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Jan-Albert Hootsen is America’s Mexico City correspondent.

Pemex’s network of pipelines is an easy target for gangs who puncture the ducts and siphon the fuel to sell. (Esdelval/iStock)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenJune 22, 2017
Thieves are puncturing fuel pipelines in Mexico and siphoning profits from the national oil company.
Javier Valdez, a veteran reporter who specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime, was slain on May 15, 2017, the latest in a wave of journalist killings in one of the world's most dangerous countries for media workers. (Ríodoce via AP)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenMay 30, 2017
I regularly report on violence against journalists in Mexico. But Javier’s death came as a personal blow to me.
Mexico's former Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte, center, is escorted by agents of the local Interpol office inside a police car as they arrive at Guatemala City, early Sunday, April 16, 2017. Duarte, who is accused of running a ring that allegedly pilfered from state coffers, has been detained in Guatemala after six months as a fugitive and a high-profile symbol of government corruption. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenMay 03, 2017
Mexicans are no stranger to widespread corruption, which costs the country a staggering $100 billion per year, according to last year’s National Corruption Forum. Governors are especially likely to become involved with graft.
Miroslava Breach Velducea. Photo courtesy of Patricia Mayorga.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenApril 24, 2017
Four attacks on reporters in such a short timespan have shocked Mexico, already a country press freedom organizations say is one the most dangerous in the Western Hemisphere for journalists.
"AMLO" campaigns in La Perla, Veracruz on March 25.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenApril 05, 2017
As next year’s presidential election draws ever closer, former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador may be the number one candidate.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenMarch 28, 2017
The education plan for deportees represents one of the first attempts by the Mexican government to pushback against the policies of the new occupant of the White House.
Migrant men line up for a health check in at the shelter in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, on Jan. 26, 2017. Photo: Jan-Albert Hootsen
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenFebruary 08, 2017
“The prospect of having to face some new wall is nothing compared to the prospect of having to stay in Honduras, with its poverty and its violence. There’s just nothing there for us.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenJanuary 17, 2017

“It is sad to see how every sector of society has now become a target of violence, and [clergy] are no exception.”

(AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
Politics & Society Signs Of the Times
Jan-Albert HootsenJanuary 12, 2017
Social unrest swept across Mexico in early January as protests over a hike in gasoline prices escalated into acts of looting, riots and blockades of highways.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenJanuary 06, 2017
I haven't seen such an outburst of nationwide anger in many years.