Mexico, Deadliest Place for Media, Advances Journalist’s Murder Case

On May 15, 2017, famed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was walking towards his car in his hometown of Culiacán in the Pacific state of Sinaloa when gunmen pulled up beside him, ordered him to kneel and shot him dead with a dozen bullets.

The slaying of Valdez, who was internationally recognized for his fearless coverage of organized crime, brought a renewed wave of international condemnation of violence against journalists — particularly in Mexico, which the International Press Institute recently described as “the deadliest place in the world to work in the media.”

In the year since Valdez’s murder, his case has highlighted Mexican authorities’ struggle to thoroughly investigate crimes against press workers while also serving as a reminder of the dangers that come with reporting on crime and corruption in Mexico.

Although most cases of murders of journalists in Mexico go unpunished, there have been several recent breaks in the investigation of Valdez’s killing.

Read this article in its entirety here at InSight Crime.

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Famed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas

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Off to Medellín

It’s official, as of this week I am now working full-time for InSight Crime as a research assistant and writer, and will be moving down to Medellín, Colombia, in a few short months to continue working at our offices there. ¡Hasta la próxima!

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From México and onto Colombia

The Fate of Honduras

From the “USS Honduras” to the 2009 coup and its aftermath, Honduras has suffered some of the worst abuses of US foreign policy. Now, with Donald Trump set to enter the White House, the situation looks even worse. To discuss the current moment in Honduras in the context of of its long history under the United States’s thumb, Jacobin spoke with Dana Frank, a historian at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an expert on the country.

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Police restrain a protester in Palmerola, Honduras in 2011. Felipe Canova / Flickr

Urban Pilón, Recalling Roots to Lead a Chicago Culinary Movement

If there’s one utensil that’s been historically essential in Latin American cuisine, it’s the pilón. In the late 15th century, the Taíno indians who occupied the West Indies were documented to have used many variations of the pilón for cooking, sometimes made out of large hollowed out tree trunks. Today, variations of that same utensil line the walls of Roberto Pérez’s kitchen to fuel his own culinary movement, Urban Pilón.