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After One Year, Reporter Jason Rezaian Remains in Iranian Prison

Jason Rezaian may not even know that he has been in jail for a full year. It’s unlikely that Mr. Rezaian, an Iranian American reporter for the Washington Post, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, will ever forget men from Iran’s intelligence ministry arriving at their Tehran apartment on July 22, 2014, searching the premises, seizing their computers, and hauling them off to Evin Prison. Ms. Salehi, also a journalist, was released on bail in October. But her husband languishes in prison, and it is hard to keep track of time, let alone days and months, in solitary confinement.

Infographic: The Pursuit of Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán Loera

The Escape of El Chapo Guzmán and the Struggle Against Organized Crime


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On Saturday, July 11, around 9 p.m., drug kingpin Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as “El Chapo” Guzmán, escaped, for the second time, from a maximum security prison in Mexico.

Escape of drug lord 'El Chapo' leaves U.S.-Mexican relations on shaky ground


Beyond El Chapo: Is The U.S.-Mexico Relationship Strained?

Since Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera escaped a maximum security prison in Mexico, the U.S. has offered help in all forms to recapture the cartel leader. But Mexico has refused the offer. Is this another strain on the U.S.-Mexico relationship?

The Mexico Institute's Director Duncan Wood joins Huffington Post Live to discuss the effects of El Chapo's escape on the US-Mexico relationship. Other guests included Keegan Hamilton, VICE News, Malcolm Beith, Freelance Jouranlist, and Gerardo Rodríguez Sánchez Lara, Universidad de las Américas Puebla.

El Chapo Escapes: Major Setback for Mexico’s War on Organized Crime

The drug lord known as “El Chapo” has escaped from a maximum security prison for a second time. What are the implications for Mexico’s war on organized crime? Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood provides an overview.

Mexican Drug Kingpin, El Chapo, Escapes Prison Through Tunnel


"It's shocking, embarrassing, a huge blow, almost everything under the sun," said Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center who follows crime trends in Latin America. "It is almost Mexico's worst nightmare, and I suspect many in U.S. law enforcement are apoplectic right now."

"Mexico is going to be under increasing pressure from the U.S. in terms of extraditing these top people," he said.

An End to the Long Nightmare of Mexican Prisons?


Behind bars, the kingpins carry on with business as usual, ordering kidnappings and killings on the regular. "They get to run everything from the safety of inside prison," says Eric Olson, associate director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. "It's just another subculture of criminal activity in there."


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