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Video: The Deadly Genius of Mexican Drug Cartels


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The landscape may be somewhat changed in the wake of last month’s capture of “El Chapo” Guzman, but the principles surely remain: This TED talk by Yale business professor Rodrigo Canales details how Mexican drug cartels operate, behind the familiar headlines. Groups like Los Zetas, the Knights Templar and the Sinaloa cartel, he explains, are highly sophisticated organizations that rely on complex distribution networks, branding and business strategies, multinational partnerships and even social engagement to dominate their industry. And we in the US are complicit in supporting a system that causes thousands of unnecessary deaths.