A new book by an Australian strategist explores the overlap between criminal activities and political strategy, in wide-ranging study that moves from the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico to the Cosa Nostra in Sicily to the various illegal actors in Mali.
InSight Crime receives dozens of emails each week from our audience. Below, we share some of our favorite praise for our work, angry rants, opinionated commentary and even apparent solicitations for criminal activity.
The growing backlash against Mexican soap operas revolving around the drug trade and its principal players, known as "narcotelenovelas," is based largely on their perceived harm to the country's social fabric. But this criticism ignores the very social factors that contribute to the growing popularity of narco culture in Mexico. Below, InSight Crime examines the underlying social and political issues that are addressed in two of the country's most popular narcotelenovelas currently on television.
Drug capos in Mexico are gettting buried in luxurious mausoleums replete with wireless internet, air conditioning and gold-plated caskets, proof that they are literally taking their illicit riches with them to the grave.