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US Indicts Shining Path Rebels as Drug War Focus Shifts to Peru

US Indicts Shining Path Rebels as Drug War Focus Shifts to Peru

A US indictment against commanders of Peru's Shining Path guerrilla group is a boost to the Peruvian security forces' campaign for increased US support against the insurgency. However, the charges are unlikely to result in...

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Deadly Attacks in Nicaragua Fuel Fears of 'Contras' Revival

Deadly Attacks in Nicaragua Fuel Fears of 'Contras' Revival

A group calling itself the "Armed Forces for National Salvation" has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on government supporters in Nicaragua, adding weight to claims that armed groups that have sprung... Read more

Arrest of FARC’s Pacific Narco Boss Shines Light on Rebel Drug Ops

Arrest of FARC’s Pacific Narco Boss Shines Light on Rebel Drug Ops

Authorities in Colombia have captured the commander of the FARC's 30th Front and alleged head of the group's Pacific coast drug operations in a blow to a powerful guerrilla unit... Read more

El Salvador Military Arms Trafficking Probe Reaches Top Officials

El Salvador Military Arms Trafficking Probe Reaches Top Officials

Investigations into alleged arms trafficking by members of El Salvador's military have now reached the top, with a former defense minister, and an ex-vice defense minister and police and intelligence... Read more

'El Chapo' Works with Rival 'La Barbie' in Mexico Prison Hunger Strike

'El Chapo' Works with Rival 'La Barbie' in Mexico Prison Hunger Strike

Captured Sinaloa Cartel leader "El Chapo" Guzman has reportedly banded together with rival "La Barbie" to organize a hunger strike from his isolation cell, suggesting the kingpin does not enjoy... Read more

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Tijuana Cartel

Tijuana Cartel

The Tijuana Cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization, is based in one of... Read more

ERPAC

ERPAC

The Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia (Ejercito Revolucionario Popular Antiterrorista Colombiano - ERPAC) began... Read more

Barrio 18 (M-18)

Barrio 18 (M-18)

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18" or the "M-18," is one of... Read more

First Capital Command - PCC

First Capital Command - PCC

The First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital - PCC) was inspired by the Red... Read more

Shining Path

Shining Path

The Shining Path is an insurgent group in Peru that has declined in recent years,... Read more

Cachiros

Cachiros

The Cachiros are one of Honduras’ largest transport groups, with a net worth close to... Read more

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The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

After the capture of Zetas boss "Z40," Nuevo Laredo is bracing itself for the worst. This investigation breaks down what makes the city such an important trafficking corridor, and what it will take for the Zetas to maintain their grip on the city.

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Uruguay's Marijuana Bill

Uruguay: Marijuana, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug.

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El Salvador's Gang Truce

El Salvador's Gang Truce

The truce between El Salvador's two largest gangs -- the MS-13 and the Barrio 18 -- opens up new possibilities in how to deal with

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Juarez After The War

Juarez After The War

As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is moving towards something more like normality.

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The Zetas And The Battle For Monterrey

The Zetas and the Battle for Monterrey

InSight Crime delves into the Zetas' battle for Mexico’s industrial capital, Monterrey, getting to the essence of a criminal gang that defies easy definition.

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Slavery in Latin America

Slavery in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into modern slavery, looking at how Latin America’s criminal groups traffic human beings and force them to work as slaves.

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FARC, Peace and Criminalization

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is being dangled before Colombia. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, the enemies of the negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the process are high.

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Displacement in Latin America

Displacement in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into the new face of displacement in Latin America, where organized criminal groups are expanding and forcing people to flee.

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Target: Migrants

Target: Migrants

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers.

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Zetas in Guatemala

The Zetas in Guatemala

Mexico's Zetas have taken Guatemala by storm, and they are testing this country and the rest of the region: fail this test, and Central America sinks deeper into the abyss.

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The Northern Triangle Children Don't Leave Alone: They Are Taken

The Northern Triangle Children Don't Leave Alone: They Are Taken

The United States estimates that 60,000 children from Central America's Northern Triangle countries will enter the country without legal papers this year. US President Barack Obama has declared a crisis and has requested $3.7 billion...

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Ruling in Mexico Vigilantes Case Raises Demobilization Legal Issues

Ruling in Mexico Vigilantes Case Raises Demobilization Legal Issues

A federal judge in Mexico has ruled in favor of three vigilantes accused of carrying illegal arms on the grounds they were defending themselves in the face of the state's failure to do so, throwing...

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Police Investigations Show Structure, International Expansion of Brazil's PCC

Police Investigations Show Structure, International Expansion of Brazil's PCC

Police in Brazil say two top leaders of the PCC criminal organization run financial operations out of Paraguay and the United States, information that sheds light on the inner workings and international expansion of what...

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