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A classified U.S. State Department cable released by the organization WikiLeaks alleges that Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista party have regularly received campaign finance money from known international drug traffickers.

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 12:18

Police Arrest Four Smugglers in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan police arrested four people accused of controlling airstrips in southern Nicaragua, used to launch drug flights for Mexican cartels, authorities said. 

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After the mysterious death of a Contra leader in February, armed groups have reportedly emerged to declare war against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. As the election season approaches, the government has attempted to link these groups with common criminal bands.

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After a border dispute which has flared up over the last few months, neighboring countries Costa Rica and Nicaragua have signed an agreement to work together in the fight against organized crime, reports EFE.

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In his political rhetoric, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega makes no secret of his often hostile views towards U.S. foreign policy. The irony is that Nicaragua may be among the U.S.'s most effective Central American partners in the so-called "war on drugs."

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A head of the U.S. Army's Southern Command called on the Americas to join forces against the threats of illicit trafficking and terrorism, as a joint military training exercise opened in El Salvador.

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After the murder of Facundo Cabral, a well-known Argentine singer, Guatemala's government was quick to offer an explanation: the hit was aimed at a nightclub owner traveling with the musician. But for millions of Cabral's fans, nothing can absolve Guatemala of its responsibility.

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Thursday, 14 July 2011 17:13

Ungoverned Spaces in the Americas, Part I

Southern Pulse examines those areas of Latin America where there is no state presence, and transnational criminal organizations are able to thrive.

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A U.S. diplomatic cable released by whistleblower site WikiLeaks reportedly says there is reason to "re-evaluate" how far Nicaragua's remote indigenous communities are collaborating with drug traffickers. But the evidence isn't all there.

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The head of Nicaragua's Navy has warned that organized criminal organizations are increasingly trying to penetrate the country's armed forces.

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