News Analysis

Nicaragua to Fight Narcos with Warplanes? Don't Believe It

Nicaragua to Fight Narcos with Warplanes? Don't Believe It

Recent claims by Nicaragua that it intends to buy Russian fighter jets for counter-narcotics operations have raised eyebrows in Latin America, and exemplify how the fight against drug trafficking can be used to obscure ulterior motives. Read More

News Briefs

El Salvador Gangs Want a Peace Process

El Salvador Gangs Want a Peace Process

El Salvador’s gangs have released a new statement promising to reduce violence, but with their top leaders back in a maximum security prison, it is worth asking whether they really have the ability to keep their rank-and-file in line. Read More

Narcos, Police Unite in Adoration of 'Warrior Saint' in Brazil

Narcos, Police Unite in Adoration of 'Warrior Saint' in Brazil

A growing number of Rio de Janiero's faithful -- ranging from drug traffickers to police officers -- are reportedly praying to a "warrior saint" for protection, a possible response to the difficulties authorities have faced in reigning in the city's violence. Read More

Gulf Cartel Violence Reminiscent of Mexico Drug War Peak

Gulf Cartel Violence Reminiscent of Mexico Drug War Peak

Violence exploded in northeastern Mexico this week following the arrest of a Gulf Cartel leader, demonstrating the ability of drug cartels to brazenly create chaos in this hotbed of criminal activity. Read More

Colombia Dismantles Urabeños Drug Plane Network

Colombia Dismantles Urabeños Drug Plane Network

Authorities in Colombia have captured the leaders of a network that allegedly trafficked cocaine via plane for criminal organization the Urabeños, a reminder of the group's ability to move large quantities of drugs despite a sustained government offensive against them.  Read More