — now turned born-again Christian.

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The Guardian | LINKS|

Shots fired by the river, unknown number of dead #mexicandrugwars

As Mexican newspapers see their journalists killed and threatened for reporting the drug wars, bloggers and tweeters are increasingly the most effective media for following the assassinations, shootings and kidnappings as they happen.

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The Guardian | LINKS|

Señor drug trafficker, can you stop killing our journos?

Mexican newspaper El Diario de Juárez penned an editorial to the drug lords running the town, asking what exactly it can and cannot publish, following the assassination of another of its journalists last week.

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Boing Boing | LINKS|

Blogging Mexico’s messy drug war

Written by an anonymous twentysomething student, Blog De Narco chronicles the brutal violent drug wars underway in Mexico, including photos of bloody assassinated bodies and gold saint-encrusted guns. Boing Boing interviews the creator.

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Global Post | LINKS|

Election season in a drug war

Mexico’s drug war ravages on, with even a candidate in the race for a state Governor sitting in a federal prison on drug charges. With political candidates embroiled in drug crime, how does the country hold elections?

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Miami Herald | LINKS|

Mexico’s murder city

Caught in the center of Mexico’s drug wars, Ciudad Juárez is now the most dangerous city in the world outside of a war zone, with 686 murders this year alone.

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TomDispatch | UNITED STATES|

Behind the frontlines of Mexico’s drug wars

Investigative journalist Tomas Kellner and former UN adviser Francesco Pipitone offer a shocking inside account of how drug cartels are tearing Mexico apart.

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