If you've seen other blogs similar to mine - on any issue, really - they're likely to have what's called a Blogroll, or a list of other blogs and websites the author enjoys or finds useful. I'm no different, in that I have to look at plenty of sources of information in order to come to the (hopefully educated) conclusions that I post on my own blog. I'm pretty picky about what I post in my blogroll these days, and I wanted to give you a brief description on each site in case you can use any of them for your own research.
The first blog is Southern Pulse Networked Intelligence, which was created by Samuel Logan. Sam is an author and journalist who has traveled and lived throughout Latin America. He has written probably hundreds of articles and papers on all sorts of security-related topics, and most recently published a book on Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. Anyway, Southern Pulse is pretty neat, and different because it only posts a short blurb, or "pulse," on a news topic related to security, politics, business, or economics in Latin America. Given the current security situation in Mexico, the posts relating to it are very frequent. It's up to you to do more digging on each story, but the blog is designed to give you a fast overview of current events.
Next is Sam's personal blog, Security in Latin America. Again, he covers topics for all of Latin America, but posts on Mexico are frequent.
Next is MexiData.info, which provides longer, more in-depth articles about Mexican security, politics, and economics. It's designed to provide useful, actionable information and open-source intelligence to businesses, governments, and concerned citizens. I was recently asked to be a contributor, and I post summaries of my weekly articles here in my blog with links to MexiData. I'm impressed with the credentials of my fellow contributors, and the information on this site is solid, well-written, and useful.
Next is Bloggings by Boz, a blog by James Bosworth. James is a freelance writer/analyst/consultant living in Washington, DC. Prior to going independent, he worked for an international strategic communications consulting company and a DC think tank. He writes on a wide variety of issues, but frequently posts about Mexico. James' analysis is always spot-on; he really knows what he's talking about, and he and Sam are acquainted.
Next is Security Corner, by Mario Gonzalez-Roman. The site specializes in the subjects of public security and crime prevention, and with good reason. Mario worked in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico for 28 years, and is now retired from the U.S. Civil Service. He was awarded four honorary recognitions by the Department of State and his responsibility included serving as liaison between the Secret Service and the Presidential staff during the visits of U.S. Presidents and Secretaries of State to Mexico. Mario has also been kidnapped and tortured, and kindly helps the families of kidnap victims to get through their ordeal. The site contains Mexico-related news and a wide variety of information on travel and security issues.
Next is the site for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Mexico Institute. The site provides comprehensive and timely news, analysis and studies on Mexico. It covers a wide range of crucial issues, including migration, security, the economy, development, energy, and elections. It's also updated frequently, which is a must for me when looking for current stories on which to post an analysis.
Finally is Dr. James Creechan's Narco Mexico blog. Dr. Creechan is a sociology professor in Toronto, and has taught (and still teaches as a visiting professor) at universities in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. He specializes in criminology, and is currently teaching a class on Mexico's drug war. He posts news stories every day on his blog from the Mexican dailies, many with his analysis attached. Most of the posts are in Spanish, but he does post some English-language stories. This is a great site for checking daily news out of Mexico from the more reputable news sources.
I'm constantly looking for new blogs and sites that offer timely, intelligent, and useful information on Mexico's drug war and general Latin America security issues. Check back every so often to see if I've added any to my blogroll. Also, if you know of a really great site, either in English or Spanish, don't hesitate to email me and let me know about it. Thanks, and enjoy!