The Narco in the Lacandon

The San Javier crossing, on the Palenque-Trinitaria highway, is a strategic point in the ancient Desierto de la Soledad (Desert of Solitude). It is the crossroads of the communities that make up the Lacandon community: Frontera Corozal, Lacanjá and Nueva Palestina, where Choles, Lacandones and Tseltales live. As part of their strategy to take over the territory, a command unit of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG) took control of the place and began to charge right of way. Every vehicle crossing must pay a fee. The police were stripped of their uniforms.

Global Diaspora of Mexican Drug Trafficking

A summary of the UN report ‘Global Report on Cocaine, 2023. Local Dynamics, Global Challenges’. It highlights how the Jalisco and Sinaloa cartels are no longer just a Mexican phenomenon but a globalized problem with presence on the five continents.

International Encounter “El Sur Resiste”: Essential Reflections for Our Times

Nautical charts for tempestuous times. There is no doubt that the words shared at the International Meeting “Global corporate capitalism, planetary patriarchy, autonomies in rebellion”, which took place at the Caracol Jacinto Canek, in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, on May 6 and 7, are just that. These are some essential reflections that help us navigate the troubled times we live in.

Malverde in Chamula

In the back seat of a luxury van, an African lion looks out the right window at the streets of San Juan Chamula. The driver of the vehicle listens to El Comando Suicida del Mayo, and shows the list of narcocorridos waiting to be played. The scene, which seems to be taken from a TV drama, is real. It is part of the emerging culture in this Tsotsil municipality, along with indigenous homemade pornography and the songs of Los Cárteles de San Juan…

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