News Analysis

Tracing the Military Fingerprints on Guatemala's Customs Scandal

Tracing the Military Fingerprints on Guatemala's Customs Scandal

An investigation into the customs fraud network known as "La Linea" has implicated Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina and led to the arrest of former Vice President Roxana Baldetti. But corruption within the country's customs offices stretches as far back as the 1970s. Read More

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US Treasury Targets FARC Guerrillas in Switzerland

US Treasury Targets FARC Guerrillas in Switzerland

The US government has blacklisted members of Colombia's FARC for running a drug trafficking and money laundering network in Switzerland, a move that may complicate the rebel army's ongoing peace negotiations with the government.  Read More

Is 'Cartel of the Suns' Behind Venezuela-Colombia Border Closure?

Is 'Cartel of the Suns' Behind Venezuela-Colombia Border Closure?

Speculation has emerged that Venezuela's unilateral shutdown of its border with Colombia is intended to discourage the extradition of two suspected drug traffickers linked to Venezuelan security forces, raising the possibility the "Cartel of the Suns" is behind the border closure. Read More

Jamaica Sees 20% Spike in Murders

Jamaica Sees 20% Spike in Murders

Jamaica has suffered a sharp uptick in murders this year, raising fears that a shift in the island nation’s criminal dynamics is to blame. Read More

Honduras Considers Classifying Gangs as Terrorist Organizations

Honduras Considers Classifying Gangs as Terrorist Organizations

Lawmakers in Honduras are considering copying a recent decision by authorities in El Salvador to label gangs as terrorist groups, raising questions about what such a move would actually accomplish in the ongoing fight against gang violence in this Central American nation. Read More