Puerto Rico is still recovering from two disasters: last year’s Hurricane Maria and the continued onslaught of US neo-liberal economic policies. So what is the future of the Puerto Rican Left? Is statehood or independence the answer? The LMC asks these daunting questions with Fernando Tormos. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Scholars Strategy Network @ the University of Missouri-St Louis.
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.
Something is missing from the migrant crisis that is separating families: MONEY. There is a lot of money to be made off the misery of immigrants in the US. So the LMC speaks with Karina Moreno about the lucrative, billion-dollar deportation industry and how the profit motive undermines democracy & human rights. Karina Moreno is an assistant professor in the school of business, public administration, and information sciences at Long Island University in Brooklyn.