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Beyond BACRIM, Urabeños Set Sights Higher

Juan de Dios Usuga, alias “Giovanni,” has seen all sides of Colombia's conflict, as guerrilla, paramilitary, and now head of one of the country's most powerful...
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Cancun Drug Conference Opens, Chilean Activist Denies Aiding FARC

Speaking at the 28th International Drug Enforcement Conference in Cancun, Mexican National Security Council representative Alejandro Poire said that the economic...
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Video – UN: Human Trafficking in Haiti Worse Since Quake

The United Nations mission in Haiti told Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a memo that it had seen a rise in child trafficking in Haiti since last year's devastating...
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InSight Map: Landmines, Favored Tactic of the FARC

Colombia is the nation second most affected by landmines, just after Afghanistan. Mines are a low-cost, high-impact weapon that have become vital for the offensive...
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Organized Crime Killings Soar in Jalisco

Killings linked to organized crime have nearly tripled in Jalisco, from 67 in the first quarter of 2010 to 181 in the same period this year, according to federal...
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‘Acapulco Cartel’ Sets Fire to Market, Engages Military

After a group of unidentified gunmen faced off with Mexican security forces in an Acapulco street market, InSight takes a closer look at a little-known but steadily...
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Bloggings by Boz: Traffickers as Terrorists

Houston Chronicle: In a potentially sweeping and politically charged escalation of the U.S. offensive against Mexican drug cartels, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin,...
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Southern Pulse: The Four Corner Stones of Mexico’s Criminal System

Between March 2011 and the last day of President Calderon’s mandate in 2012, Mexico’s narco-underworld will evolve at a fast pace as Calderon’s strategy forces...
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Video – Venezuelan Drug Tycoon Claims Links to Chavez Government

As it becomes more and more likely that Colombia will extradite drug kingpin Walid Makled to Venezuela instead of the U.S., Makled has stepped up his accusations of...
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International Assessment and Strategy Center: Ecuador at Risk – Drugs, Thugs, Guerrillas, and the Citizens’ Revolution

The report, published January 2010, is by Douglas Farah and Glenn R. Simpson, senior fellows at the International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC). It looks at...
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The Politics Behind Mexico Attorney General’s Resignation

Mexico's Attorney General Arturo Chavez stepped down this week after just a year and a half in office. Most media reports cite his poor performance as the reason...
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Report Refocuses the ‘Fast and Furious’ Debate

The latest headlines about gun running from the United States south to Mexico may involve the resignation of Mexico’s attorney general on 31 March, but at the...