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Bolivia Coca Growers Fight for Control of Legal Production

Violent tensions are flaring in Bolivia's capital between hostile factions of one of the country's coca growers’ unions, escalating a long-simmering conflict for...
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A Green Gold Rush: Potent Marijuana Big Business For Colombia Traffickers

While Colombia is known for its vast coca fields, the hillsides of its Cauca region are covered in another illicit crop: highly potent...
Urabeños paramilitaries and ELN guerrillas clash in Chocó
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Bitter Fight for Former FARC Areas Drives Surge in Colombia Homicides

Colombia’s homicide rate has risen for the first time in a decade, reflecting renewed conflicts between criminal groups in strategic areas of the country,...
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Migrants Easy Prey Under US ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program

A new set of migrant protocols implemented in the United States is requiring asylum seekers to wait out their court proceedings in various border towns in Mexico,...
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What Are Guatemala Presidential Candidates Planning on Security?

Guatemala will head to the polls on June 16 to elect a new president, a decision that is sure to have profound implications for the nation’s domestic security and...
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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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Will New Arrest Warrant Hamstring Colombia Peace Process?

The Colombian government has issued an arrest warrant for one of the FARC’s most militant commanders, which may result in him being expelled from the...
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Gang Presence in Guatemala City

Extortion in Guatemala City is rife, and it is mainly carried out by street gangs and copycat groups. Shops, large businesses, and the public transport sector have...
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Gang Presence in San Pedro Sula

San Pedro Sula is Honduras’s second most populous urban center, and also deals with many of the same problems as the capital, Tegucigalpa, when it comes to street...
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Gang Presence in Tegucigalpa

Extortion in Honduras is both systematic and violent. The country is believed to pay out about $200 million yearly in extortion. Tegucigalpa, the country’s...
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Extortion Explainer 1: Evolution of Extortion in the Northern Triangle

The Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are now home to some of the most sophisticated extortion schemes in Latin America. The birth...