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08 Oct How Cartels Affect Life in Mexico Part 2

PART 2 This article is a continuation in a series about the effects that cartels have to the lives of the Mexican people, and how the violence of these criminal institutions creates an unstable environment throughout the entire country. This series looks at the lasting effects that the drug trade has made possible by fueling the rise of organizations that are responsible for billions of dollars in drugs being funneled into the United States, as well as the deaths and disappearances of thousands of people in North America. Small businesses have higher risks The ability to start businesses and create commerce is what gives a country the economic backing that it needs to survive and raise the standard of living of its citizens. This process has become complicated in many regions of Mexico over the last decade. In cities like Juarez, every single small business needs to pay protection and extortion money to the cartels, which creates a higher risk of starting up a company. This has driven many jobs from regions that need economic assistance the most. Although larger corporations can still function in these violent areas, they are not immune to the negative effects, and may find their supply lines raided to pay off cartels.
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Lines of cocaine cover Mexican pesos.

01 Oct How Cartels Affect Life in Mexico Part 1

PART 1 Did you know that an American is literally over 1000 times more likely to get killed by a Mexican cartel than by a member of ISIS? Despite this fact, it seems that the media coverage that we dedicate to the violence beneath our southern border is slim, by comparison. With this in mind, remember that the violence perpetuated against the people of Mexico by these cartels is even worse. The sad truth is that drug abuse in the United States has a chilling effect that goes far beyond our own borders, as the drug trade is what fuels this institution of violence and despair. Here are some of the ways that cartels affect life in Mexico...
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24 Sep Counter Isolation to Strengthen Youth Against Addiction

There are many factors that contribute to addiction and its risk. Certain individuals are at an especially high risk for addiction, whether that’s due to genetic causes, events and environment that they grew up in, or continuing mental health issues. There’s one group that is at an unusually high risk for addiction: the LGBT community. While about 9% of the population at large struggles with addiction, an estimated 20-30% of the LGBT community has the same problem. That means that gay or transgender teens are over twice as likely to struggle with addiction!
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08 Sep Finding Power in Vulnerability

When Brene Brown’s TED talk was released in 2010, her message of wholehearted living struck a chord with millions of people around the world. Speaker, author, and professor Brene Brown has spent years researching shame, courage, and vulnerability. Her research sheds a fascinating light on how we can improve our lives by reversing the fear and shame that holds us back, and instead embracing courage and vulnerability. She teaches people to show up, allow themselves to be seen, and live brave.
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01 Aug Common Addictions Part 1

When most people think of the word “addiction,” their mind immediately thinks of substances such as drugs and alcohol.  However, it is possible to become addicted to other substances as well as behaviors.  According to Psychology today, an addiction is when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable, but the act becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life.  Below are 6 common addictions that plague Americans today that are not drugs or alcohol.  Join us next week as we explore a few more common addictions.  
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