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The Reality of the FARC Peace Talks in Havana

The Reality of the FARC Peace Talks in Havana

If we are to believe the Colombian government, the question is not if, but rather...

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The FARC and the Drug Trade: Siamese Twins?

The FARC and the Drug Trade: Siamese Twins?

The FARC have always had a love-hate relationship with drugs. They love the money it...

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The FARC 1964-2002: From Ragged Rebellion to Military Machine

The FARC 1964-2002: From Ragged Rebellion to Military Machine

On May 27, 1964 up to one thousand Colombian soldiers, backed by fighter planes and...

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The FARC 2002-Present: Decapitation and Rebirth

The FARC 2002-Present: Decapitation and Rebirth

In August 2002, the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) greeted Colombia's...

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The Urabeños - The Criminal Hybrid

The Urabeños - The Criminal Hybrid

The mad scramble for criminal power in the aftermath of the demobilization of the United...

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The BACRIM and Their Position in Colombia's Underworld

The BACRIM and Their Position in Colombia's Underworld

The name BACRIM was created by the government of former President Alvaro Uribe in the...

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The Last BACRIM Standing: The Urabeños Today

The Last BACRIM Standing: The Urabeños Today

Today the Urabeños are the only BACRIM with a national reach. They are also arguably...

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The Evolution of the Urabeños

The Evolution of the Urabeños

Uraba, which means "promised land" in the indigenous tongue, was the cradle of the paramilitaries,...

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The Future of the BACRIM and Post-Conflict Colombia

The Future of the BACRIM and Post-Conflict Colombia

While the Urabeños are presently established as Colombia's top drug trafficking group, it remains to...

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Mexico's Security Dilemma: The Battle for Michoacan

Mexico's Security Dilemma: The Battle for Michoacan

Faced with the government's failure to rein in the criminals, communities across crime-besieged Mexico have...

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Mexico's Security Dilemma: The Rise of Michoacan's Militias

Mexico's Security Dilemma: The Rise of Michoacan's Militias

Volunteer community policing has been a tradition in indigenous communities across Southern Mexico for centuries....

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Mexico's Security Dilemma: A Myopic Approach to Michoacan's Militias

Mexico's Security Dilemma: A Myopic Approach to Michoacan's Militias

The desperation in Michoacan, as in many parts of Mexico, with regards to organized crime...

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The Zetas in Nuevo Laredo

Los 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.

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Uruguay's Marijuana Bill

Uruguay: Marijuana, Organized Crime and the Politics of Drugs

Uruguay is poised to become the first country on the planet to regulate the production, sale, and distribution of the drug.

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El Salvador's Gang Truce

El Salvador's Gang Truce

The truce between El Salvador's two largest gangs -- the MS-13 and the Barrio 18 -- opens up new possibilities in how to deal with

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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.

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The Zetas And The Battle For Monterrey

The Zetas and the Battle for Monterrey

InSight Crime delves into the Zetas' battle for Mexico’s industrial capital, Monterrey, getting to the essence of a criminal gang that defies easy definition.

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Slavery in Latin America

Slavery in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into modern slavery, looking at how Latin America’s criminal groups traffic human beings and force them to work as slaves.

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FARC, Peace and Criminalization

FARC, Peace and Possible Criminalization

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is being dangled before Colombia. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, the enemies of the negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the process are high.

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Displacement in Latin America

Displacement in Latin America

InSight Crime coordinated an investigation into the new face of displacement in Latin America, where organized criminal groups are expanding and forcing people to flee.

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Target: Migrants

Target: Migrants

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity across the region, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers.

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Zetas in Guatemala

The Zetas in Guatemala

Mexico's Zetas have taken Guatemala by storm, and they are testing this country and the rest of the region: fail this test, and Central America sinks deeper into the abyss.

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Mutilated Corpses in Venezuela Point to Migrating Criminal Tactics

Mutilated Corpses in Venezuela Point to Migrating Criminal Tactics

Fourteen dismembered corpses have been found so far this year in Caracas, suggesting that the gruesome tactics of foreign criminal groups -- and possibly the criminals themselves -- have found their way to Venezuela's capital.

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Latin America Stumbles On Road To Health-Based Drug Policies

Latin America Stumbles On Road To Health-Based Drug Policies

A consensus has been building in Latin America that drug use should be treated as a health and not a criminal issue. But has this rhetoric become an on-the-ground reality?

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Peru Excludes 345 Candidates from Elections for Criminal Convictions

Peru Excludes 345 Candidates from Elections for Criminal Convictions

Authorities in Peru have announced the removal of over 300 political candidates with criminal records from upcoming elections, a decision that indicates a willingness to take action, but may not be an entirely fair response.

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