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Arrest of Colonel With MS13 Ties Reveals Sophisticated Gang Tactics

The recent arrest of a Guatemalan army colonel for allegedly laundering money for the MS13 shows gangs are growing more sophisticated in their operations and ties...
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Weekly InSight: The Story Behind the Finalists for Attorney General in Guatemala

In our April 19 Facebook Live session, Investigator Felipe Puerta and Managing Editor Josefina Salomón discussed the selection process for Guatemala’s attorney...
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A New Inquiry, A Mea Culpa and Another Possible Crisis in Guatemala

In an extraordinary admission of wrongdoing that could upend a process to select the new attorney general, Guatemala’s most powerful elites issued a statement...
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Guatemala Attorney General Nominations Threaten Anti-Graft Efforts

A controversial commission has selected the final candidates for Guatemala's next attorney general, illustrating how criminal elites may have manipulated the...
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Leaders Beset by Graft Scandals to Talk Corruption at Regional Summit

The 2018 Summit of the Americas will likely see many uncomfortable conversions between nervous politicians -- and perhaps a heavy dose of hypocrisy -- thanks to the...
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Weekly InSight: Investigation on Guatemala Attorney General Selection

In our April 5 Facebook Live session, Project Manager Héctor Silva Ávalos and Spanish Editor Ronna Rísquez discussed InSight Crime’s latest investigation into...
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Brazil Ex-President to Be Jailed After Losing Another Judicial Battle

Brazil's highest court has rejected a petition by former President Luis Inácio “Lula” da Silva seeking to stay out of jail as he continues his fight against a...
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How Ríos Montt Won the War in Guatemala

Former Guatemala dictator and legislator Efraín Ríos Montt is dead, but he left behind a blueprint for how to undermine democracy and create powerful, lasting...
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University Deans and Guatemala’s Convoluted Road to a New Attorney General

Guatemala is on the verge of electing a new attorney general. The first filter in the selection process is the postulation commission, made up primarily of the...
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Weekly InSight: Latin America’s Odebrecht Scandal Just Keeps Growing

In our March 29 Facebook Live session, Managing Editor Josefina Salomón and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed recent developments in a seemingly never-ending...
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Mexico Secures Rare Conviction for Journalist’s Murder

Two former police officers in Mexico’s most dangerous state for journalists have been convicted of murdering a newspaper owner, a rare sentence in a country where...
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Venezuela President Traded Contracts for Campaign Cash From Odebrecht

New evidence suggests Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro gave multimillion-dollar public contracts to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in exchange for...