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Colombia and Venezuela: Criminal Siamese Twins   

Colombia and Venezuela have shared criminal dynamics for decades. Colombia has pushed cocaine through Venezuela on its journey to US and European markets,...
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The Devolution of State Power: ‘The Pranes’

In May 2011, a 26-year-old prison gang leader held 4,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces, backed by tanks and helicopters, at bay for weeks. Humiliated...
Photo: Carlos Ramírez
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The Devolution of State Power: The ‘Colectivos’

They are known by supporters as “knights of steel” on their motorcycles, and as the most ardent defenders of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution. Yet now they...
Photo: Fernando Llano 
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Drug Trafficking Within the Venezuelan Regime: The ‘Cartel of the Suns’

In Latin America, criminal entrepreneurs in the form of cartels, have traditionally run drug trafficking. In Venezuela, it is managed from within government,...
Credit: Seth Wenig/AP
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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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University Deans and Guatemala’s Convoluted Road to a New Attorney General

Guatemala is on the verge of electing a new attorney general. The first filter in the selection process is the postulation commission, made up primarily of the...
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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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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...
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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InSide Colombia’s BACRIM

Emerging from the ashes of Colombia’s bloody paramilitary counter-insurgency in the mid-2000s came a new type of criminal network Colombia's authorities...
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Counting Firearms in Honduras

Estimates vary widely as to how many legal and illegal weapons are circulating in...
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Trafficking Firearms Into Honduras

Honduras does not produce weapons, but weapons are trafficked into the country in numerous...