The trial and saga of El Chapo has been sensationalized by US corporate media to the point where there have been Narconovelas made based on him. Meanwhile, the institutional power structures that created El Chapo in Mexico, with heavy US support, continues its path toward further militarization. On this episode, the LMC speaks with Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera on the fact vs fiction behind the “War on Drugs.” She is the author of, “Los Zetas Inc: Criminal Corporations, Energy,and Civil War in Mexico.”
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.
If art is a lie that tells the truth, then what truths can we find with the rise of Narconovelas, or Narco dramas, in both Spanish & English television in the US? Hugo Benavides, a professor of Anthropology at the Fordham University, speaks with us about how Narconovelas reflect the real-life corruption of police and state institutions.