Opinion, by Michael Royster
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The year 2016 ended in a flurry of mostly natural deaths of famous people around the world; 2017 began with the entirely un-natural deaths of 56 un-famous people in a Manaus prison.
Deaths with disfigurement, up to and including decapitation. Deaths as vengeance, deaths as turf wars, deaths as threats. Deaths ineluctably foretold in years past, and inevitable in years to come. Deaths resulting directly from Brazil’s “war on drugs”.
Deaths directly related to Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is the headquarters of the Comando Vermelho (CV), by . . .