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Here’s some of my favorite articles. If you want to read more of my work, hit the link at the bottom.

Bubble on a Budget: Basketball persists in Mexico amid the pandemic

Feature with The New York Times: Mexico’s top league launched their 2020 season with a limited budget and extreme isolation, but some teams decided it’s not worth playing.

How the U.S. exported a Bloods and Crips gang war to Belize

Feature with VICE: A perfect storm of deportations and pop culture created a violent U.S.-inspired gang culture, and Belize is reeling from a spate of recent killings. 

Mexican drug cartels have turned once-thriving Guadalajara into a war zone

Feature with VICE: The discovery of dozens of grisly “extermination houses” and mass graves has set the city on edge.

Inside a massive, illicit peyote ceremony during Mexico’s COVID lockdown

Feature with VICE: The indigenous shaman believed that coronavirus is no match for the power of peyote.

Nicaragua’s first Black presidential candidate keeps getting targeted by the cops

Feature with VICE: George Henríquez is making history as he fights for the rights of marginalized Black and Indigenous populations of the Atlantic Coast.

The strange relationship between the Mexican government and BP

BuzzFeed News Investigation: A confidential $25 Million Settlement cleared BP of polluting Mexico’s water after the largest oil spill of the 21st century.

Code Name Jaguar: How a top police official carried out a reign of terror in Mexico

Feature with The Intercept: Under former Veracruz governor Javier Duarte, police forces often acted like cartels, or worked with them; justice was decided outside the rule of law.

Little People in the ‘Lucha Libre’ are the main event

Feature with ESPN: In Mexican masked wrestling the ‘microestrellas’ are finally fighting the country’s stigma.

These traffickers are smuggling legal weed from the U.S. into Mexico

Feature on VICE: As Mexico’s cannabis legalization law continues to stall, these smugglers have found a local market for primo California weed south of the border.

Meet the woman breaking basketball’s glass ceiling in Mexico

Feature with VICE: Although the NBA now has numerous female assistant coaches, Alejandra Arellano recently made history when she became the first in Mexico’s highest league.

Raised in Hell: The children haunted by Juarez’s vicious drug war

Feature from VICE Magazine: From 2008-2010 Juarez ranked as the world’s most violent city. Now children raised during this period are suffering from PTSD.

Trump’s border wall is threatening endangered species

Feature with VICE: The region has long been a critical migration route for species like ocelots and black bears, as well as a focus of binational efforts to restore endangered jaguars, Mexican wolves, and bison.

Boxing provides glimmer of hope in Mexico City’s grim but grave barrios

Feature on ESPN: The boxing legends of the historic Tepito barrio are trying to keep the neighborhood kids off the streets, and in the gym.

Uruguay’s weed scene on the rise

Duel bylines in High Times Magazine: An interview with former President Jose “Pepe” Mujica about his successful legalization of marijuana and the failures of the war on drugs, and a feature where I wander around Uruguay enjoying the law.

A trip through magic mushroom culture in Oaxaca, Mexico

Feature from High Times Magazine: Magic mushrooms were consumed for centuries in the Oaxacan sierra before westerners learned of their existence.

What it’s like to lead a team of Zetas cartel hitmen in one of Mexico’s bloodiest states

Feature on VICE News: We sat down with a jefe of sicarios to learn about politics, cartels, and violence in Veracruz.

Barefoot and Beyond: Basketball academy builds hope in Mexico

Feature on ESPN: In the Oaxacan sierra the Triqui tribe deals with poverty and mass migration, but basketball may be able to change things for the better.

Inside the secretive, abusive world of Mexico’s drug rehab centers

Feature on VICE News: “It’s been three months since I’ve seen my family or even gone downstairs…If they knew I was telling you these things, they’d beat me.”

Keeping Up With The Cartel: Narco rap is hip hop’s most dangerous game

Feature on BuzzFeed News: I went inside Narco Rap, a sub-genre of hip-hop where rappers make songs for drug cartels is booming in the most embattled border towns of Tamaulipas.

Ten years into Mexico’s drug war, the violence in Acapulco rages on

Feature in VICE magazine: On the 10 year anniversary of Mexico’s drug war, I used Acapulco as a lens to examine the government’s flawed strategy.

Marriotts VS. Melvins: The bizarre, violent story of Nova Scotia’s real-life Trailer Park Boys

Feature on VICE: “…a bloody turf war over drug territory that left bodies scattered around the city in EXCO long tees and saggy jeans.”

Fledgling pro football league trying to gain foothold with Mexican NFL fans

Feature on ESPN: Mexico has the second largest NFL fanbase in the world, can the LFA tap into it?

Mexico’s pedestrian activists are waging a battle for safer streets

Feature with CityLab: After the death of a prominant cycling activist and friend of mine, I dove deep into the creative advocacy encouraging lawmakers to vote on a groundbreaking national traffic safety law.

Culiacan, Sinaloa — The city of crosses

Photo feature in VICE magazine: “[Narcos] leave crosses in the streets because they believe the spirit stays in the place where they’ve died, not in the graves their bodies are buried in.”

Get to know Sotol, the dangerously delicious cousin of Tequila and Mezcal

Feature with Esquire: This nearly forgotten Mexican booze will soon be everywhere

Military police in Guatemala crack down on its Mayan-inspired psytrance scene

Feature on VICE: “You start seeing military motherfuckers with the police, its not cops, its military motherfuckers with AK-47s. What’s going on? Where’s the war?”

Mexico’s indigenous Raramuri runners chase their Olympic dream

Feature with ESPN: For the Raramuri, marathons are simply too short.

This is what it’s like to live in the middle of a Zetas cartel civil war

Feature on VICE News: “[The Zetas] arrived at his house, armed, pulled him out, took him away, and later killed him… Why? Who knows.”

Mexican workers at Canadian-owned goldmines in Guerrero’s Gold Belt are under constant threat of kidnappings and murder

Feature on VICE News: As one mine worker said, “The risk of kidnappings is the price of having good jobs here.”

Street art in the world’s most dangerous streets

Feature on Hyperallergic. I tag along with street artists in San Pedro Sula, Honduras; ranked the city with the highest homicide rate in the world for the fourth straight year.

Large packages of lost cocaine – known to locals as the ‘Sea-lotto’ – are causing a Blood and Crip turf war in paradise

Feature on VICE News: An unintended byproduct of narco-trafficking along the coast of Central-America.

Mexico’s opium poppy farmers are fed up with the jobs dangers

Feature on VICE News: “They destroyed everything,” he said, referring to the law enforcement operation that fumigated his crop. “The chemicals got in the water, in the house…We all got sick.”


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