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Why Have Political Assassinations More Than Doubled in Brazil?

Political assassinations have marred successive Brazilian elections but the pace of these killings has more than doubled in 2020, with the power of militia groups...
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Los Monos Defending Their Territory in Rosario, Argentina

The wave of violence tearing through the city of Rosario, in Argentina, has authorities on the alert. All indications point to disputes between criminal groups,...
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Mexico Facing Predictable Bloody Fallout After El Marro’s Arrest

Months after the arrest of one of Mexico's most wanted criminals, violence continues to spiral out of control in the country's deadliest state, as the bloody...
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Enemies to Allies – How Venezuela Decides Which Criminal Groups Thrive

The Venezuelan government and security forces have spent the last few months building up a criminal known as Santanita and his gang as one of their major targets,...
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Indigenous Leaders Slain in Peru Amid Pandemic

Four Indigenous leaders in Peru's Amazon have been murdered since the government declared a state of emergency over COVID-19, revealing how their opposition to...
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US Hemorrhaging Weapons to Mexico, One at a Time

A recent UN report shows that traffickers move weapons from the United States to Mexico in small quantities, even a single firearm at once, in a divergence from...
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Homicide Drop in El Salvador: Presidential Triumph or Gang Trend?

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has credited his crime-fighting plan for a 60 percent drop in homicides this year. But the country’s violent street gangs...
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Three Massacres Expose Weakness of Mexico’s ‘Catch-all’ Security Policy

Recent massacres in three different regions of Mexico have shown the importance of analyzing local power structures to understand the causes of...
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Map Links Mexico’s Femicide Crisis, Organized Crime

Mexico's longstanding femicide crisis has only worsened during the coronavirus lockdown, with the government coming in for severe criticism for its handling of...
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Why One of Mexico’s Smallest States Is Also Its Most Violent

A series of assassinations of high-profile public figures in Colima marks the latest manifestation of violence in one of Mexico’s smallest yet deadliest state...
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Rift in Bagdad Crime Syndicate Fueling Violence in Panama

Homicides in western Panama have surged in a cycle of revenge killings, as one of the country's largest gangs struggles to maintain power and control over...
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Sinaloa Hitman’s Killing in Mexico Hints at Cartel Power Play

The execution of a top Sinaloa Cartel enforcer who was recently in US custody and fled to Mexico raises the question: Who benefited from his...