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Graffiti Death Threats – Venezuela’s New Tool of Fear

The recent appearance of threatening graffiti targeting political, social and student leaders in Venezuela is a previously unknown tactic in the country, although...
Foto: Alex Cruz/El Periódico de Guatemala
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Kamilo Rivera and the Ghosts of Guatemala’s Death Squads

Kamilo Rivera was a cop, an executioner and government minister. He is now on the run. Kamilo Rivera arrived shortly before 6 a.m. at his office in the colonial...
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A Death Foretold: Colombia’s Crop Substitution Program

The government’s failure to comply with the coca crops substitution program in Colombia has left the future of almost 100,000 families in limbo and sets up a...
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Mexico City Sounds Alarm on Potential Transformation of Its Gangs

Authorities in Mexico have identified seven gangs that are posing major security threats in the country’s capital, although their status and potential impact on...
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Glyphosate Alone Won’t Fix Colombia’s Complex Coca Woes

Colombia’s Constitutional Court is debating lifting a judicial ban on the spraying of glyphosate during the controversial aerial fumigation of illicit coca crops,...
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Major Odebrecht Corruption Cases and Investigations in 2019

Since beginning in Brazil with the “Operation Car Wash” (“Operação Lava Jato”) investigation in 2014, the Odebrecht corruption scandal has been headline...
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InSight Crime’s 2018 Homicide Round-Up

With a worsening crisis in Venezuela, dark days in Nicaragua, an ever more fragile peace process in Colombia, new governments and new ideas in Brazil, Mexico and...
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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...
Dissident FARC Commander alias Euclides Mora was killed by the Colombian military
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Colombia Military Kills Dissident FARC Commander as Peace Implementation Falters

Dissidents of Colombia's FARC guerrilla group have suffered their most significant blow to date in a military operation that lead to the death of a guerrilla...
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LatAm Presidents and the Law: Is Era of Impunity Nearing Its End?

From kidnapping and mass murder to money laundering and misuse of public funds, contemporary Latin American leaders have been investigated for a broad range of...
Police in Mexico City
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Report Maps Mexico City’s Organized Crime Landscape

A report mapping cartel presence in and around Mexico City as well as new details on the sophistication of the Tláhuac Cartel, which has been behind recent civil...
The ELN is conducting peace talks with the Colombian government
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Despite Peace Talks, Colombia’s ELN Guerrillas Continue Expansion

When Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, officially becomes a political party, their cousins in the ELN will assume the status of Colombia's most powerful...