A congressional commission in Venezuela says that a staggering $70 billion has been siphoned off from public institutions, a sign that widespread corruption may further destabilize the country's precarious political situation given its crumbling economy.
A deputy with El Salvador's ruling FMLN party traveled to Washington, DC last month to intervene in the offices of Congress on behalf of José Luis Merino -- the party leader linked to a businessman facing corruption charges -- and to raise concerns regarding the US Ambassador to El Salvador. US organizations with ties to the FMLN have also attacked Salvadoran Attorney General Douglas Meléndez. Meanwhile, the US government has decided to support Meléndez without objections: they have helped him present money laundering cases and they have offered to fund a special anti-impunity unit.
Tijuana's murder rate has spiked dramatically in recent months, leaving officials searching for reasons and responses to an emerging security crisis in Mexico's northern border city.
The mayor of El Salvador's capital city says homicides are down 70 percent, but the data tells a different story.