Much like MS-13, Los Zetas of Mexico are a creation of US foreign policy, military support of the Mexican government, and a reflection of the failed “war on drugs.” But while MS-13 is a violent street gang, Los Zetas are an organized syndicate that rises to the level of multinational corporations. So the LMC speaks with Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, the author of, “Los Zetas Inc.: Criminal Corporations,Energy, & Civil War in Mexico.” She is also an assoc professor at the Schar School of Policy & Government @ George Mason Univ in Fairfax, VA.
On this episode, Tomas Summers-Sandoval talks about the little known history of Latinos in the Vietnam War and how the number of Latinos in that war was a lot larger than people realize. He also talks about the forgotten legacy of the Chicano Moratorium of 1970, one of the largest minority-led, anti-war movements during this period. Summers-Sandoval is an associate professor of History &Chicanx/Latinx studies @ Pomona College.
Why does it seem that Paraguay is so isolated to the rest of Latin America? The answer may lie in a genocidal war that almost destroyed the country and the Guarani language that united it during reconstruction. The LMC speaks with Paraguayan writer Benjamin Fernandez Bogado to learn more about the extraordinary Guarani language. Benjamin Fernandez Bogado is also the program director for Radio Libre and a columnist for 5dias del Paraguay.