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British journalist Joseph Woby is one of the best long-form writers around, as he risks his life to tell stories from the road.

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Globe and Mail | LINKS|

As the death count grows in Mexico, so does the economy

While the horrifying number of drug-related causalities continues to rise in Mexico, so does the economy. More Mexicans than ever are educated and now identify as middle class, writes Marina Jimenez.

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BBC | LINKS|

Mexico drug wars: massacre claims 49 people

The latest in a spate of drug-related massacres in northern Mexico has seen 49 decapitated bodies dumped by a roadside, making identification difficult, reports BBC News.

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New York Times | ART & DESIGN|

Inside the casas of Mexico’s drug lords

Bullet riddled walls, flak jackets and opulent domed palaces with disco balls — the homes of Mexico’s drug cartels are an interesting mix of business and pleasure, writes Damien Cave.

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Reuters | LINKS|

Two thirds of global murders occur in Africa or central America

Thanks to the worsening drug wars, men in Central America have a whopping 1 in 50 chance of being murdered before 30, according to a new United Nations report.

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Wired | LINKS|

Mexican drug cartels declare war on ‘internet snitches’

Mexican drug cartels appear to no longer make a distinction between old and new media, declaring the beginning of a violent war against ‘internet snitches,’ reports Robert Beckhusen.

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New York Times | LINKS|

The women soldiers in Mexico’s drug wars

The number of women in Mexican jails have jumped by 400% since 2007. But why? Most of the women are very young, used as tempting bait by gangs looking to kidnap male victims. Damien Cave examines the femnisation of the drug cartels.

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Time | LINKS|

The human cost of Mexico’s drug war

A haunting gallery by TIME photographer Shaul Schwarz chronicling the devastation of Mexico’s violent drug war, from murdered bodies in cars to grieving parents.

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Editor & Publisher | JOURNALISM|

The bloody war for freedom of press in Mexico

Threats and killings have, with few exceptions, successfully muted the Mexican press, who are fighting a losing battle for freedom of expression in one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, writes Joseph J. Kolp.

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Letter from … Mexico, under its smoking guns

It is true that American demand keeps the cartels in business and that American legislation keeps the business illegal, writes Matthew Clayfield, a Sydney-based writer and critic.

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Economist | LINKS|

Drug trafficking routes in Mexico

Drug cartels in Mexico, which ruthlessly fight each other for a share of the market, also battle to control drug trafficking routes to the US worth billions of dollars. The Economist depicts the routes on an interactive map.

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