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The Zetas’ Biggest Rival: Social Networks

The Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo has seen three brutal killings in an apparent campaign by the Zetas against social media websites -- but what is it about...
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US Cocaine Prices and Imported Violence

The jump in killings in Mexico since 2006 coincided with a rise in cocaine prices in the U.S. -- analyst Alejandro Hope outlines how the price increase could have...
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Ending the Zetas Killing Spree: An Invisible Success Story

A troop surge has bought relative peace to a small north Mexican town which has seen hundreds of Zetas victims dug up from mass graves, though this triumph has not...
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Unravelling Mysteries of Mexico’s San Fernando Massacre

A year after the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando, north Mexico, journalist Gary Moore visited the town and unpicked some of the mysteries and incongruities...
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How Extortion Rates Vary Across Mexico

The mass killing at a Monterrey casino, thought to be linked to a protection racket, draws attention to the growth in Mexico's extortion rates, which have more than...
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Guatemala Elections: Mapping the Threat from Organized Crime

Criminal gangs, notably the Zetas, threaten to disrupt Guatemala's upcoming elections. InSight Crime measured the risk across different regions of the country for a...
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Uptick in Mexico ‘Confrontation’ Deaths Strikes Disturbing Pattern

A troubling new trend is surfacing in Mexico's fight against organized crime: deaths in confrontations between Mexican military personnel and suspected criminals...
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Trinidad and Tobago Declares Drug War Emergency

The Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, less than 10 miles from the coast from Venezuela, declared a temporary "state of emergency" in light of concerns over...
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El Salvador Seizes 1,000 Illegal Weapons in East Region

El Salvador's police reported that they had seized some 1,010 illegal firearms in the eastern part of the country in the first eight months of...
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Why the US Doesn’t Have Mexico-Style Drug Cartels… Yet

Why are there no large drug cartels in the U.S.? The short answer is because it has lots of small ones. A longer answer might be that there are large drug cartels:...
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Honduran Weapons for Colombian Cocaine: The Paramilitary Trafficking Routes

A court case involving one of Colombia's most powerful drug traffickers sheds light on how cocaine flowed to Central America in exchange for arms in the heyday of...
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The New Reality of the FARC

A Colombian think-tank argues that guerrilla group the FARC have retaken the initiative in key areas of the country, and that the security forces have thus far...