- Ginger Thompson, “How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico” (ProPublica, June 13, 2017).
A stunning product of a lengthy investigation re-creating a massacre in Coahuila, Mexico. “The DEA took a gamble. It shared the intelligence with a Mexican federal police unit that has long had problems with leaks — even though its members had been trained and vetted by the DEA. Almost immediately, the Treviños [then-leaders of the Zetas cartel] learned they’d been betrayed.”
- Donna Decesare, Marcela Turati, Christopher Sherman, Michel Marizco, Melissa del Bosque, Javier Garza Ramos, Maria Teresa Ronderos, “Impunity in Mexico: Remembering Javier Valdez” (Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University Journalism School, June 16, 2017).
A month after the murder of prominent Sinaloa journalist Javier Valdez, a series of essays from Mexican, U.S. and Colombian reporters reflects on the emergency their profession faces in Mexico, and how to stop it.
- Marc Caputo, “Inside Marco Rubio’s Campaign to Shape Trump’s Cuba Crackdown” (Politico, June 16, 2017).
Recreating meetings and conversations, Caputo recounts how Sen. Rubio (R-Florida) and Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Florida) used their access to Donald Trump to ram through an unpopular change in U.S. policy toward Cuba.
- Rafael Carranza, Daniel Gonzalez, “Why Migrant Crossings Plummeted at U.S.-Mexico Border” (The Arizona Republic, June 13, 2017).
The reporters talk to shelter and humanitarian personnel on both sides of the border, documenting the post-Trump-inauguration drop in migration to the United States, and the increases of the past month.
- Pablo Stefanoni, “Venezuela: ¿por Que No «Bajan» de los Cerros?” (Nueva Sociedad, June 13, 2017).
It’s commonplace to hear that Venezuela’s opposition protests have been a largely wealthy and middle-class affair, that the poorest are not participating. In an interview, investigator Alejandro Velasco argues that, in fact, poor neighborhoods in Caracas and other cities are sites of constant protest—but the demands and methods are different.