Author Archives: Jessica Guerrero

2022: A Lethal Year in Michoacán

By JESSICA GUERRERO MORELIA, Michoacán — Figures indicate that an average of 86 people are violently murdered each day in Mexico in 2022. Almost all the causes have a common denominator, and that is the drug violence that prevails throughout the country. Massacres, forced disappearances and shootings are the daily bread in states like Jalisco, Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, Zacatecas and Michoacán. In

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Mexico’s Counterfeit Drug Industry, an Open Secret

By JESSICA GUERRERO MORELIA, Michoacán — In the last two years, the pharmaceutical industry in the world has had to work at a forced march. The excessive demand for medical supplies and the extreme pressure for the creation of drugs for a virus that was then technically new to humanity impacted the global production line of drugs. This pandemic also brought

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Ecuador: South America’s Next Narco-State

By JESSICA GUERRERO MORELIA, Michoacán —  The evolution of Mexico’s cartels over the last decades has been exponential and incredibly abrupt. Despite much-touted government efforts to dismantle and eradicate these criminal groups since the beginning of the drug war in 2006, these criminal organizations have managed not only to survive, but to thrive, strengthening and strategically expanding beyond the country’s

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Cuauhtémoc Blanco: Morena’s Smart Move or Political Liability?

By JESSICA GUERRERO MORELIA, Michoacán — For years, Mexican politics have been nurtured by high-profile personalities from different areas of Mexican society such as celebrities, businessmen, writers and prominent athletes. This situation, far from being caused by the scarcity of members of the political parties, is rather a strategic move by these institutions to attract voters on a large scale, taking

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Elections in Coahuila: PRI’s Second Last Stronghold at Stake

By JESSICA GUERRERO MORELIA, Michoacán — Each day that passes is one less until the next midterm elections in Mexico take place next year, when representatives for the local congresses, as well as the governors for the State of Mexico and the Coahuila, located in central and northern Mexico respectively, will be determined. Coahuila, a state located in the heart of

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Michoacán’s Pueblos Unidos: Empowered Farmers or Vigilante Terrorists?

By JESSICA GUERRERO MORELIA, Michoacán — During the last two weeks, the country has faced a serious security crisis, after several violent incidents took place across cities located in the states of Baja California, Chihuahua and Guanajuato, where different organized crime groups directly attacked civilians and set fires to dozens of businesses and private vehicles. The aforementioned resulted, in the first

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