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.
Following the assassination of Afro-Brazilian rights activist & politician Marielle Franco in March, the LMC speaks with Professor Jaime Alves about the life, legacy, and the fight against institutionalized racism in Brazil. Jaime Alves is an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, NY and the author of, “The Anti-Black City: Police Terror & Black Urban Life in Brazil.”
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.