I co-wrote this series of articles in 2009 with my mother, N.J. Blake, after being awarded an investigative journalism grant by the AVINA foundation. They were originally published on openDemocracy.net.   “Oral trials only protect the criminals.” This is the conclusion reached by an indignant citizen of Salina Cruz, a coastal city in Oaxaca, regarding the […]

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Between 2007 and 2012, poppies surpassed marijuana as the most widely grown illegal plant in Mexico. In fact, by the end of last year the authorities estimated that poppies occupied 40% more land than cannabis; in 2008, only 210 kilos of opium gum were seized by Mexican law enforcement but by 2012, the amount ballooned […]

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I signed a justice-for-journalists petition on Change.org a month ago and occasionally receive emails asking me to sign others – demanding presidential pardons, saving barrier reefs, requesting the Vatican to allow a female pope. Then this one arrived in my inbox a few days ago: “Remove ad campaign: It’s easy to be a man.” Apparently […]

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I co-wrote this series of articles in 2009 with my mother, N.J. Blake, after being awarded an investigative journalism grant by the AVINA foundation. They were originally published on openDemocracy.net.   Transparency, security, individual rights, the end of impunity, justice, hope. These are the promising words on the lips of Mexico’s politicians, pundits and public today […]

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