Spyware targets Aristegui and human rights worker Mario Patrón.

Spyware scandal a gift for organized crime

Reprinted from InSight Crime. Recent revelations about the government of Mexico’s widespread use of spyware to monitor adversaries in the press and the human rights community represent a gift for organized FULL STORY

spanish style house

No pesky regulations means buyer beware

This column is about the pre-construction purchase of real property in Mexico, a common practice which in this country is unfettered by pesky government regulations which protect a buyer’s investment. FULL STORY

Dutch-built Damen patrol vessels are used by the Mexican Navy.

Dutch investment totals over US $45bn

Almost everyone knows about United States and Canadian investment in Mexico thanks to the ample information provided regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement. But how many people are aware FULL STORY

Colinas de Santa Fe in Veracruz.

Buried truth: a look at Mexico’s mass graves

Reprinted from InSight Crime The problem of forced disappearances and mass graves in Mexico is greater than what the state claims. Reports regarding the location of clandestine graves are increasingly common, yet they aren’t FULL STORY


Fried geckos mean inventive wiring job

When I started doing home inspections in the 2007/2008 winter season in Mazatlán, I quickly discovered Mexican electrical work to be more inventive than I had expected. Without any laws FULL STORY

Rubble is a fixture of most construction sites.

Rusting concrete rebar is a hidden danger

Second of a series entitled The Joy of Construction in Mexico, chronicling the writer’s first steps as a home inspector in Mazatlán. Becoming a home inspector in Mexico presented a number of unique FULL STORY