When Drugs Were Legal in Mexico by Froylán Enciso

When drugs were legalized in Mexico, Lola la Chata (“Snub-Nose Lola”) was furious. She’d been pushing in Mexico City since, well, forever, but “narcotics” sales on the part of the government, at market rates, messed up the whole racket. Two days after they opened the heroin dispensaries, the junkies stopping buying from her. There was little she could do, except […]

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Catalog’s Sneak Peek: Adriana Corral: Mexico, or the Impossibility of Representation by Luis Vargas-Santiago

The night of November 20, 2014, hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered peacefully in central Mexico City in order to claim justice for the enforced disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa rural student teachers near Iguala, in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero. At some point during the night, a massive bonfire occurred in center of Mexico City’s Zócalo […]

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Ghost Town by Cecilia Ballí

It’s not like the Bad Ones—this is what the Mierenses would come to call them—hadn’t been there already. It’s not like they hadn’t been running their operations out of Mier and the surrounding towns, carrying their loads of cocaine and marijuana through the surrounding brushland and up to the lip of the river, where they placed them on boats or rafts or inner tubes and floated them across into Texas. Even if no one spoke of them by name, they were already deeply woven into the social fabric. But on this day […]

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