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GameChangers 2019: As Venezuela Sinks, Maduro’s Criminal Ties Keep Him Afloat

Venezuela remained mired in crisis throughout 2019, yet Nicolás Maduro actually consolidated his regime. How did he do...
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Venezuela Reports Show FAES Police Unit Targeting Key Megabandas

A slew of media reports from Venezuela appear to show an elite police unit, blamed for numerous extrajudicial executions, going after two of the country's powerful...
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Graffiti Death Threats – Venezuela’s New Tool of Fear

The recent appearance of threatening graffiti targeting political, social and student leaders in Venezuela is a previously unknown tactic in the country, although...
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Neutralizing Criminal Groups Key in Guaidó Security Plan for Venezuela

The opposition leader and president of Venezuela’s National Assembly has launched his new security plan for a potential transition government, announcing a series...
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Op-Ed: The ELN as a Colombo-Venezuelan Rebel Army

The ELN, Colombia’s last rebel army, has engaged in exponential growth over the last four years, both in Colombia and within Venezuela, and may now be described...
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Maduro Relies on ‘Colectivos’ to Stand Firm in Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro’s recent call for armed civilian groups to "resist and stand firm" amid Venezuela's ever-worsening social crisis, confirms his reliance...
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The Armed Groups Propping Up Venezuela’s Government

Reports from Venezuela are shocking the world with images of “colectivos,” police and military using excessive force -- even opening fire -- on unarmed...
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Op-Ed: Venezuela – Latin America’s Iraq?

Is it just me or does Nicolas Maduro look a lot like Saddam Hussein? After US intervention in Iraq, we saw a nation that descended into civil war, mass displacement...
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Guerrilla-Trained ‘Colectivo’ Threatens Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela

A new pro-government Venezuelan militia or “colectivo" allegedly trained by Colombian rebels may have posted itself alongside security forces on the...
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Venezuela Criminal Structures Bolster Maduro in Second Term

The swearing in of Nicolás Maduro for a second presidential term demonstrates just how deeply entrenched organized crime structures are in Venezuela’s...
Criminal groups called colectivos are operating in Venezuela’s main mining state
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Armed Groups Spread Crime and Chaos in Venezuela Mining Region

Three violent events in less than two weeks attributed to pro-government criminal groups in Venezuela’s Bolívar state show how far they have expanded and...
Photo: Carlos Ramírez
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The Devolution of State Power: The ‘Colectivos’

They are known by supporters as “knights of steel” on their motorcycles, and as the most ardent defenders of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution. Yet now they...