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Colombia Port Town in Bloody Battle Over Former FARC Turf

Colombia Port Town in Bloody Battle Over Former FARC Turf

At least four criminal groups are apparently running the illegal economies in the port of Tumaco on Colombia's Pacific coast, which is resulting in homicides and mass community displacement.

GameChangers 2016: Red Flags for 2017

GameChangers 2016: Red Flags for 2017

At the end of every year, InSight Crime looks into the crystal ball and predicts what the big criminal risks are likely to be during 2017. These are what we see as the threats facing the Americas in the coming year.

FARC Unity Shatters in Colombia

FARC Unity Shatters in Colombia

Amid increasing desertion, two rival groups of FARC rebels clashed leaving two dead, a clear violation of the ceasefire and evidence that the rebel movement is breaking apart even as the peace process enters its implementation phase.

GameChangers 2016: Still No Peace in Colombia

GameChangers 2016: Still No Peace in Colombia

This year saw a Nobel Peace Prize for the Colombian president and two peace agreements with Marxist rebels. Yet an end to the fighting is still a ways off in this battered Andean nation, and organized crime is about to undergo another mutation.

GameChangers 2016: Illegal Mining and Continuing Criminal Diversification

GameChangers 2016: Illegal Mining and Continuing Criminal Diversification

Latin America witnessed a criminal boom in illegal mining in 2016, and a rise of complementary illicit activities, as organized crime recognized the potential of illegal gold can rival the cocaine trade.

Can Colombia Meet Its Huge 2017 Coca Eradication Goal?

Can Colombia Meet Its Huge 2017 Coca Eradication Goal?

Colombia has outlined plans to mitigate surging coca cultivations -- one of the biggest threats to lasting peace in the country -- as the FARC guerrillas' demobilization process moves slowly forward.

GameChangers 2016: Elites, Organized Crime and Political Firestorms

GameChangers 2016: Elites, Organized Crime and Political Firestorms

Welcome to InSight Crime's GameChangers 2016, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas. This year we put a spotlight on crime and corruption among the region's political elites, while reporting on government struggles to corral criminality fueled by street gangs, drug cartels and Marxist rebels alike.

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 peace process are high.