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'Drug Charges Against Ex-Guatemala Officials are Tip of the Iceberg'

'Drug Charges Against Ex-Guatemala Officials are Tip of the Iceberg'

Edgar Gutiérrez spoke with elPeriódico about how the relationship between organized crime and political power has evolved in Guatemala. Gutiérrez, who served as foreign chancellor during the administration of former President Alfonso Portillo, says Guatemala has reached a stage where politicians and organized crime mutually benefit from one other, making the fight against corruption that much more difficult. 

US Indicts Fmr Guatemala VP, Fmr Interior Minister on Drug Charges

US Indicts Fmr Guatemala VP, Fmr Interior Minister on Drug Charges

A US federal court has indicted the former vice president and the former interior minister of Guatemala on cocaine trafficking charges, suggesting US officials are skeptical about the ability of the Central American country's justice system to successfully prosecute these powerful figures.

Argentina Border Town 'Was Run by Narco-Politics': Minister

Argentina Border Town 'Was Run by Narco-Politics': Minister

A string of arrests has led Argentina's Security Minister to denounce the links between drug trafficking and local politics in a small town located along the Paragauyan border that serves as a key marijuana smuggling route. 

Venezuela 'Kingpin' Skimmed Millions from State Food Program: Report

Venezuela 'Kingpin' Skimmed Millions from State Food Program: Report

Reports have emerged that a Venezuelan businessman and alleged drug kingpin with ties to the sitting vice president imported state-controlled foods at hugely inflated prices, exemplifying the deep networks of corrupt financial and political elites, who are bleeding the state coffers dry as many civilians go hungry.

Fact Checking Venezuelan Passports-to-Terrorists Allegations

Fact Checking Venezuelan Passports-to-Terrorists Allegations

Over the past two weeks, a familiar narrative has been resuscitated: the threat of "Islamic terrorism" emanating from Latin America, through the revival of one of its most important sub-narratives: the threat posed by Venezuelan authorities illegitimately granting passports to presumed terrorists in the Middle East.

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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.