News Analysis

Rio de Janeiro Militias Muscle in on Brazil Elections

Rio de Janeiro Militias Muscle in on Brazil Elections

Not only have Rio de Janeiro’s violent militia groups dramatically expanded -- growing from just six communities in 2004 to 148 today -- they have also made their presence felt in the lead-up to this Sunday’s election. Read More

News Briefs

US Prison Holds Guatemala Drug Trafficking 'Queen'

US Prison Holds Guatemala Drug Trafficking 'Queen'

The US Bureau of Prisons has confirmed that the alleged leader of a huge Central American drug trafficking and money laundering network is being held in the US. Her likely collaboration with authorities could yet lead to significant revelations about ties between the region's social elites and organized crime. Read More

As Uruguay Elections Near, Is Marijuana Law Under Threat?

As Uruguay Elections Near, Is Marijuana Law Under Threat?

The two leading presidential candidates in Uruguay have expressed doubts about the country's landmark marijuana legalization law. Will the marijuana laws likely be scaled back, or is this simply politicking? Read More

Honduras Ends Strike with Promise to Confront Public Transport Gang Violence

Honduras Ends Strike with Promise to Confront Public Transport Gang Violence

Public transport workers in Honduras called off a strike after the government agreed to new security measures to stem violence and extortion affecting bus drivers. However, other experiences around the region suggest that this move may not be enough. Read More

Military Officials Absolved in El Salvador Arms Trafficking Cases

Military Officials Absolved in El Salvador Arms Trafficking Cases

A group of military officials charged with stealing weapons from stockpiles have received a slap on the wrist for their offense, suggesting there's a troubling level of impunity for military personnel when it comes to arms trafficking cases.  Read More