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President Jimmy Morales’ (and Guatemala’s) ‘Original Sin’

It was just five months after he’d been sworn in as president of Guatemala that Jimmy Morales was in trouble. The date was May 5, 2016, and an auditor appointed...
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Multi-Country Effort Sinks International Drug Trafficking Network

A joint operation between four Latin American countries dismantled a drug trafficking organization, demonstrating the success of regional cooperation policies in...
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Guatemala Gang ‘Copycats’ Terrorize, Extort

The repeated appearance of “copycats” in Guatemala shows how criminals are taking advantage of the country’s widespread extortion and its near primal fear of...
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InSight Crime Podcast: The ‘Car Thief’

In our podcast this week, we return to Guatemala for the second of three stories on illicit campaign financing in that country to discuss Juan Carlos Monzón, the...
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Guatemala Politics and the Patriotic Party’s Theory of ‘Eternal Return’

Juan Carlos Monzón was in South Korea when his boss, Guatemala’s Vice President Roxana Baldetti, received the call that would change their two trajectories –...
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New Guatemala AG Puts Jimmy Morales in Her Crosshairs

Guatemala Attorney General Consuelo Porras’ has requested that the country’s legislature initiate a preliminary hearing against President Jimmy Morales for...
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InSight Crime’s Person of Interest Podcast: Guatemala’s Political Fixer

In our inaugural podcast, we look at Guatemala's putrid campaign finance system through the story of Obdulio Solórzano, a political fixer for the UNE party who...
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The Zetas, Drug Money and the Colom Campaign in Guatemala

In the first of three articles concerning illicit political contributions in Guatemala, we look at the 2007 presidential campaign of Álvaro Colom. Colom, the...
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Illicit Campaign Financing in Guatemala

This three-part investigative series looks at how the last three winners of the presidency in Guatemala financed their campaigns using hidden funds from...