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Death But No Taxes: How Guatemala's Elite Foster Crime, Impunity

Death But No Taxes: How Guatemala's Elite Foster Crime, Impunity

A formidable combination of weak state institutions, powerful economic elites and high-level corruption has kept tax rates exceedingly low for Guatemala's wealthy, depriving the government of the resources needed to combat crime and reduce impunity.

Guatemala AG Says She's Afraid for the First Time

Guatemala AG Says She's Afraid for the First Time

Guatemala's attorney general said she was under attack from "hidden powers" and feared for her safety for the first time in two years, as her office presses forward with corruption cases implicating members of the country's political and economic elite.

Organized Crime Fuels Rising Northern Triangle Displacement: UN

Organized Crime Fuels Rising Northern Triangle Displacement: UN

A new United Nations report highlights skyrocketing rates of forced displacement in Central America's Northern Triangle region, attributing the trend in large part to rampant organized crime related violence.

Guatemala's Government Corruption Scandals Explained

Guatemala's Government Corruption Scandals Explained

News out of Guatemala over the past year has been filled with details regarding various investigations into high-level corruption. InSight Crime breaks down the often overwhelming and confusing stream of information to offer a condensed briefing of the most high-profile cases. 

Ex-DEA Agent: US Tolerant of Central American Drug Corruption

Ex-DEA Agent: US Tolerant of Central American Drug Corruption

Former DEA agent in El Salvador Danny Dalton doesn't mince words: Central America's drug trafficking organizations would not be so well developed without the help of corrupt local authorities that have been tolerated by US governments.  

The Zetas, Mexico’s most feared and violent criminal organization, have moved operations to Guatemala, penetrating local police forces and the military. They have made alliances with locals that permit them to launder their proceeds through agribusiness and public works contracts. They have also introduced a new way of operating. Beyond controlling the distribution chains and infrastructure needed to run the day-to-day operations, the Zetas are focused on controlling territory. In this they are the experts, creating a ruthless and intimidating force that is willing to take the fight to a new, often macabre level.