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PDVSA Subsidiaries in Central America Slapped With Sanctions

The US Treasury Department extended economic sanctions imposed on PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-run oil company, to two of its subsidiaries in Central America,...
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The Top Three Security Challenges Facing El Salvador’s President-Elect Nayib Bukele

It is straight to business for El Salvador’s president-elect Nayib Bukele as he faces unparalleled expectations when it comes to tackling the country’s security...
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Major Odebrecht Corruption Cases and Investigations in 2019

Since beginning in Brazil with the “Operation Car Wash” (“Operação Lava Jato”) investigation in 2014, the Odebrecht corruption scandal has been headline...
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El Salvador Tycoon, ex-AG Accused of Heading Organized Crime Structure

A court in El Salvador has ruled that a corruption network run by a former attorney general and powerful businessman constituted an organized criminal structure,...
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New El Salvador President Will Face Old El Salvador Problem

A spike in police slayings have El Salvador's officers on edge as some called on social media for extrajudicial executions of suspected members of the street gangs,...
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The Collaborators in El Salvador: The Witness’s Girlfriend Goes Free

The use of protected witnesses by El Salvador’s Attorney General’s Office increased by 15 times in the last 11 years. The case of a young woman accused by her...
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How Would El Salvador’s Presidential Candidates Tackle Organized Crime?

The citizens of El Salvador are set to elect a new president on February 3 amid an uptick in deadly violence in January, which has thrust the country’s security...
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Political Mafias Helped Empower Gangs, says El Salvador Security Expert

The homicide rate in El Salvador has spiked after authorities in the Central American nation saw a substantial reduction in homicides in 2018, raising important...
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InSight Crime’s 2018 Homicide Round-Up

With a worsening crisis in Venezuela, dark days in Nicaragua, an ever more fragile peace process in Colombia, new governments and new ideas in Brazil, Mexico and...