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7 Reasons for Describing Venezuela as a ‘Mafia State’

There is no universally accepted definition of what constitutes a "mafia state." Here are seven arguments as to why we think Venezuela qualifies and what the...
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Brazil Police, Politician Tied to High-Profile Rio Activist’s Murder

New witness testimony suggests the high-profile assassination of a city councilwoman and her driver in Brazil was a coordinated plot among military police, militia...
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Argentina Drug Investigation Inches Closer to Governing Party Mayor

A series of police raids in a strategically located town in Argentina seeking evidence of ties between drug traffickers and officials from the governing party shows...
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New Arrests Expand Brazil’s Already Massive Anti-Corruption Drive

A new wave of arrests is continuing to expand the scope of Brazil’s wide-reaching anti-corruption probes, but the growing number of cases will likely move slowly...
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US Senator Injects Uncertainty Into Guatemala Anti-Corruption Fight

In a move that could imperil anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala, US Senator Marco Rubio said he has halted funding for the United Nations-backed...
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A New Guatemala Attorney General Brings New Concerns

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales has chosen a new attorney general who is widely expected to discontinue her predecessor’s forceful anti-corruption drive, a...
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US Arrests Honduras Elite for Allegedly Laundering Corruption Proceeds

The US arrest of a man with family ties to one of Honduras’ largest government institutions is a clear sign of the limits to Washington’s leniency with its...
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Guatemala President’s New Attack on Anti-Graft Body Hits Obstacles

The death of a key ally, an uncertain future for his political party and abuses by his interior minister could foil a desperate attempt by Guatemala President Jimmy...
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Guatemala Attorney General Candidate Says Selection Process Is Flawed

Former judge Claudia Escobar was one of 29 candidates for attorney general in Guatemala, but despite -- or because of -- her promise to continue investigating...
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US Congressional Hearing Is Latest Play Against CICIG in Guatemala

A dispute over the legitimacy of an independent anti-corruption body in Guatemala has landed in Washington, where a special Senate hearing examined the confusing...
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Anti-Corruption Fight at Stake in Honduras Attorney General Selection

The selection process for the new attorney general in Honduras is already causing concern among civil society organizations due to a shortfall of candidates and the...
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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...