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El Chapo Guzmán's role in the global cocaine trade is becoming clearer

CHRISTOPHER WOODY


Aug. 16, 2015, 3:54 PM



REUTERS/ John VizcainoColombia's police chief, Gen. Rodolfo Palomino, center, examines confiscated packs of cocaine at a police base in northern Colombia, February 24, 2015.















Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel in Mexico is the largest drug-trafficking organization in the world, and its deep ties to Colombia are becoming more apparent. 




According to a recent report from Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Sinaloa controls 35% of the cocaine exported from Colombia — the largest producer of the drug in the world.






Now that El Chapo has escaped from a Mexican prison,  Colombian generals who worked to bring down the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar are reportedly hunting down the notorious Sinaloa cartel leader, too. 





Born in the mountains of Sinaloa state on Mexico’s west coast, El Chapo's cartel has expanded throughout the country and around the world over the last several decades.






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Bank of America: These Five Maps Show the Major Global Trends Investors Need to Know Robots, aging, food prices, political union, and stock-market value

Luke Kawa
August 12, 2015 — 1:30 PM PDT





40% of World Has Internet Connection: Report


In its Transforming World Atlas, Bank of America Merrill Lynch uses a collection of maps to demonstrate how the world is changing in unexpected ways—and how these trends will shape investment returns for decades to come.




Candace Browning, head of global research, referred to data from one of the Atlas maps—showing that China's share of world Internet usage is more than double that of the U.S.—on Bloomberg Surveillance this morning, Aug. 12, in the "Single Best Chart" segment.




"If you look at it, in 1995, less than 1 percent of the world's population had Internet connectivity, and today it's 40 percent," Browning said.


"The Internet of things, the sharing economy—all of those things are not possible without Internet connections."


With permission from Bank of America, we reprinted one chart that caught our attention from each of the five sections in the report—People, …