The Missing 43: Mexico’s Disappeared Students (Full Length)

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On September 26, students from the Teachers College of Ayotzinapa in Mexico en route to a protest in Iguala were intercepted by police forces. In the ensuing clash, six students were fatally shot and 43 were abducted. Investigations over the following weeks led to the startling allegations that the police had acted at the behest of the local mayor, and had turned over the abducted students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel. All 43 students are now feared dead.

The case has come to represent the negative feeling of the Mexican public toward the state of justice and the rule of law in Mexico. The events have now galvanized the survivors of the attack and the disappeared students’ parents. Nationwide demonstrations have increased in intensity, and recently led to government buildings in the state of Guerrero to be set on fire.

VICE News travels to Guerrero, ground-zero for the protest movement that has erupted since the disappearance of the students. We meet with survivors of the Iguala police attack and parents of the missing students, accompany volunteer search parties, and watch as protests against the government and president reach boiling point.

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Paco: The Poor Man’s Drug in Buenos Aires

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In 2001, Argentina faced a devastating economic crisis that led to widespread unemployment and left more than 50 percent of the country living below the poverty line. Amid the devastation, a cheap and enormously addictive drug called paco — a variation of crack made from cocaine residue, baking soda, and sometimes even crushed glass and rat poison — started to take hold, especially among young people in urban barrios.

Today, 13 years after the crisis, Argentina’s economy is once again in trouble, and the widespread abuse of paco continues. VICE News traveled to Argentina and talked to paco manufactures and users, along with activists and government authorities, to find out why so little has been done to curb the problem, and whether a new wave of addicts is about to emerge.

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Rosario: Violence, Drugs and Football (Full Length)

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In Rosario, Argentina’s third most populated city, slums known as villas miserias are beset with poverty and crime. As narcotics use has grown among the city’s population, it has spawned a violent drug war that is little known outside of the country.

Local drug dealers have managed to infiltrate the police, Rosario’s economy, and its society, especially through the supporter groups, known as “barras bravas”, of the city’s two football teams: Rosario Central and Newell’s Old Boys. And in the villas, the gangs have setup fortified kiosks, known as bunkers, where drugs are sold at plain daylight all over the city.

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The Largest Anti-Drug Operation in Argentina: Rosario – Violence, Drugs, and Football (Part 3)

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VICE News meets with Sergio Berni, Argentina’s national security secretary, to talk about Operation Rosario, the largest anti-drug operation ever carried out in the country.

In Rosario, Argentina’s third most populated city, slums known as villas miserias are beset with poverty and crime. As drug use has grown among the city’s population, it has spawned a violent drug war that is little known outside of the country.

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Cartels and Football Fan Clubs: Rosario – Violence, Drugs, and Football (Part 2)

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VICE News traveled to Rosario to meet with relatives of victims of recent narco-violence in Argentina, such as rapper Ariel Avila, who was gunned down in front of his house. We also joined the “barra brava” of the Newell’s Old Boys soccer team for a game, to understand the ties between the Los Monos drug gang and the supporters’ groups of the local clubs.

In Rosario, Argentina’s third most populated city, slums known a villas are beset with poverty and crime. As drug use has grown among the city’s population, it’s spawned a violent drug war that is little known outside of the country.

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The Next Drug-Trafficking Frontier: Rosario – Violence, Drugs, and Football (Part 1)

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In Rosario, Argentina’s third most populated city, slums known as villas are beset with poverty and crime. As drug use has grown among the city’s population, it’s spawned a violent drug war that is little know outside of the country.

VICE NEWS traveled to Rosario to investigate how the increase in violence has affected the city. We tagged along with Argentina’s militarized police force, the gendarmerie, as they patrolled the streets of the villas, met with a local crime reporter, and interviewed a paid assassin to understand how this port town became Argentina’s most violent city.

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Mexican Oil and Drug Cartels: Cocaine & Crude (Full Length)

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VICE founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Mexico to see the effects of cartel oil theft firsthand.

Mexico’s notoriously violent drug cartels are diversifying. Besides trafficking narcotics, extorting businesses, and brutally murdering their rivals, cartels are now at work exploiting their country’s precious number one export: oil.

Every day as many as 10,000 barrels of crude oil are stolen from Mexico’s state-run oil company, Pemex, through precarious illegal taps, which are prone to deadly accidents. Pemex estimates that it loses $5 billion annually in stolen oil, some of which ends up being sold over the border in US gas stations. As police fight the thieves, and the cartels fight each other, the number of victims caught in the battle for the pipelines continues to climb.

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Cartel Oil Theft Leads to Deadly Explosion: Cocaine & Crude (Part 3)

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Suroosh Alvi visits Texmelucan, a city devastated by an illegal oil tap explosion in 2010.

Mexico’s notoriously violent drug cartels are diversifying. Besides trafficking narcotics, extorting businesses, and brutally murdering their rivals, cartels are now at work exploiting their country’s precious number one export: oil.

Every day as many as 10,000 barrels of crude oil are stolen from Mexico’s state-run oil company, Pemex, through precarious illegal taps, which are prone to deadly accidents. Pemex estimates that it loses $5 billion annually in stolen oil, some of which ends up being sold over the border in US gas stations. As police fight the thieves, and the cartels fight each other, the number of victims caught in the battle for the pipelines continues to climb.

VICE News sent Suroosh Alvi to Mexico to see the effects of cartel oil theft firsthand.

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Protecting Oil from Mexico’s Drug Cartels: Cocaine & Crude (Part 1)

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VICE founder Suroosh Alvi travels to Mexico to see the effects of cartel oil theft firsthand.

In Part 1 we embeds with Mexican soldiers on patrol as they survey the oil pipeline and protect employees in violent Reynosa.

Mexico’s notoriously violent drug cartels are diversifying. Besides trafficking narcotics, extorting businesses, and brutally murdering their rivals, cartels are now at work exploiting their country’s precious number one export: oil.

Every day as many as 10,000 barrels of crude oil are stolen from Mexico’s state-run oil company, Pemex, through precarious illegal taps, which are prone to deadly accidents. Pemex estimates that it loses $5 billion annually in stolen oil, some of which ends up being sold over the border in US gas stations. As police fight the thieves, and the cartels fight each other, the number of victims caught in the battle for the pipelines continues to climb.

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