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Weekly InSight: Sean Penn, Kate del Castillo and the Hunt for El Chapo

Weekly InSight: Sean Penn, Kate del Castillo and the Hunt for El Chapo

In our November 9 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime co-director Steven Dudley spoke with senior editor Mike LaSusa about our recent article examining questions surrounding Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo's 2015 meeting with Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.


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  • InSight Crime Game Changers 2015 - The Year of Corruption and Organized Crime

    Welcome to InSight Crime's Game Changers 2015, where we highlight the year's most important trends in organized crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. This year saw some potentially game changing developments related to government corruption, organized crime, and rising pressure to alter alliances between members of the state and criminal groups. It also saw important shifts in the criminal world, in particular related to street gangs and the realignment of large criminal enterprises.

  • Acclaimed Novel Offers Illuminating Portrayal of Jamaica's Gangs

    Marlon James' novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings

    One suspects that Marlon James didn’t set out to write a definitive account of Caribbean gang life with "A Brief History of Seven Killings," but he manages something close. As a study of Jamaican organized crime, the novel is a triumph.

  • Netflix 'Narcos': 'Cultural Weight' or Cultural Maquila?

    Netflix Narcos

    Netflix's hit show "Narcos" pretends to be culturally sensitive and historically accurate, but it is actually the opposite, and worse.

  • 'Sicario' Presents Dramatized Yet Refreshing Drug Critique

    Benicio del Toro in "Sicario"

    The recently released movie "Sicario," while at times presenting an exaggerated depiction of Mexico's drug violence and US counter-cartel strategy, offers a harsh but refreshing critique of regional anti-drug efforts.  

  • Latin America's Top 5 Crime Clichés

    Pablo Escobar's death immortalized in a Fernando Botero painting

    Organized crime has become deeply embedded in Latin culture, and its terminology has been incorporated into everyday language, indeed now becoming cliché. 

  • 'Cartel Land' Paints Stunning, Dark Picture of Mexico Vigilantes

    'Cartel Land' looks at anti-cartel vigilantes

    Perhaps the single most important factor explaining the power of organized crime in Mexico is government dysfunction. It is appropriate, then, that official missteps are the mostly unspoken core of "Cartel Land," a new documentary from Matthew Heineman that divides its time between a vigilante group in Arizona and the self-defense militias of Michoacan.

  • 'The End of Power' for LatAm's Underworld

    Moises Naim's 'The End of Power'

    “From boardrooms to battlefields and churches to states, why being in charge isn't what it used to be,” reads the front cover of best-selling book “The End of Power.” The same is true for underworlds across Latin America. 

  • Colombia Raids 'Luxury' Prison Wing

    The "parapolitics" wing of Colombia's La Picota prison

    Colombia's prison authorities have moved to "retake" a section of the country's most notorious prison, after reports emerged of the luxury lifestyles of the wealthy inmates living there. 

  • New Book Levels Serious Drug Trafficking Allegations Against Venezuela Officials

    Diosdado Cabello with Nicolas Maduro

    A new book documenting alleged links between Venezuela officials and the drug trade is astounding in the scope of its accusations, and alleges that corruption and involvement in drug trafficking have penetrated the upper echelons of the country's government.

  • The Origins of Mexico's Drug Violence: a Rebuttal

    A US-Mexico border checkpoint

    As part of an ongoing debate about the relationship between free trade and Mexico's drug war, authors Mike Wallace and Carmen Boullosa* respond to a critique of their book "A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the Mexican Drug War." InSight Crime published an article about the book on April 6, and Manuel Suarez, one of the negotiators of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), responded. Here is the authors' rebuttal.