The Most Brutal Gangs On Earth

Citizens who manage to stay on the right side of their home countries’ laws usually settle their disputes in a civilized way—by suing the pants off of each other. Sometimes their disputes rise to the level of Internet flame wars or screaming matches at housing association meetings.

The gangs on this list, however, mostly grew up in places and among social classes that don’t offer that kind of redress. The disputes that arise among pimps, cigarette smugglers, international car thieves, and drug pushers mostly get solved with violence; the more violent, the better. Here are seven of the most violent gangs operating in the world today:

The Most Brutal Gangs: Los Zetas

The shortcoming of many criminal enterprises rests in limited equipment and training. Members of street gangs might be really tough individually, but they lack heavy weapons and have never been trained to work effectively in small-unit actions. Los Zetas, however, have solved that problem by recruiting former special forces commandos from elite squadrons of the Mexican army.

The Zetas began as the armed wing of Mexico’s already-hella-violent Gulf Cartel, as cartel members hired government-trained assassins as bodyguards. At first, hiring elite commandos was a way of gaining prestige in the violent world of Mexican cocaine smuggling, but over time the bodyguards role became much more expansive. Eventually, Los Zetas emerged as the muscle of the cartel.

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History’s Most Famous Disputes

Famous Disputes Elizabeth Mary

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Queen Elizabeth I vs. Mary, Queen of Scots

Most know Queen Elizabeth I for hearkening England’s Golden Age and love or loathe her historical legacy in equal, but there was one particular lady that Queen Elizabeth was not fond of: Mary, Queen of Scots. The two had a very public dispute over sovereignty that eventually led to Mary’s demise. As the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth had a legitimate, if often contested, claim to the throne. But following her father’s purposeful move away from the Catholic Church, when she assumed the throne the fate of England’s faith greatly rested in Elizabeth’s hands. In 1558, the protestant queen declared that England was indeed a Protestant country, which inspired the ire of many English Catholics who didn’t think that Elizabeth was the rightful heir to the English crown.

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7 Of History’s Biggest Badasses

Biggest Badasses Agustina Canon

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History’s Biggest Badasses: Agustina Of Aragon

Many consider Agustina de Aragón the Spanish “Joan of Arc” for her defense of Spain during the Spanish War of Independence in the 1800s. When the war first broke out in 1808, she would take apples to feed the gunners. But after the Spanish suffered heavy losses as the war dragged on, Agustina directly involved herself in the war when she ran to the cannons and began to defend Zaragoza—one of the last Spanish towns that hadn’t fallen to Napoleon—on her own.

Agustina Of Aragon

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Other Spaniards came to help, and after a lengthy and bloody struggle, the French retreated. They eventually returned a few weeks later and captured the town and Agustina, but she escaped and began working as a low-level rebel leader for the guerrilleros, assisting in organizing raids and attacks against the French. On June 21, 1813, she worked with the army as a front line battery commander at the Battle of Vitoria, the battle that eventually drove the French out of Spain for good.

Leonid Ivanovich Rogozov

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The 7 Best Commencement Speeches Of The Century

A poignant, well-spoken commencement speech is more than just a college afterthought. In fact, these speeches offer educators of all types one final chance to sway and nudge their students toward success. The best commencement speeches focus not on praising graduates’ professional and academic achievements, but on managing the road forward and leading an all-around fulfilling life.

Here are the seven best commencement speeches from the past 100 years:

David Foster Wallace, Kenyon College, 2005

American writer David Foster Wallace delivered an incredible and incredibly moving commencement speech on May 21, 2005. In fact, many would claim that “This is Water” is the best commencement speech ever given. Here, Wallace acknowledges life’s inevitable drudgeries, all while advocating fiercely for a liberal arts education.

David Foster Wallace "This is Water"

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