News Analysis

Rio de Janeiro Militias Muscle in on Brazil Elections

Rio de Janeiro Militias Muscle in on Brazil Elections

Not only have Rio de Janeiro’s violent militia groups dramatically expanded -- growing from just six communities in 2004 to 148 today -- they have also made their presence felt in the lead-up to this Sunday’s election. Read More

News Briefs

Military Officials Absolved in El Salvador Arms Trafficking Cases

Military Officials Absolved in El Salvador Arms Trafficking Cases

A group of military officials charged with stealing weapons from stockpiles have received a slap on the wrist for their offense, suggesting there's a troubling level of impunity for military personnel when it comes to arms trafficking cases.  Read More

Colombia Captures 'Marquitos,' Contraband Capo and Political Boss

Colombia Captures 'Marquitos,' Contraband Capo and Political Boss

Police have captured the most wanted man in northeast Colombia, "Marquitos" Figueroa, a blow against a criminal network that not only controls gasoline smuggling and drug trafficking routes but has also deeply infiltrated local politics. Read More

Mexico Blames Mayor, Wife in Missing Students Case

Mexico Blames Mayor, Wife in Missing Students Case

Authorities in Mexico have accused the former mayor of Iguala of ordering the attack against 43 students who went missing in the state of Guerrero, another revelation regarding the depth of official collusion with organized crime in the region. Read More

Mexican Govt Commission Confirms Army Massacre

Mexican Govt Commission Confirms Army Massacre

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has determined that the army summarily executed 15 of the 22 suspects killed in a warehouse in June this year, confirming another case of grave human rights abuse by the security forces, a month after the disappearance of 43 students. Read More