News Analysis

Mexico Seized Enough Illegal Weapons to Arm Navy, Police

Mexico Seized Enough Illegal Weapons to Arm Navy, Police

The number of firearms seized from criminal groups over the past ten years -- an average of 40 a day -- could equip a force equivalent to Mexico's Navy and Federal Police put together; while the amount of seized cartridges would allow each weapon to fire at least 105 rounds. Read More

News Briefs

'Peru Could Become a Narco-State': Official

'Peru Could Become a Narco-State': Official

A high-level government official has said Peru is at risk of becoming a narco-state, a questionable claim that nevertheless reflects the apparent deep penetration of drug trafficking groups into the country's politics. Read More

How US Immigration Policy Makes Kidnapping Migrants More Profitable

How US Immigration Policy Makes Kidnapping Migrants More Profitable

Criminal groups in Mexico have kidnapped and extorted migrants for years, but their ability to prey upon people embarking on the perilous journey to the United States may well be inadvertently facilitated by the very policies intended to keep migrants out: border security. Read More

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