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Death But No Taxes: How Guatemala's Elite Foster Crime, Impunity

Death But No Taxes: How Guatemala's Elite Foster Crime, Impunity

A formidable combination of weak state institutions, powerful economic elites and high-level corruption has kept tax rates exceedingly low for Guatemala's wealthy, depriving the government of the resources needed to combat crime and reduce impunity.

News Briefs

Mexico Sees Most Violent Month Since Calderon Era

Mexico Sees Most Violent Month Since Calderon Era

The number of homicides in May reached levels unseen during the administration of Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto, and the fact...

Brazil Is Top Cocaine Transshipment Country for Europe, Africa, Asia

Brazil Is Top Cocaine Transshipment Country for Europe, Africa, Asia

Much of the South American cocaine destined for global markets flows through Brazil according a UN report, and there are...

Panama Cracks Down on Main Street Gang

Panama Cracks Down on Main Street Gang

Police operations are cracking down on one of Panama's two main rival gangs at a time when the local groups...

Fleeing Gang Violence, El Salvador Migrants Head South

Fleeing Gang Violence, El Salvador Migrants Head South

A new report says an increasing number of Central Americans are fleeing south to escape gang violence and seeking asylum...

Over 50 Colombians Detained in China for Drug Trafficking: Report

Over 50 Colombians Detained in China for Drug Trafficking: Report

A new report about Colombian nationals detained in China on drug charges calls attention to an emerging consumer market that...

Honduras Police Reform Commission Reports Death Threats

Honduras Police Reform Commission Reports Death Threats

Members of a commission established to purge Honduras’ National Police reported receiving increased death threats just hours after three police...

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Justice and the Creation of a Mafia State in Guatemala

Justice and the Creation of a Mafia State in Guatemala

As Guatemala's Congress gears up to select new Supreme Court Justices and appellate court judges, InSight Crime is investigating how organized crime influences the selection process. This story details the interests of one particular political bloc vying for control over the courts and what's at stake: millions of ...

The Victory of the Urabeños - The New Face of Colombian Organized Crime

The Victory of the Urabeños - The New Face of Colombian Organized Crime

The mad scramble for criminal power in the aftermath of the demobilization of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) is over. The Urabeños, or as they prefer to call themselves, the "Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia," have won.

50 years of the FARC: War, Drugs and Revolution

50 years of the FARC: War, Drugs and Revolution

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the ...

Mexico’s Security Dilemma: Michoacan’s Militias

 Mexico’s Security Dilemma: Michoacan’s Militias

Well-armed vigilantes in Mexico's Michoacan state have helped authorities dismantle a powerful criminal organization, but now the government may have a more difficult task: keeping Michoacan safe from the vigilantes and rival criminal groups.

Uruguay, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

Uruguay, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

After the lower house passed the controversial marijuana bill July 31, Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug, and provide a model for countries looking for alternatives to the world’s dominant drug policy paradigm. ...

The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

The 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.

El Salvador's Gang Truce: Positives And Negatives

El Salvador's Gang Truce: Positives And Negatives

Whether it is sustainable or not, the truce -- which the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and the Barrio 18 put into place March 2012 -- has changed the conventional thinking about who the gangs are and what is the best way to handle the most difficult law and order ...

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the ...

Corruption in El Salvador: Politicians, Police and Transportistas

Corruption in El Salvador: Politicians, Police and Transportistas

Since the end of El Salvador's civil war, the country's police has become a key player in the underworld. This series of five articles explore the dark ties between criminal organizations and the government's foremost crime fighting institution.

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. InSight Crime looks at the role politicians, police, and for-hire street gangs played in the fighting -- asking who ...