Pablo Escobar’s Legacy, 22 Years After His Death

Orsetta Bellani, Americas Program (Photo: O.B.)

Don Federico sweeps the edge of Pablo Escobar’s black marble tomb. He tells me that, a long time ago, he was selling ice cream at Medellin’s Monte Sacro cemetery, when Alba Marina Escobar, Pablo’s sister, approached him. She offered him the job of taking care of the former head of the Medellin Cartel’s grave, and she promised him a good salary. He enthusiastically accepted. Continue reading…

Interview with Carlos Beristain, independent expert who investigates Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Case

Orsetta Bellani, Americas Program

The reconstruction of events from the Attorney General’s office regarding the Ayotizinapa case has completely come undone. The results of the six month long effort by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), named by the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (ICHR), confirmed the doubts that had already been raised by independent forensic investigators and media reports: that it is scientifically impossible that the 43 students from Ayotzinapa that disappeared in Iguala on the 26th of September, 2014 could have been incinerated in the waste dump of Cocula. Continue reading…