In Sean Penn's star-powered, 10,000-word, gigante get for Rolling Stone about his clandestine huddle with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, we learn that, with startling predictability, Guzmán was yielding to Hollywood's siren call. And that receptivity didn't just consist of his willingness to be interviewed by actor and activist Penn, either.
In one of the largest prison breaks in Mexico in recent years, 132 inmates escaped from a facility in the northern state of Coahuila on Monday, setting off a massive manhunt by police and soldiers near the U.S. border.
It's been a creeping tragedy that has escaped serious attention by many major media outlets, but the recurring waves of drug violence in Mexico have taken the lives of about 5,000 people in 2008. In response, the Mexican government has deployed more than 40,000 troops, though corruption within the state's security forces remains a grave problem.