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Kidnappings in Venezuela’s Táchira Tell Different Tale than Government Data

Venezuela's northern border state of Táchira saw a jump in kidnappings during the first six months of 2019 -- a likely consequence of armed groups roaming the...
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Ex-FARC Mafia: Colombia’s Criminal Army Settling Down in Venezuela

The announcement in late August that three important former leaders of the demobilized FARC were returning to war did not only threaten the fragile Colombian peace...
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Major Implications of Former FARC Leadership Returning to War

In a video published on YouTube, a group of senior former FARC rebel leaders declared the intention to take up arms once again, reviving the FARC-EP and sounding...
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Venezuelan Megabanda Leader Reportedly Operating from Inside Colombia

The leader of a notorious Venezuelan gang is reportedly operating from Colombia, highlighting how criminal networks from the crisis-stricken state are expanding...
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Colombia’s Armed Groups Prey on Venezuela Migrants

A new report by Human Rights Watch on violence in the department of Norte de Santander, Colombia, shows how vulnerable Venezuelan migrants are to the criminal...
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US Targets Children of Venezuela President and First Lady

The United States has placed sanctions on the son and stepsons of Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro, adding to the piles of accusations that corruption within the...
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Venezuela Hides its Cocaine Behind Marijuana Seizures

Venezuela’s anti-narcotics agency reported that marijuana made up 80 percent of the country’s drug seizures in the first six months of 2019, contradicting...
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US Targets Álex Saab, Venezuela’s Million-Dollar Money Launderer

US prosecutors have accused a shadowy Colombian businessman and Venezuelan officials of running a multimillion-dollar graft scheme, underscoring how foreign...
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Have Cryptocurrencies Really Helped Venezuela Sidestep US Sanctions?

Venezuela is collecting airport taxes through an application that converts these funds into Bitcoin, demonstrating the country’s continuing use of...
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Suspicious Venezuela Shipwreck Reveals Drug Route to Dutch Caribbean

The sinking of a small boat heading from Venezuela to Curaçao and the disappearance of all the migrants aboard suggest that drug trafficking groups are also...
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The Criminal Ties of Maduro’s New Military Chiefs in Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro has announced changes to Venezuela’s highest military positions, in a series of appointments that reward longstanding loyalty but also...
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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Gang Muscling into Colombia Border Area

The arrest of members from a major Venezuelan gang, the Tren de Aragua, in the border state of Táchira reveals the expansion of this powerful group into what is...