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Q&A: A Look at Mexico's Armed Conflict Through a Lens of Drug War Capitalism

Free Speach Radio News
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October 11, 2015

       Drug War Capitalism
       by Dawn Paley
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Mexico ranks only behind Syria and Iraq in the sheer numbers of deaths due to armed conflict. That’s according to a study released this year by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The bulk of those deaths in Mexico come in the context of the so-called drug war. The primary armed actors in Mexico’s conflict are the military, police forces and organized criminals — but the lines between state forces and armed non-state actors are not always clear.

One book that tries to make sense of the apparently senseless violence is “Drug War Capitalism,“ which uses an economic and geopolitical lens to examine the conflict, rather than relying on the stated goals of drug warrior policy makers. FSRN’s Shannon Young spoke with the book’s author, Dawn Paley.

Read the inteview at Free Speach Radio News

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