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Brazil Officials Propose Expanding Military Role in ‘War’ on Crime

Several top officials in Brazil have floated the idea of expanding the use of federal military operations to combat crime throughout the country, suggesting the...
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Can Anyone Stop Brazil’s PCC?

Brazil’s biggest gang has expanded across the region. Confronting them head-on might just make the problem worse....
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At Rio Carnival, Crime and Corruption Overshadow Brazil’s Biggest Party

Brazil’s biggest annual celebration came to a close amid several indications of deepening insecurity in Rio de Janeiro, as well as ongoing concerns about...
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Officials in Brazil, Mexico Question Traditional Crime-Fighting Strategies

Top security officials in Brazil and Mexico are questioning traditional strategies towards combating organized crime, but it’s unlikely that these concerns will...
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Arrests Again Point to Paraguay President’s Contraband Cigarettes

Cigarettes manufactured by a firm belonging to the family of Paraguay's president have once again been seized after being smuggled across the border into Brazil,...
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Massacre in Northern Brazil Points to PCC’s Continued Expansion

A criminal group allied with Brazil’s First Capital Command was allegedly behind the massacre of more than a dozen people in a strategic area of northern Brazil,...
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Weekly InSight: GameChangers in Latin America Organized Crime in 2017

In our January 25 Facebook Live session, InSight Crime Co-Director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed our annual GameChangers series, covering...
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Brazil Ex-President’s Conviction Upheld, But System Still Favors Elites

An appeals court in Brazil has upheld the conviction on corruption charges of former President Luis Inácio “Lula” da Silva. Supporters of the still-popular...
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Refusal to Respond to Calls Highlights Demise of Rio’s UPP Program

Rio De Janeiro’s Police Pacification Units (UPPs), already suffering from crippling budget cuts and broken public confidence, are refusing to respond to calls...