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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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The Jaguar King Who Founded Honduras’ Little French Key Zoo

Zimba the jaguar should not have been there. The biologist recognized it as the same jaguar she had ordered to be confiscated a year earlier during her first...
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From Predators to Partners: How Gangs are Taking San Salvador

This is the second part of a three-part series on San Salvador’s Historic Center, the heart of the country’s informal urban markets and a long-time bastion of...
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How El Salvador President Bukele Deals with Gangs

It was late 2016 and officials in San Salvador were preparing for the grand opening of a sparkling new market in the city’s Historic...
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Suriname’s Jaguar Trade: From Poaching to Paste

The jaguar’s head slumps over the back of an all-terrain vehicle. A lifeless paw outstretched above a large muddied tire provides a glimpse of its former mass and...
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Peru’s Patrones and Their Patrons

Nearly eight months after the wiretaps were installed, the conversations on the phones suddenly changed. The talk of logging, laundering and shipping illegal wood...
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How Drug Cartels Moved into Illegal Logging in Mexico

Chihuahua is Mexico’s biggest state, and more than a fifth of its 25,000 hectares is forested, mostly with pine trees of the type that are harvested in vast...
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The Logging Barons of Catacamas, Honduras

Catacamas is the largest municipality in Central America, home to thousands of square kilometers of pristine forest. Political elites in this remote part of...
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How Colombia Regulators Became Purveyors of Illegal Wood

In Santander, Colombia, timber traders corrupted regulatory, police and judicial systems on their way to trafficking untold amounts of wood from the...
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Deaths Inside Venezuelan Prisons Doubled During Pandemic

Inmate deaths have doubled in Venezuela's jails during the coronavirus pandemic, a crisis that underscores how the country's anarchic prisons foment violence and...
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Criminal Governance Under Coronavirus: How Colombian Groups Seized the Day

The coronavirus pandemic sparked a shift in Colombia as criminal actors the nation over sought to profit from the sudden change in conditions, the refocusing of...
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Venezuela Indigenous Communities at Risk From ELN Mining Incursions

Recent incursions by the ELN to set up illegal mining facilities along the Caura River in central Venezuela are being seen as a threat by local Indigenous...