Man With Legs Taken by Mexican Drug Cartel Cycles for Asylum
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 11/04/2013 - 10:12

In 2011, a businessman by the name of Carlos Gutiérrez fell victim to a vicious attack by drug cartels in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

For months Gutiérrez, who lived in the northern state with his wife and two children, was being extorted by the Juárez cartel for up to $10,000 a month. He made the payments continuously, but eventually could not keep up with the high demands of the cartel members.


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Marijuana Laws in Latin America
8 Marijuana Laws Throughout Latin America
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 10/25/2013 - 14:30

A recent Gallup poll revealed that for the first time, Americans are in suppport of legalizing marijuana in the United States. Over the past several years, countries throughout Latin America have passed laws in favor of the cannabis plant. Take a look:


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7 Terrifying Latin American Legends
7 Terrifying Latin American Legends
By Cristina Arreola | 10/25/2013 - 14:25

As a child we loved listening to our abuela tell us terrifying tales of weeping women, murderous ghosts, and magical witches. These ghastly legends kept us awake half the night as kids...and, en serio, even as adults, we're still petrified everytime we hear the tale of Ll Llorona or La Luz Mala

Check out the 7 most terrifying Latin American myths, and share your own spooky tales in the comments: 

 

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Mexico Bans Slot Machines
Mexico Bans Slot Machines
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 10/25/2013 - 11:11

If you're hoping to try your luck on a slot machine, don't look to Mexico for your chance.

According to the Associated Press, Mexico has decided to ban slot machines and place a limit on casino licenses.

The ban, which went into effect on Thursday, was decided upon after Mexico found itself facing a number of scandals in connection with casinos and casino permits.


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Mexico City Plans To Legalize Marijuana
Mexico City Plans To Legalize Marijuana
By Cristina Arreola | 10/16/2013 - 11:30

You know that smoky haze that hangs over Mexico City? Soon, the pollution from traffic won’t be the only cause!

According to the Huffington Post, legislators in Mexico City are planning to draft a bill that would decriminalize marijuana use in the city. Lawmakers are pushing to make it legal to carry up to 30 grams, or just over an ounce, of the drug.


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Watch: Heart Wrenching Video Documents Immigrant Experience
WATCH: Heart Wrenching Video Documents Immigrant Experience
By Cristina Arreola | 10/15/2013 - 13:11

Amidst the buzz of tourists, airline traffic, and announcements for final boarding call at a busy airport, two immigrants quietly depicts their heartbreaking journey away from their family and home country.

In a viral video called “The Surprise: Dedicated to Everyone Who Is Far Away,” two Spaniards who have lived in Mexico for two and a half years capture their journey to visit their parents in Spain.


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Irma Lopez and her newborn baby
Indigenous Woman Gives Birth on Hospital Lawn After Being Denied Care in Mexico
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 10/10/2013 - 10:32

One in five women in Oaxaca, Mexico give birth in a location other than a hospital or clinic, and Irma Lopez, unfortunately, was no exception.


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Mexican Man Places 'Chastity Belt' On Girlfriend For 12 Years
Mexican Man Places 'Chastity Belt' On Girlfriend For 12 Years
By Cristina Arreola | 10/10/2013 - 09:51

I'm sorry, but...what?!

For 12 years, one Mexican man locked his girlfriend’s pants shut with a 'chastity belt' every morning for fear that she would be unfaithful to him.


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73 Migrants Rescued in Mexico Near U.S. Border
73 Migrants Rescued in Mexico Near U.S. Border
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 10/02/2013 - 12:15

It appears Mexico is continuing its success in tracking down kidnapping victims along the country's United States border.


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Diego Luna & Gael Garcia Bernal Push for Marijuana Legalization
Diego Luna & Gael Garcia Bernal Push for Marijuana Legalization
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 09/27/2013 - 09:39

Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal are among the 67 prominent Mexican artists, politicians, intellectuals and attorneys, whom are calling for marijuana legalization.


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