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After the fall of the Berlin Wall, worldwide financial markets grew dramatically. Globalization made the world seem smaller. All of a sudden, there were new opportunities for trade, for investment.
In a new book, McMafia: A Journey Through The Global Criminal Underworld, Misha Glenny explores an unforeseen effect of globalization. The end of communism opened doors for enterprising criminals. Crime families became crime corporations. Globalization paved the way for what Glenny calls, a "New Silk Route." A way for criminals to transport drugs, money, weapons, and people to Europe and the United States.
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