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Mexico Arrest of Fugitive Ex-Governor Is Result of Politics, Not Ethics

Mexico Arrest of Fugitive Ex-Governor Is Result of Politics, Not Ethics

The capture of a fugitive ex-governor shows that Mexico is capable of netting its most wanted if there is sufficient political will. But if authorities want to eliminate the abuse of power by officials, ethics rather than politics must be the key force behind these manhunts.

El Salvador Vice President Engaged in 'Money Laundering Methods': Prosecutors

El Salvador Vice President Engaged in 'Money Laundering Methods': Prosecutors

The vice president of El Salvador, Óscar Ortiz, is closer than he has claimed to the illegal activities of José Adán Salazar Umaña, alias "Chepe Diablo," who was arrested on April 4 on money laundering charges.

New Graft Investigations Target Dozens of Top Brazil Officials

New Graft Investigations Target Dozens of Top Brazil Officials

A long-running corruption scandal in Brazil involving numerous elites has expanded once again after a judge approved petitions to open investigations into dozens more politicians, including several top officials in the current government, for their suspected involvement in a massive graft scheme.

An Extradition from Italy May Increase US-Mexico Tensions

An Extradition from Italy May Increase US-Mexico Tensions

A former Mexican governor captured in Italy faces extradition to the United States and Mexico, which may spark new tensions between the neighboring countries. 

'Chepe Diablo' Case (Upside Down): El Salvador Accuses, US Exonerates

'Chepe Diablo' Case (Upside Down): El Salvador Accuses, US Exonerates

In a reversal befitting of his criminal career, "Chepe Diablo" has been taken off the US Treasury Department's "Kingpin List," even as he faces stiff money laundering charges in home country, El Salvador.

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Organized crime and the violence associated with it is the preeminent problem in Latin America and the Caribbean today. The region is currently home to six of the most violent countries in the world that are not at war. Four of those countries are in Central America, where we centered our research.