News Analysis

Criminal Groups Continue to Terrorize Buenaventura: Report

Criminal Groups Continue to Terrorize Buenaventura: Report

Despite a government intervention in Buenaventura last year, Colombia's Pacific port city is still wracked by violence as criminal groups continue to kill, extort, and disappear victims, according to a new report by NGO Human Rights Watch. Read More

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Arrest of Bolivia's Ex-Police Chief Shows Extent of Corruption

Arrest of Bolivia's Ex-Police Chief Shows Extent of Corruption

Authorities in Bolivia have arrested the country's former chief of police, highlighting the widespread corruption that has facilitated Bolivia's emergence as a regional drug trafficking hub. Read More

Australia Arrests Point to Colombians Seeking New Drug Markets

Australia Arrests Point to Colombians Seeking New Drug Markets

A joint operation between security forces in Colombia and Australia has broken up an alleged drug trafficking ring, in the latest sign that Colombian organized crime is seeking to tap into new global markets. Read More

Peru's Coca Substitution Program Stalls Before it Starts

Peru's Coca Substitution Program Stalls Before it Starts

Peru has yet to implement a crop substitution program that was slated to begin last year in the country's most prolific coca-growing region known as the VRAEM, a reminder of the challenges facing both traditional and alternative strategies to reducing coca production. Read More

Mexico Drug Lords File Petition Against Prison Conditions

Mexico Drug Lords File Petition Against Prison Conditions

Some of Mexico's most notorious crime bosses have signed a petition complaining of human rights abuses in the country's only "supermax" rated federal prison, though whether it will draw a significant response while the government remains rocked by crimes against law abiding citizens remains to be seen. Read More