Director of Oscar-nominated ‘Cartel Land’ on the blurring of good and evil among Mexican and American vigilantes

2/24/16 Business Insider


A decision could come as early as this week as to whether Mexican drug kingpin, Joaquín Guzmán, known as El Chapo, will be extradited to the United States for trial.

Since 2007, Mexico’s drug war has resulted in the murder of more than 100,000 of Mexico’s citizens and brought an influx of violence and drugs into the United States.

Cartel Land,” nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for best documentary, sheds light on a less well-known part of the story: the existence of vigilante groups on both sides of the border to combat the cartels.

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The rise of Mexico: America needs to look again at its increasingly important neighbour

The Economist, 11/24/2012

NEXT week the leaders of North America’s two most populous countries are due to meet for a neighbourly chat in Washington, DC. The re-elected Barack Obama and Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, have plenty to talk about: Mexico is changing in ways that will profoundly affect its big northern neighbour, and unless America rethinks its outdated picture of life across the border, both countries risk forgoing the benefits promised by Mexico’s rise.

The White House does not spend much time looking south. During six hours of televised campaign debates this year, neither Mr Obama nor his vice-president mentioned Mexico directly. That is extraordinary. One in ten Mexican citizens lives in the United States. Include their American-born descendants and you have about 33m people (or around a tenth of America’s population). And Mexico itself is more than the bloody appendix of American imaginations. In terms of GDP it ranks just ahead of South Korea. In 2011 the Mexican economy grew faster than Brazil’s—and will do so again in 2012.

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