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A Report from Hell

The so-called "war on drugs" began five years ago. According to official sources, the victims—children, teens, adults, women, men—number roughly 50,000; other sources claim over 60,000 have died. Neither figure includes the tortured, the maimed, the kidnapped, the disappeared. This war did not emerge out of nowhere.  It developed over the course of two decades, perhaps more, of government and police corruption, terrible social inequality, and the growth of illegal...

Readymade

For Juan Carlos Hidalgo and Carlos Calderón 1. Alfonso "the Fool" Madrigal played his first match in Pachuca during the summer of 1966. He went in as a substitute during the second half, wearing the blue and white jersey he'd play with for the rest of his career. He hailed from Tepito and his game was true to his neighborhood's stereotype: clever, easygoing, and flashy. He was apt to score unbelievable goals whenever he could keep his balance on the field, something that...

A Failed Journey

They warned her that one more offense against good behavior and the promised trip to the promised land (the United States) would be cancelled and to please return the mechanical pencil she'd filched from her classmate Agni's backpack during recess, Agni who was sobbing inconsolably like a coward in the arms of fat "Miss Becky" in a corner of the classroom. The little brat, without any trace of shame or guilt, slowly pulled a Superman refillable mechanical pencil from under her...

My Madre, Pure as Cumulus Clouds

He wraps his left fist around the shot of bourbon. Then types, with his free index finger. "It can be dangerous to say madre in Mexico." His warning peppered with laughter. "I don't know how I can explain this to you, but expressions with madre in them are fuertes, powerful." Underscored, italicized, emblazoned across the screen. A kind of watch-out fuerte. Like a blow to the face. Or a bulldozer. "Madre?" I'll ask him. "The noun, mother?" "Esas madres." Those mothers, he replies,...

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