Jan-Albert Hootsen is America’s Mexico City correspondent.
Rev. Edwin Román Calderón (photo by Jan-Albert Hootsen)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenSeptember 07, 2018
The 58-year-old priest and his small parish were caught in the middle of the fighting, ultimately becoming another target of government forces.
Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador acknowledges his supporters as he arrives to Mexico City's main square, the Zocalo on July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Anthony Vazquez)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenJuly 11, 2018
Mr. López Obrador’s political platform is decidedly secular and nationalistic. As president he intends to place a heavy emphasis on combating corruption, which he and his political allies believe to be the root cause of the criminal violence, poverty and inequality that plague the country.
Demonstrators in Managua, Nicaragua, stand behind a barricade during clashes with police May 30. (CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenJune 21, 2018
Nicaragua’s political crisis is in its second month, and President Daniel Ortega’s soft authoritarianism has turned into violent repression.
Mexican presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement is seen during a campaign rally in Guadalupe, Mexico, May 6. (CNS photo/Daniel Becerril, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenMay 30, 2018
At least 102 candidates and political workers have been murdered since September.
The Mexican Flag flies on the Zocalo near the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenApril 10, 2018
As consequential as the next Mexican election may be, the Catholic Church in Mexico has largely remained on the sidelines so far.
Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (image from campaign website)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenFebruary 01, 2018
Opponents say that leftist firebrand Andrés Manuel López Obrador is Putin’s favored candidate; he is brushing off the accusations of Russian interference in Mexico.
Escaping paramilitaries, Tzotzil Mayans in Chiapas have been scattered in small camps in the area surrounding the town of Chalchihuitán. Photo by Jan-Albert Hootsen.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenDecember 29, 2017
Approximately 5,000 indigenous Tzotzil Mayans have been scattered in small refugee camps in the area surrounding the town of Chalchihuitán, in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. They say they were chased out of their homes by unknown gunmen after the escalation of an old land dispute.
Mexican soldiers patrol the city of Ciudad Juárez during a visit by then-President Felipe Calderon on Aug. 9, 2011. (iStock/vichinterlang)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenDecember 19, 2017
A new law will formalize the military's role in fighting organized crime, but many would prefer strengthening Mexico’s poorly trained and underpaid police forces.
The destroyed dome of Our Lady of Angels Church is seen Sept. 24. following the Sept. 19 earthquake in Mexico City. (CNS photo/Carlos Jasso, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenNovember 27, 2017
Two months after a pair of major earthquakes, parishioners in Mexican towns fear the loss not only of church buildings, but also priceless works of art.
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Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenNovember 03, 2017
Next year’s Mexican election will host a broader and more diverse group of presidential hopefuls than ever before.