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Guatemalans (and a Gringo) Talk ‘State of Siege’

After the Guatemalan government extended its "State of Siege" in the province of Alta Verapaz, where Mexican drug cartels like the Zetas are allegedly based, a...
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Citing Zetas Drug Gang, Guatemalan Interior Minister Calls for More US Assistance

Citing recent clashes between Guatemalan security forces and the Zetas drug trafficking organization, Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Menocal called on the US...
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US to Grant Some Merida Initiative Funds Ahead of Schedule

Under the framework of the Merida Initiative, the US will give $333 million in aid and equipment to Mexico before the end of 2010, said US Assistant Secretary of...
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Guatemala’s President says Business Proposal for Emergency Measures “Positive”

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom said a private business group's proposed "states of emergency" in violent and crime-ridden regions of the country was "positive,"...
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Crime Wars: Gangs, Cartels and US National Security

In this controversial study by Bob Killebrew and Jennifer Bernal, published in September 2010, the Center for a New American Security attaches the sticky yet not...
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WOLA Condemns Mexican Military in Report

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) published a new report yesterday about human rights violations by the military in Juarez and Chihuahua City, Mexico....
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Mexico Sets Table for Police Reforms

The New York Times published a piece Friday on the push to reform Mexico's security...
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Counter-Arms Trafficking Measures Yield Mixed Results

Lack of inter-agency cooperation is hindering efforts to stem arms trafficking at the U.S-Mexico border, says a 2009 draft report issued by the Justice...
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10 Official Versions of the Capture of ‘Barbie’

Mexico's newspaper La Crónica says there are ten versions of how the drug trafficker and hitman Edgar Valdez Villareal, alias La Barbie, was captured in late...
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Mexican Military Kills 25 Suspected ‘Zetas’

The Mexican military announced it had killed 25 suspected members of the Zetas criminal organization in the municipality of Treviño, Tamaulipas, while they rescued...
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Merida Initiative

The "Mérida Initiative" is a multi-billion dollar effort by the United States government to assist Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean in their fight against...