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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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Weekly InSight: The Bloody Road to Mexico’s Election

In our May 10 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello and Managing Editor Josefina Salomón discussed the challenging environment in Mexico as...
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Mexico, Deadliest Place for Media, Advances Journalist’s Murder Case

On May 15, 2017, Javier Valdez Cárdenas was walking towards his car in his hometown of Culiacán in the Pacific state of Sinaloa when gunmen pulled up beside him,...
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Four Takeaways From Mexico’s Presidential Debate

Mexico's voters eager for practical solutions to tackle the country's record-high homicide rate and the increasingly complex criminal dynamics were left waiting in...
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Mexico Journalists Face Violence From Both Officials and Crime Groups: Report

Mexico continues to be one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, according to a new report that highlights how corrupt government officials as...
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Why Latin America Dominates Global Homicide Rankings

Year after year, Latin America and the Caribbean dominate global city and country homicide rankings. But what sets this corner of the world apart from the rest? And...
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Weekly InSight: Why Latin America Is the Most Violent Region on Earth

In our March 8 Facebook Live session, Co-Director Steven Dudley and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the factors that drive Latin America's persistently high...
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Expanding Mexico Violence Hits Previously Peaceful Baja California Sur

After years of flying beneath the organized crime radar, during the past 12 months the state of Baja California Sur in Mexico has fallen into a spiral of bloodshed...
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Mexico’s Next President Will Face Rising Criminal Violence. Here’s How to Tackle It.

Mexico enters the 2018 presidential campaign on the heels of the most violent year in its recent history. But notwithstanding the urgency of...
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Study: 2017 Was Deadliest Year in Mexico for Homicides Linked to Organized Crime

Organized crime-related homicides reached a record high in Mexico in 2017, according to a recent study which compares government statistics with documented...
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Militarization Continues as Mexico Records Most Homicidal Year on Record

Newly unveiled homicide statistics in Mexico confirm that 2017 was in fact the most homicidal year recorded in the country’s recent history, underscoring...
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InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up

Record highs, all-time lows, and a few surprises -- 2017 proved a remarkable year in terms of homicide levels for many a country across Latin America and the...