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Jan-Albert Hootsen is America’s Mexico City correspondent.
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.
A Salvadoran father carries his son while running in Huehuetoca, Mexico, in June 2015 as they try to board a train heading to the U.S-Mexico border. (CNS photo/Edgard Garrido, Reuters)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenOctober 12, 2017
Poverty and criminal violence are pushing hundreds of thousands of people northward while escalated deportations are tearing families apart in the United States.
The Jojutla Municipal Palace, in Morelos State, was heavily damaged by last week’s earthquake in Mexico. (AP Photo/Carlos Rodriguez)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenSeptember 26, 2017
The government response in Mexico City has been swift, but surrounding towns devastated by last week's earthquake are frustrated by the slow arrival of aid.
Soldiers hold up closed fists motioning for silence during rescue efforts at the Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City, Mexico, on Sept. 21. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenSeptember 22, 2017
Reports of a girl trapped in the rubble of a collapsed school in Mexico City captured the world's attention, but the story was created by bad journalistic and government practices.
Lin Barton surveys the damage at the marina in Rockport where he has lived and worked. (Photos by Jan-Albert Hootsen)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenSeptember 06, 2017
Residents of coastal towns return to find toppled RV’s, convenience stores without roofs and furniture scattered over the road.
Claudio Montes checks a shipping manifest for U.S. manufactured parts heading to assembly plants in Mexico at Freight Dispatch Service Agency LTD in Pharr, Texas in June 2017. The freight service ships parts between the U.S. and Mexico that pass through the border freely due to the North American Free Trade Agreement. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP, File)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Jan-Albert HootsenAugust 29, 2017
Nafta has been the world’s most valuable trade deal, and its consequences are more deeply felt in Mexico than in the United States or Canada.