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Book Reveals the Business of Colombia’s Paramilitaries

A Colombian think tank has published a book about the business networks used by paramilitary group the AUC, showing how the militia managed to gain funds and...
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3 Years on, Colombia Lacks Answers from Extradited Paramilitaries

To mark the third anniversary of the extradition of 14 of Colombia's former top paramilitary commanders to the U.S., Verdad Abierta has released a report which asks...
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Medellin’s Turbulent Comuna 13

Comuna 13 is the most violent neighborhood in the embattled city of Medellin. And with the powerful Urabeños criminal gang edging in on territory long controlled...
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FARC Computers Shine Spotlight on Chavez Militias

Reheated reports that Colombia's biggest guerrilla group the FARC trained pro-Chavez militia groups in Venezuela, while not new, are a reminder of the proliferation...
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Medellin Mafia Commander Arrested, Rumors Swirl

The mayor of Medellin reported that the leader of the city mafia had been arrested on an island off the coast of Venezuela. The rumors were false, but could...
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Colombia Police Find FARC Propaganda T-shirts

Police in the south Colombia department of Nariño seized more than 280 shirts and 230 scarves in camouflage print, featuring images of deceased FARC leaders...
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Fuel Theft in Latin America: A Fail-Safe Trade?

Oil and gas theft in Latin America is a low-risk, high-profit enterprise for gangs looking to diversify their criminal portfolios. But as organized crime...
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Colombia Extradites Makled to Venezuela

Colombia has extradited drug kingpin Walid Makled to face trial in his native country...
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Ex-Hostage Claims FARC Suffering HIV Epidemic

A Colombian Army sargent who was held for nearly 12 years as a FARC hostage releases a book in which he claims that many rebels have contracted HIV, and that alias...