Dudley Althaus was GlobalPost's senior correspondent for Mexico and Central America, based in Mexico City. Althaus has reported on Mexico and Latin America, mostly for Texas newspapers, for nearly all his three decades as a journalist. He's covered everything from drug war mayhem and political intrigue to environmental threats and energy industry investment. At a time when politicos and pundits are lauding "Mexico's moment," Althaus' coverage is infused with his deep experience.
As the drug war grinds on, families of the disappeared hold guarded optimism the new government will act.
Washington has sunk nearly $2 billion in aid and training for Mexico's security forces that are accused of "disappearing" civilians.
With law and order stretched thin in Mexico, citizen posses have stepped up, rounding up accused drug dealers and other criminals.
Mexico's capital has been largely immune to the violence engulfing elsewhere in the country. But for how much longer?
As drug war bullets whiz by, Mexican teachers make schoolchildren hit the deck.
Lax regulation and corruption enable a flood of small arms to reach Mexico’s deadly drug cartels.