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Ecuador to Debate Decriminalization

Proposed changes to Ecuador's penal code would decriminalize possession of drugs for personal use, including up to 10 grams of marijuana and hashish, four grams of...
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The Perils of Involving the Military in Citizen Security

Faced with surging crime and corrupt police forces, many Latin American governments are turning to their militaries to combat citizen insecurity, but the peacetime...
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Ecuador Weighs Creation of Specialized Court for Organized Crime, Terrorism

Ecuadorian officials have discussed imitating Spain’s model and creating a specialized court and prosecutors to tackle organized crime and terrorism, as part of...
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Colombia Cartel Laundered European Profits Through Ecuador

Colombia's Norte del Valle drug cartel has been laundering money through a network in Ecuador, according to the Ecuadorian...
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Africa-Bound Cocaine Seized in Ecuador

Police in Ecuador announced the seizure of 400 kilograms of cocaine bound for West...
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Tanks Roam Streets of Ecuador Island in Security Sweep

A crime sweep carried out by the Ecuadorean military in a coastal town is the latest sign of the military assuming duties more typically handled by the...
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Ecuador the ‘UN of Crime’ and Venezuela the ‘Refuge of Terrorism’?

The arrest of a suspected member of the Russian mafia in Ecuador has prompted a U.S. official to describe it as the "United Nations" of organized crime, while...
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Center for International Media Assistance: Confronting the News – The State of Independent Media in Latin America

A report by the Center for International Media Assistance and the National Endowment for Democracy on the state of independent media in Latin America. Conducted via...
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Ecuador: Another Record Year for Cocaine Seizures?

Recent massive cocaine seizures in Ecuador are an indication of the country's increased importance as a trans-shipment hub for drug...