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Mexico’s $400 Million Swindle: An Interview With Animal Político’s Tania Montalvo

Mexico’s $400 Million Swindle: An Interview With Animal Político’s Tania Montalvo

More than $430 million of misused federal funds, 128 fictitious or irregular companies and 50 government officials. They all form part of a huge embezzlement scheme, uncovered in a multi-part, multi-media Animal Político* and Mexicans against Corruption and Impunity (Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad - MCCI) investigation. InSight Crime interviewed Tania Montalvo, the editor and general coordinator of the project, who told us about the investigation's major findings and how it was conducted.

Apparent Extrajudicial Execution in Mexico Adds to the Growing List

Apparent Extrajudicial Execution in Mexico Adds to the Growing List

A video of what appears to be a series of extrajudicial killings by a Mexican police officer in the border city of Reynosa is yet another example of how a combination of frustration with inefficient justice systems, a lack of resources, corruption and little oversight are helping to foster a regional epidemic of security force abuses.

Latin America Scores Poorly in New 'Global Impunity Index'

Latin America Scores Poorly in New 'Global Impunity Index'

Nearly every country in Latin America is struggling to combat high rates of impunity, according to a new report that analyzes structural and human rights conditions contributing to crimes going unpunished in the region.

How Mexican Crime Groups Profit From Illegal Fish Bladder Trade

How Mexican Crime Groups Profit From Illegal Fish Bladder Trade

A new report has highlighted the need for authorities in Mexico to treat the trafficking of illegal fish bladders as an urgent security issue, assessing the factors fueling the illicit trade and providing recommendations for how authorities could do more to combat the environmentally harmful criminal activity.

Drug Dealers Operate Freely at Mexico's Largest University: Video

Drug Dealers Operate Freely at Mexico's Largest University: Video

A new video provides an inside look at the operations of small-scale drug trafficking groups on the campus of Mexico's biggest university, suggesting that the general lack of control security forces have over criminal groups has permeated the country's top academic institution.

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 won, and what is next for the Mexican border city.