Monday, September 28, 2009


El Universal had a piece yesterday on the growing youth movement among Mexico's criminals. That's something I've been hearing a lot of, both anecdotally and in the media. (A lot of it also owes to this horrible crime, in which a deranged 16-year-old killed a Tabasco politician and his family a few weeks ago.) Usually it's a cause for fear, i.e. what does the future hold if 14-year-olds are willing to rob and rape and kill? I think it also demonstrates that Mexico's criminal ills are much more complex than just the Zetas, Chapo, and La Familia. More so now than five years ago, the insecurity is an organic phenomenon.

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