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Massively Overpriced Contracts Hamper Honduras’ Pandemic Response

An audit of a Honduran agency charged with procuring emergency medical supplies to fight the coronavirus has found tens of millions of dollars wasted -- an...
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New Revelations Confirm Impunity for Colorado Party Members in Paraguay

A list of assets belonging to officials in Paraguay has drawn attention to the wealth of a handful of high-profile politicians, who have...
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Corruption, Cocaine and Gold – The Trials Facing Suriname’s New President

With the election of a new president, Suriname can finally try to put the tainted and violent legacy of Desi Bouterse behind it. But Chan Santokhi has a tough task...
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Libyan Militia Leader Ideal Client for Venezuela’s Gold-for-Dollars Deals

A Libyan militia leader allegedly trading US dollars for Venezuelan gold adds to mounting evidence that President Nicolás Maduro now welcomes all buyers in his...
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Paraguay Bungling Chance to Root Out Corruption in Customs

Last year, the arrest of top customs officials in Paraguay revealed a sprawling corruption network that allowed smugglers to operate with near-complete impunity. As...
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Environmental Fines Become Flashpoint for Brazil’s Deforestation Crisis

The abandonment of environmental fines for illegal deforestation in Brazil is leading to a political scandal, with a cabinet minister potentially being removed from...
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Attack on Top Court Threatens Constitutional Crisis in Guatemala

Guatemalan congressmen and political operators -- two of whom face criminal charges -- are reportedly undermining the country's top court, prompting a US senator to...
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Two Former Panama Presidents Indicted for Corruption and Money Laundering

The indictment of two former Panama presidents may mark a watershed development for the Central American nation's fight against corruption after years of...
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New Index Finds Corruption Worsening Across Latin America

An index looking at the ability of Latin American countries to combat corruption has highlighted that signs of progress are still few and far between, and the...
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Honduras’ New Criminal Code Will Help Impunity Prosper

The Honduran congress has passed a new criminal code which, among other controversial elements, lowers sentences for cases of corruption and drug trafficking. This...
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Attempt to Kill Mexico City’s Top Cop Puts Jalisco Cartel in Crossfire

The ambush of Mexico City's police chief by heavily armed gunmen has been described by authorities as a failed assassination attempt by the powerful Jalisco Cartel,...
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The Professor and the Fixer: How a Colombian Middleman Got a Crime Specialist to Launder Money

While a guilty plea for money laundering by a decorated University of Miami professor continues to send shockwaves through the academic, law enforcement and crime...