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KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 30 APR 2014

Volunteer community policing has been a tradition in indigenous communities across Southern Mexico for centuries. Though controversial, advocates argue the practice is supported by international law and has been codified…

INFOGRAPHICS / 30 APR 2014

The desperation in Michoacan, as in many parts of Mexico, with regards to organized crime has led to a myopic view of this issue. In the short term, it produced,…

GUATEMALA / 30 APR 2014

A recent news report discusses the increasing prominence of lynchings, illegal detentions by mobs and other instances of popular justice in some parts of Central America, a phenomenon spurred by…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 30 APR 2014

Faced with the government's failure to rein in the criminals, communities across crime-besieged Mexico have been trying for years to organize effective civic resistance. Michoacan's vigilantes express the most extreme…

ELITES AND CRIME / 29 APR 2014

Authorities in Mexico have arrested the mayor of Michoacan's principal port city for alleged Knights Templar ties, in an illustration of how embedded this criminal group is in the southwest…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 25 APR 2014

Vigilantes in Mexico have entered a cave complex with guns blazing as they hunt down the Knights Templar's remaining leader in the group's "final stronghold." But while the endgame may be…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 24 APR 2014

The arrest of the top two members of an upstart Mexican gang in the embattled state of Guerrero has added a jolt of uncertainty to one of the nation's most…

JALISCO CARTEL / 23 APR 2014

The assault against the Knights Templar led by vigilante groups and security forces is creating a criminal power vacuum in Mexico's Michoacan state, which authorities believe some of the country's…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 15 APR 2014

A vigilante leader in Mexico's Michoacan state has promised the groups will disarm by May 10, but details about what their agreement with the government entails are hazy, and it…

MEXICO / 7 APR 2014

Officials in Mexico are seeking to disarm self-defense groups they legally recognized just months ago, amid signs they are slipping out of control. The heavily armed militias are unlikely to…

MEXICO / 2 APR 2014

A vigilante leader in Mexico has been accused of ordering the murder of a mayor who opposed having self-defense militias in his town, in a sign that in some areas…

MEXICO / 2 APR 2014

Mexico's federal government special envoy to Michoacan state has said self-defense militias are no longer needed, in the latest development in a dangerous balancing act officials are engaged in with…

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