Conclusion: Bicentennial Reflections on Failure
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Mexico celebrated the bicentennial of its independence and the centennial of its revolution amid fanfare and gunfire. While the federal government planned a massive celebration of the nation’s history, an ongoing war against and among drug cartels has claimed the lives of more than forty thousand people since 2006. Celebratory banners hung in the capital city’s downtown area eerily paralleled the mutilated corpses hanging from over-passes in the major cities of the northern states. Today, many small border towns in Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, and Nuevo Lebn are hard-pressed to fill vacancies left by law enforcement officers who have been assassinated by narcos. Beyond drug violence, roughly half of the population lives in poverty, and stratification continues to widen the economic gap. Concerns about impunity still plague the judicial system as criminals escape max-imum security prisons in laundry carts and climb over the walls using ladders.
KeywordsUnanimous Opinion Security Prison Historical Fiction Latin American Politics Drug Violence
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