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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...
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Venezuela Intelligence Chief Exposes Organized Crime Links in Maduro Govt

For the second time in six months, a former head of Venezuela’s military intelligence service has made major revelations about the links between President...
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Massacre on Colombia-Venezuela Border Reveals Rastrojos Civil War

A massacre on the Colombia-Venezuela border has been attributed to warring factions of the Rastrojos gang, revealing a bloody leadership dispute that threatens to...
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Colombia-Venezuela Border Reopens, But Hidden Trails Still Hotspots

The reopening of a major Colombia-Venezuela border crossing is an important step to stop Venezuelans from trekking across remote trails where they are easily...
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Riots and Violence Overwhelm Venezuela’s Police Stations

A new type of "pranato," or prison boss, is flourishing inside Venezuelan police stations, where riots, escapes, extortion rackets and killings are now common in...
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Venezuela Disease Outbreaks Reveal Criminal Migration to Illegal Gold Mines

Outbreaks of malaria and diphtheria in a region of Venezuela where these diseases are rare has revealed how armed groups are organizing a vast migration to illegal...
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Pro-Government Guerrillas Mix Political, Criminal Interests in Venezuela

Pro-government guerrillas in Venezuela have begun training civilians in armed combat, showing the symbiotic relationship between embattled President...
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Salsa, Gunshots and Impunity at Venezuela Megabanda Funeral

A well-known salsa singer's performance at the wake of members of a so-called megabanda in Caracas underscores how far criminal impunity goes in...
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How Venezuela Shipwrecks Revealed Sex Trafficking Ring

The sinking of two boats sailing from Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago has unveiled a criminal ring implicating high-level law enforcement officials in the...
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In Venezuela, Crime Literally Doesn’t Pay

The economic crisis in Venezuela has seen criminal gangs find ways to turn chaos into opportunity. But the situation has now become so...
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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...