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Venezuela Mega-Gang Shatters ‘Pax Mafiosa’ by Murdering Rivals

A dangerous mega-gang of Venezuela has massacred the members of another alleged criminal group in retaliation for the murder of two soldiers. The application of...
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Peru’s Crusade Against Corruption Faces Severe Uphill Struggle

With four former presidents embroiled in corruption scandals, Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra described 2019 as the year of the fight against corruption and...
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Corruption Probe Catches Up With Former Honduras President Porfirio Lobo

The latest in a series of investigations involving former Honduras President Porfirio Lobo, his family and associates for corruption and drug trafficking pits the...
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El Salvador Tycoon, ex-AG Accused of Heading Organized Crime Structure

A court in El Salvador has ruled that a corruption network run by a former attorney general and powerful businessman constituted an organized criminal structure,...
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Hezbollah’s Backing of Maduro May Shine Light on Links With Venezuela

Hezbollah's explicit support for Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro could be the first step in confirming links between the South American nation’s...
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Venezuela Soldiers Mutiny, Lambast Corrupt Military Leadership

An uprising of soldiers against the government of Nicolás Maduro has raised questions about corruption inside the armed forces and links between the military’s...
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GameChangers 2018: 5 Reasons LatAm Organized Crime Will Strengthen in 2019

It is hard to be optimistic for 2019. The current trends all point to a strengthening of organized crime throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, as 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...
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Guatemala President Causes Constitutional Crisis to Oust CICIG

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales has pushed his country to the brink of a constitutional crisis in his eagerness to rid himself of the anti-corruption commission...
Photo de President Jimmy Morales
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GameChangers 2018: Threatened by Inquiries, Central American Elites Strike Back

As 2018 came to a close, two things became clear: the once impenetrable armor against corruption that the United States and other international donors provided in...
InSight Crime's 2018 Criminal GameChangers
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GameChangers 2018: The Year Crime Became an Ideology

Welcome to InSight Crime’s Criminal GameChangers 2018, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the...
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The Corrupt Alliance of Two Former Presidents in El Salvador

Two former presidents of El Salvador formed a political alliance to carry out clandestine operations that attacked opponents with classified intelligence...