Technology Fills Gap in Reporting Mexican Drug Cartel Violence
Technology Fills Gap in Reporting Mexican Drug Cartel Violence
By Mariela Rosario | 09/29/2010 - 09:30

Journalists have been murdered at an alarming rate in Mexico over the last few years, and the frightening trend has effectively paralyzed the local news industry. After the murder of a photojournalist at Ciudad Juarez's biggest paper, the Diario de Juárez, the staff responded with a front page editorial pleading with the cartels: "We need you to explain to us what you want us to publish and what not."


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Mexican Drug Cartel Stitches Rival's Face On Soccer Ball
By Dorkys Ramos | 01/12/2010 - 17:25

Last Friday, the body of 36-year-old Hugo Hernandez was found in seven pieces on the streets of Los Mochis along with a threat from one drug cartel to another: “Happy New Year, because this will be your last.” As if dismembering his body weren’t sick enough, his kidnappers also skinned his face and stitched it onto a soccer ball.


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Honduran Drug Czar Murdered
By Mariela Rosario | 12/21/2009 - 10:08

The brutal murder of General Julian Aristides Gonzalez, which occurred after he dropped his daughter off at school just days ago, is the latest indication of the extent to which drug violence is wreaking havoc all across Latin America. Honduras is at the crossroads of drug smuggling, and Gonzalez found himself trying to handle the situation with the smugglers from Colombia, as well as handling the increasing presence of Mexico's drug cartels.


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Brazilian TV Host Accused of Murder Surrenders to Police
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/09/2009 - 17:05

Investigators have been on the hunt for Brazilian TV host and former state legislator Wallace Souza, accused of ordering at least five murders to bolster his ratings and emphasize his point that violence was skyrocketing in the Amazon region of the country. Souza, who denies the allegations, skipped town once a warrant for his arrest was issued.


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Brazilian TV Host Ordered Murders to Boost Ratings
By Mariela Rosario | 08/12/2009 - 09:38

Police in Sao Paolo, Brazil, are investigating Brazilian state legislator Wallace Souza, who is also the host of the popular crime television show Canal Livre. Authorities suspect the politician of ordering at least five murders to bolster his ratings and emphasize his point that violence was skyrocketing in the Amazon region of the country.


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Drug Violence Continues to Plague Mexico’s Northern Border
By Christine Estevez | 07/14/2009 - 12:03

A dozen bound and tortured bodies were discovered dumped on the side of a remote highway in Michoacán. Police found the latest victims of the ongoing battle between rival drug traffickers on Monday.
A threatening message was located near the beaten bodies of 11 men and one woman piled up and wrapped in a tarp, police revealed at the scene. Sadly, this has become a frequent occurrence: Last week, police found four bodies and a menacing note in the same spot.


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Police Detain Arturo Gatti's Brazilian Wife in Mysterious Death of Boxing Legend
By Diana Buendia | 07/13/2009 - 12:02

Thirty-seven-year-old Canadian boxing legend Arturo "Thunder" Gatti was found strangled to death over the weekend while vacationing at a luxurious Brazilian beach resort. The police have charged his wife, Amanda Carine Barbosa Rodrigues, with his murder, alleging that she used her purse strap to asphyxiate her husband.


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Minutemen Accused of Murdering Latino Family
By Mariela Rosario | 06/16/2009 - 09:45

Shawna Forde, 41, Jason Eugene Bush, 34, and Albert Robert Gaxiola, 42, have been accused by police for a home invasion attack on May 30th in the border town of Arivaca, AZ which left Raul Junior Flores, 29, and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia, shot dead.


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Thousands Rally Against President Colom in Guatemala
By Mariela Rosario | 05/19/2009 - 11:15

"If you are watching this message, it is because I was assassinated by President Alvaro Colom with help from Gustavo Alejos." Those were Guatemalan lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg's last public words on a video he recorded indicating that if he was found dead the President and his aides would be responsible. His family released that tape to the public posthumously, the day after Rosenberg was shot dead while riding his bike on May 10th, and since then thousands of protesters have flooded Guatemala City to demand President Colom's resignation.


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Two PA Teens Acquitted in Hate Crime Murder of Luis Ramirez
By Mariela Rosario | 05/06/2009 - 10:00

Two teens, accused in the fatal beating of Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania back in July of 2008, were recently acquitted of all serious charges by an all white jury. Brandon Piekarsky, 17, was acquitted of third-degree murder and Derrick Donchak, 19, was acquitted of aggravated assault. Charges of ethnic intimidation against both teens were also dropped.


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