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Venezuela’s Leftist Collectives: Criminals or Revolutionaries?

Venezuela’s Leftist Collectives: Criminals or Revolutionaries?

A recent clash between Venezuela's collectives and police -- which may have led to the removal of the country's Interior Minister -- illustrates the complex and ambiguous relationship between the state and the country's militant leftist groups, which have been accused of criminal activity.  Read More

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Venezuela is a key transit country for drug shipments going from Colombia to the United States and Europe. The illegal drug trade has traditionally been controlled by foreign organizations, particularly Colombians, attracted by poor rule of law and corruption. However, there is evidence that beginning in the mid-2000s corrupt elements in the security forces stepped up their role in the business, forming a loose network dubbed the “Cartel de los Soles” (Cartel of the Suns).

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