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Guatemalan Mayoral Candidate Killed

A candidate for the mayoralty of a suburb of Guatemala City was murdered on Thursday, making him the second candidate for the position to be gunned down in recent...
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Popular Guatemala Mayor’s Ties to ‘Narco Family’

A profile from the Guatemalan online news site Plaza Publica of a flamboyant former mayor from north Guatemala, who slashed poverty and protected the environment...
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Barrio 18

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18," is one of the largest youth gangs in the Western Hemisphere. Like its better known rival, the Mara Salvatrucha...
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Barrio 18

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18," is one of the largest youth gangs in the Western Hemisphere. Like its better known rival, the Mara Salvatrucha...
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MS13

The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western Hemisphere. While it has its origins in the poor, refugee-laden...
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Guatemala to Extend State of Siege

Guatemala has decided to prolong the state of siege in the northern province of Peten by 30 days. The measure was imposed following a massacre by the Zetas drug...
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Video Shows ‘Zetas’ Beheading Guatemala Official

Graphic footage showing the decapitation of a Guatemalan prosecutor, whose body was found in May, has been discovered on the cell phone of an alleged Zetas gang...
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Drug Legalization: A Step Closer, But Still a Long Shot

A recent report on drug policy, backed by high-profile political figures, argues for a move away from the “zero tolerance” approach. However, it fails to offer...
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Exploring Guns Equals Homicides Debate in Central America

The arms trafficking industry is generally thought to be a significant contributor to drug violence in Central America. But do the region’s “rivers of steel”...