Demonstrators in New York commemorate the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 students. (Image: Katie Schlechter)

Top Story — Mexican police tortured key suspects in the case of the 43 students who went missing in September 2014 in Mexico’s Guerrero state, according to the final report produced by a team of outside investigators. The report, conducted by an interdisciplinary group of experts and overseen by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,…

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto speaking at in New York at a special session of the U.N. General Assembly focused on the global drug problem. (Image: Presidencia de México)

Top Story — At the first United Nations special session to bring together world leaders to discuss global drug policy in 20 years, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto called for more humanitarian policy approaches and indicated that his country would introduce medical-marijuana legislation in the coming days. The special session was called after representatives from Mexico,…

Protest in Mexico City over the case of the missing 43 students. (Image: Somos el Medio/Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have parted ways with Mexican prosecutors, saying that they will not continue to work with them on the case of the 43 students who went missing in 2014, sparking international outcry. The decision came on Wednesday, following the prosecutors’ decision last week to…

A Petróleos Mexicanos gas station. (Image: Ralf Peter Reimann, CC BY SA 2.0)

Top Story — Starting today, Mexico will allow private companies to import gasoline, which will effectively open the gas station market, long dominated by the monopoly of state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos, to competition. The new policy is the latest move away from the Mexican government’s monopoly on the oil sector, but perhaps the most symbolically potent….

Demonstrators in New York City hold portraits of the 43 students who went missing in Iguala, Mexico.

Top Story — Mexico is currently undergoing a “crisis of gross violations of human rights,” according to a report released Wednesday by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. On the same day, Mexico’s transparency monitor refused to release the autopsy records of 42 people killed by federal police last May in Michoacán state — a case whose…

Young migrants from Central America gather every Saturday to play soccer in the Bronx. (Image: Katie Schlechter)

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the second in a two-part series. NEW YORK — On artificial turf at the foot of Yankee Stadium, some 40 teenage boys kick soccer balls on a Saturday afternoon, laughing and yelling to each other in Spanish. On the sidelines, later…

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in  DeKalb County, Georgia. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Gulbenk, CC BY-SA 3.0)

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the first in a two-part series. NEW YORK — Congregating on benches in a downtown Manhattan courtroom, children and their guardians listen to a young woman who stands in front of them talking in Spanish. The speaker, Marielos Ramos, is not…

Pope Francis and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Saturday (Image: Government of Mexico)

Top Story — Pope Francis left for Mexico’s Michoacán state on Tuesday morning, where he plans to meet with young people in the capital Morelia, a major narco-trafficking hub. The visit will mark the second-to-last stop in the Pope’s six-day tour of Mexico, a trip that saw him break ranks with prior Vatican doctrine over its…