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Colombia Praises Venezuela’s Efforts To Remove FARC

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos told Television Española that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Revolucionarias Armadas de Colombia -...
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Is the US Raising Stakes in Search for ‘El Chapo’?

Fugitive drug lord Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias “El Chapo,” is living in the Mexican state of Durango, a U.S. anti-drug official told the press, in what could be a...
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The Changing Face of Security Cooperation in the Andes

After Ecuador and the U.S. dismissed each others’ ambassadors last week, the future of diplomatic relations between the two countries looks bleak once again. This...
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FARC’s ‘Doctor’ Asserts Command in East Colombia

Colombian police claim to have arrested the FARC guerrilla responsible for finances and drug smuggling operations across the country’s Eastern Plains and into...
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Semi-Submersibles – Made in Venezuela

Semi-submersible drug trafficking vessels have been produced in clandestine shipyards in the northeast Venezuelan state of Delta Amacuro, reports El Nacional. The...
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Drug Money and Peru’s Elections

Organized crime has made its presence felt in the run-up to Peru’s presidential and congressional elections on Sunday, with a wave of allegations linking...
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InSight: Bad News Could Be Good News at Mexican Drug Summit

There was both optimism and pessimism at an anti-drug summit in Mexico. A U.S. official said rising violence is a sign that organized crime is getting weaker, while...
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FARC Turn to War of Militias

An article in Cali’s El Pais looks at how the FARC are increasingly using militia networks, rather than full-time regular guerrilla units, to launch attacks on the...
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InSight Map: Mexico’s ‘Narco-Graves’

As Mexican authorities raise the body count for a mass grave discovered last week in the northern state of Tamaulipas, InSight takes a look at the phenomenon of...
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How Much Is Guatemala Arming the Zetas?

Guatemala admits that its military has trained and even armed violent Mexican drug gangs like the Zetas. But just how far are Guatemala's criminal networks, born of...
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Jamaica Slashes Murder Rates, Human Rights Suffer

Jamaica announced that it has cut its murder rate almost by half, with 236 murders in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 426 in the same period last year. This...
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US War on Drugs Was… Wrong?

“We were wrong,” admitted William Brownfiled, according to La Jornada, in reference to the U.S. approach on the so-called "war on drugs." Brownfield, the...