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In Honduras, the Law of the Jungle Abides

A zoo full of wild beasts founded by a murderous drug trafficker; a millionaire banker who finances a drug cartel and breeds crocodiles out of passion; and a...
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Weekly InSight: Security Outlook for Honduras Election Crisis

In our December 7 Facebook Live session, independent journalist Sarah Kinosian spoke with Senior Editor Mike LaSusa about the ongoing election crisis in...
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With Echoes of 2009, Honduras Again Approaches Chaos

Honduras has returned to the brink of chaos a week after a disputed presidential election in which a winner still has not been declared....
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El Salvador Ex-President’s Conviction Illustrates Rot in Government

The conviction of former El Salvador President Mauricio Funes leaves a bittersweet taste. While it shows the country’s growing power to proseucte powerful...
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Guatemala’s ‘Ghost’ Sentenced in US With Plea Deal That Could Spook Elites

One of Guatemala’s most notorious drug traffickers has been sentenced to more than two decades in a US prison. And his agreement to...
Former FIFA President Seth Blatter
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Latin America Media Giants Implicated in FIFA Corruption Scandal

Testimony in an ongoing trial in a US court has implicated two of Latin America's biggest media companies in the wide-ranging FIFA corruption scandal, highlighting...
Guatemala's Supreme Court
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Judicial Delay Tactics Gumming Up Guatemala Criminal Cases: Report

A new report details how defense attorneys in Guatemala are capitalizing on the slow pace of judicial proceedings to derail the progress of high-profile corruption...
Trials in the FIFA corruption scandal have kicked off
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US Trial Against LatAm Officials in FIFA Corruption Scandal Kicks Off

A much-anticipated trial involving alleged corruption by Latin American officials tied to the world's most powerful soccer institution kicked off this week in the...
Grafitti in El Salvador
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Weekly InSight: Special Investigation of Gangs and Municipal Power in Apopa, El Salvador

In our November 2 Facebook Live session, senior investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and senior editor Mike LaSusa spoke about InSight Crime's new investigation of...
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Symbiosis: Gangs and Municipal Power in Apopa, El Salvador

Stories such as that of the former mayor of the El Salvador municipality of Apopa, José Elías Hernández, or "Old Timer" as the gangs knew him, are increasingly...
El Salvador Police Chief Howard Cotto warns of gangs' infiltration of local politics
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El Salvador Police Chief Warns of Gang Infiltration in Municipal Elections

El Salvador Police Chief Howard Cotto warned that gangs plan to infiltrate local politics by involving themselves in municipal elections, echoing the findings of...
Murdered Honduran activist Berta Cáceres
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Berta Cáceres Murder Report Underscores Criminal Ties of Honduras Business, State

A new report has determined that a network of senior business executives and Honduran officials coordinated the murder of renowned environmental rights activist...