For the last three decades, Mexico has found it self embattled in a desperate war for control of it's own governance. Criminal groups have impregnated federal institutions with the seeds of their corruption while simultaneously sweeping the nation at large into a violent fervor of greed, addiction and terror.
In Michoacán, rural villagers of the Tierra Caliente valley found themselves forced to pick up arms as state authorities and security forces refused to come to their aid as Los Caballeros Templarios took to pillaging, kidnapping and extorting local farmers and operating illegal iron ore mines complete with slave labour.
In Tamaulipas, the nights become alight with furious gun battles between members of the Cártel del Golfo fighting amongst one another for control and with rivals like the Cártel del Noreste and members of the Mexican military.
At large, it would seem that portions of the country have fallen into the disarray generated by a criminal insurgency.
It is here we hope to examine those involves and the mechanisms through which they operate so as to understand why progress has been so difficult to come by.