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Mexican Businesses Forced to Pay Up or Play Along with Criminal Groups

While larger businesses can escape unscathed, small businesses in Mexico often have no other option in the extortion economy but to pay up, or get involved in...
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Gangs of Ex-Police Emerge in Colombia

Ex-police in two of the most troubled Colombian provinces have allegedly moved up the criminal ladder, shifting from tacitly supporting criminal groups to becoming...
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Brazil Authorities Bust Prison Officials Suspected of Extortion Ring

Authorities in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state have issued arrest warrants for nine people in connection with an extortion ring that demanded bribes from those...
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Rio’s Police Face Reality Check in Un-Pacified Favela

Brazil's elite military police are trying to build ties with communities and undo the harm done by officers who allegedly abused residents in Complexo da Mare, a...
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Mexico Magazine on Casino Corruption Mysteriously Disappears from Newsstands

Proceso magazine reports that its latest edition, which features a cover article on the “sinister history” of a casino magnate and his ties to officials, has been...
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Departure of Honduras Security Minister a Victory for Corrupt Cops

With the departure of Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez, an outspoken foe of police corruption, the country is facing an uphill battle as it grapples with...
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How Extortion Rates Vary Across Mexico

The mass killing at a Monterrey casino, thought to be linked to a protection racket, draws attention to the growth in Mexico's extortion rates, which have more than...
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The Trail of Corruption Behind Mexico Casino Attack

As the Mexican city of Monterrey struggles to recover from the effects of an arson attack on a casino which killed 52 people, corrupt local governance is again...
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WikiLeaks Sheds Light on Criminal Ties to Monterrey Casinos

A diplomatic cable released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks offer further evidence of the climate of corruption that exists around the Monterrey gambling...
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FARC Step Up Extortion; Multinationals Targeted

The recent arrest of the FARC's alleged "extortion mastermind" shows that the guerrillas are intent on expanding a revenue stream which will make Colombia's...
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Mexican Gangs: Not Monsters, but Rational Actors

Though notorious for their brutality, Mexico’s organized criminal groups are rational actors who respond to market dynamics. If they are not forced into a showdown...
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Mexico Casino Arson Suspects ‘Did not Plan Massacre’

Mexican authorities paraded five men accused of the Monterrey casino arson attack, who allegedly told investigators that they had not intended to kill so many...