Jackson Heights, Queens. (Image: Dusty Christensen)

NEW YORK – Even in September, the Christmas lights and nativity scene that adorn the entrance of V&V Variety Store in Jackson Heights, Queens, do little to stand out. Down the street, Roosevelt Avenue is saturated with color — soccer jerseys and backpacks engulf entire storefronts, stuffed next to cell phone service shops, clothing outlets…

Visitors of '100' can meet families evicted by the Rio Olympics

Last week, Brazilian journalist Natalia Viana went through one of her longest commutes in Rio de Janeiro. She started in the eastern neighborhood of Botafogo, where she directs the investigative website A Publica. She took a train that would transport her to Campo Grande station in western Rio de Janeiro, two hours away. Once at…

Abdul Waked, father of Nidal Waked and president of Grupo Wisa. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — Colombian police arrested a top Panamanian businessman whose extensive banking, real estate and retail businesses, U.S. authorities allege, were used by Mexican and Colombian drug traffickers to launder profits. Authorities announced on Thursday that Nidal Waked was apprehended by Colombian police in a Bogota airport the day before, while the U.S. Treasury…

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…