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The FARC are deeply involved in drug trafficking

Making Good Criminals: How to Effectively Respond to the Crime-Terrorism Nexus

...human security needs. So the paradox, the difficulty, the core policy dilemma of the 20th and 21st century to resolve is one of the security of states and institutions...

Gulf of Mexico Oil Industry Reeling From Hundreds of Pirate Attacks in 2019

...at a time when the pirates are getting bolder. In September, pirates even targeted a tourist boat near Dos Bocas, robbing over 50 passengers. InSight Crime Analysis The escalation...
Guatemalan Special Forces unit the Kaibiles

US Report Shows Zetas Corruption of Guatemala’s Special Forces

...state of Tamaulipas following a shootout between the Zetas and the security forces. InSight Crime Analysis The practice of recruiting the Kaibiles confirmed in the security documents is open...

Ecuador: A Cocaine Superhighway to the US and Europe

...Correa’s domestic policies also created space for drug trafficking to flourish. He politicized the judiciary, using it as a tool to take down opponents. He also directed the security...

Ending 40 Years of Drug War: The Impact on Latin America

...that they would. But in Latin America — where public security is more precarious, criminal groups are far wealthier, drug use is lower, and government institutions are weaker —...
An Indugel explosives seizure

Inside Colombia’s Multimillion-Dollar Black Market Explosives Trade

...every year to supply the thousands of informal miners working without proper permits. A security force raid on January 14 shut down this clandestine operation. Almost 3 metric tons...
An image published by the hackers

Brazil Investigating Hack of Military Police Data

...animated pirate dancing, accompanied by a message in English reading: “Do what you want [be]cause a pirate is free! You are a pirate!” El Jornal reported that Anonymous had...
A scene from Nicaragua's Miskito coast

The Life of Accidental Drug Traffickers on Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast

...of fuel supply, food, and temporary refuge. Third, they provide security. It is still an armed zone, a product of the war,” noted Orozco. Since then, drugs have become...

Rio’s Security Chief Talks Bringing Peace to the Favelas

...Rio de Janeiro’s Security Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame talks police corruption, militia groups, and the next phase of the favela “pacification” program with blogger Julia Michaels. Drug traffickers aren’t...

Rio’s Militias: Fighting Crimes or Committing Them?

...activity on the part of these organizations. In May, local news reported that the “milicia,” or militia group, was collecting “security” from about 10,000 residents in over 2,000 apartments,...

Mexico Church Hierarchy Takes Tepid Stance Amidst Violence

...security officials and the militiamen promise offensives against the Templars. “Michoacan has all the characteristics of a failed state,” Miguel Angel Patiño, 74, who retires at month’s end as...

Horse Racing Arrests Kick Off Bad Week for the Zetas

...Army announced the arrest of Gregorio Villanueva Salas, who was charged with overseeing a vast pirate merchandise operation, as well as perpetrating attacks on schools, media outlets, and military...