Bad Math Props Up Border Wall 18 October 2016

Estimating the cost (in dollars) of Donald Trump’s proposed border wall
It would be many times more expensive than he claims.
[MIT Technology Review]

Book Review: ‘The Interior Circuit’ by Francisco Goldman 9 August 2014

Ka Wong Seng looks as if it fell into a Chinatown wormhole and emerged complete with roasted duck.
Review of Goldman’s memoir of Mexico City, which I think does not succeed in its aims.
[Wall Street Journal]

Chronicle of a War Foretold 5 January 2012

Violence Begets Violence in Mexico
How nobody understands what spurred 45,000 drug-related murders in Mexico, though Ioan Grillo’s new book El Narco does a good job of trying to.
[Zocalo Public Square]

The Philosopher-Fisticuffers 14 September 2011

A review of Enrique Krauze’s new book Redeemers
Which consists of 12 profiles of Latin American figures, and is a good read.
[Zocalo Public Square]

If Mexico Were a Movie 1 June 2011

Uncle Sam Would be the Villain
How the US has undermined Mexico’s development
[Zocalo Public Square]

The mayor of Mexico City 18 December 2008

Backroom boss
The left’s moderate radical

Remittances to Mexico 11 December 2008

The end of the American dream
The recession up north bites in rural Mexico

The last days of the scribe 20 November 2008

The scribes’ lament
A dying profession in the heart of the city

Mexico’s war with the cartels 30 October 2008

Spot the drug trafficker
The arrest of senior officials shows the government’s resolve in fighting drug traffickers-and that the rot in law enforcement reaches the top

Locked in the grid: how we fail each other 1 October 2008

An essay about how the breakdown of civil society in Mexico leads to inefficiency.

Mexico’s lame duck president 4 September 2008

Oh rose, thou art sick
The president faces a long goodbye

Refrigerator factory diary 8 August 2008

Birth of the cool
Notes from The Little Tramp’s stamping ground

Mexico’s left wing 31 July 2008

Left behind
The left’s strange disarray

Energy reform in Mexico 24 July 2008

Crude and oily
A controversial referendum and the future of the state oil company

Telecoms in Mexico 10 July 2008

Slim’s pickings
More competition should help to drive down exorbitant phone charges

Mexico and the United States 19 June 2008

A wary friendship
Amid bad temper and wounded pride, Mexico and the United States inch towards compromise on a plan to boost the fight against drug crime

Education in Mexico 22 May 2008

Testing the teachers
An attempt to tame the teachers’ union

Drug violence in Mexico 15 May 2008

Can the army out-gun the drug lords?
Four top police officers, and more than a hundred people, are killed over the course of a single week in drug-related shootings

Mining 15 May 2008

Sterling silver
A Mexican IPO boosts London’s status as a mining hub

Mexican banks 1 May 2008

Riding high
Mexico’s fast-growing banks appear unusually unaffected by the financial crisis north of the border