Daily Archives: February 15, 2010

How does it feel to be Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman? Last year Forbes magazine listed him as the 701st-richest man in the world. But unlike other billionaires, Mr Guzman cannot enjoy his fortune by spending time on yachts or in fancy restaurants. As Mexico’s leading drugs baron, he has the country’s army on his tail – and so has to hide out in a mountainous region of 60,000 square kilometres.

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As I was about to leave Mexico on Friday night, I got the text message everybody dreads – “Your flight has been delayed seven hours, please report to the airport at 2am.” I assumed that this was just the normal mishaps – “due to the late arrival of the incoming aircraft, snow in London, sick passenger”, blah blah. But, in fact, it turns out, I was the victim of the latest transatlantic security scare. Read more