By Sturla Haugsgjerd & Thomas Kjøsnes for The Influence.

1. We Need to Stop Harming the Developing World

In Mexico alone, more people have lost their lives due to cartels’ bloody battle over drug-trafficking routes to Western markets than in Afghanistan and Iraq combined in the last decade. The most powerful cartels achieve de facto immunity from prosecution because of their economic muscle—used for paying off politicians. In turn, this creates a strong incentive to exercise extreme violence and grab power through fear. The result is, as we see, beheadings, bodies burned alive in barrels of boiling oil and many other atrocities in poorer, drug-producing or drug-transit nations.

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