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…

Student activists protesting at Georgia State University on Monday, shortly before being arrested. (Image: Freedom University)

Undocumented students and activists in Georgia staged sit-ins at three state universities on Monday, calling for an end to policies they say unfairly deny undocumented student access to public higher education. Six students were arrested in the city of Athens after refusing to leave a building on the campus of the University of Georgia, and…

Public health professionals working to combat the Zika virus in Brazil. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — The World Health Organization declared Thursday the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to thousands of cases of birth defects in Brazil, is “spreading explosively.” The WHO’s Americas division now forecasts as many as 4 million cases of the disease could spread throughout the hemisphere, and governments across the region are scrambling to respond….