Lesson 5: Drug Cartels in Mexico

February 1, 2016 at 9:54 pm  •  Posted in s16-econ491 by  •  2 Comments

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Thu, Feb 4


  • Keystone XL Discussion and Mock Trial
  • Comments and ratings
  • Exam 1 on Thu, Feb 18


  • Geography of Mexico, Central America and Caribbean
    • Study this map of the region. Know all countries, capitals and key cities.  MexCentralAmerCaribb
    • Sample locations I might ask you to identify
      • Countries: Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic.
      • Capitals: Mexico City, Havana, Port-au-Prince, Managua, San Jose, San Salvador, Panama City, Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa
      • Key Cities: Guadalajara, Juarez, Tijuana, Monterrey
      • Landmarks: Yucatan Peninsula, Baja Peninsula, Panama Canal, Gulf of Mexico
  • Mexico’s Drug War
    • Who is in control?
    • Map of Cartel territories
    • cartel map of mexico oct 2015
    • BBC Documentary
      • Tijuana, Juarez
      • Sinaloa Cartel – El Chapo (Rolling Stone article by Sean Penn)
      • People of Mexico (including politicians, police, journalists, etc) – “Plata o plomo
      • Corridos – glorification of gang leaders & lifestyles, financial contributions to communities
    • Drug Distribution
      • HQ move from Columbia to Mexico – why?
    • Central America
      • Guerrillas from wars in the 1970-80s, now operating as death squads for drug runners
      • Migrants fleeing poverty, violence, instability


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