Mimi Yagoub

LatAm is Most Murderous Region for Land, Environmental Activists: Report

COLOMBIA / 14 JUL 2017

Latin America is the most dangerous region in the world for activists fighting for their land or trying to safeguard the environment, according to a Global Witness report,…

Colombia's Largest-Ever Manhunt Hasn't Caught Its Top Target. Here's Why.

COLOMBIA / 21 JUN 2017

Colombia's dense jungle on the Caribbean coast is the heartland of the Urabeños, one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the Americas. This is where its top leaders are…

Why Jamaica's Homicide Rate Is Up 20%

CARIBBEAN / 20 JUN 2017

Jamaica's homicide rate has risen steeply in 2017, in what is likely the symptom of a splintering underworld.

More Mixed Signals From US State Dept on Colombia Aerial Eradication

COCA / 16 JUN 2017

The US government has continued issuing mixed messages following controversial statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that implied the White House was pushing for Colombia to return to outdated…

US Calls to Revive Colombia Coca Fumigation Could Damage Peace Process

COCA / 14 JUN 2017

US President Donald Trump has apparently called on his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos to lift Colombia's ban on aerially fumigating illegal crops, a dangerous and previously unsuccessful strategy that…

Inside Colombia's Multimillion-Dollar Black Market Explosives Trade

COLOMBIA / 14 JUN 2017

Colombia's flourishing illegal gold mining business requires explosives, many of which are sourced illicitly. This essential yet overlooked trade has opened the door for powerful criminal bosses to forge a…

Panama Ex-President Arrested in US, Could Be Extradited on Graft Charges

ELITES AND CRIME / 13 JUN 2017

Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli has been arrested in Miami and may now be extradited to face multiple criminal charges in his home country, at time when the future of…

How Panama’s Criminal Landscape Has Changed Since the Days of Narco-Dictator Noriega

COLOMBIA / 30 MAY 2017

Deceased Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was said to have turned his country into one of the most emblematic examples of a "narco-state" in Latin American history, and his dealings with…

Drug Seizures in Tumaco Make the 'Pacific Pearl' Colombia’s Cocaine Capital

COLOMBIA / 29 MAY 2017

A huge percentage of Colombia's soaring cocaine production has apparently passed through a single municipality, Tumaco, over the first few months of year. What makes this region so strategic, and…

Caribbean Has 'Violence Problem,' Not 'Crime Problem': Report

CARIBBEAN / 23 MAY 2017

The Caribbean region has a "uniquely high level of violent crime," according to a new report that offers a rare insight into the root causes of criminal activity…

Mexico, Colombia Meetings Show US Security Policy on Unsure Footing

COLOMBIA / 19 MAY 2017

A recent visit by top US officials to Mexico and a meeting between the presidents of Colombia and the United States in Washington, DC have provided further evidence that the…

Colombia Army Says Powerful ELN Bloc Opposed to Peace

COLOMBIA / 28 APR 2017

Colombia's government has admitted that a key ELN faction is opposed to the peace process. But while this singles out the most overtly rebellious front, there are many other red…

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Criminal Enterprise on the High Seas

12 AUG 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an extensive investigation into Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing that plagues the waters of nine Latin American countries. Among the stories were how…

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Oceans Pillaged in Central America and the Caribbean

5 AUG 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the first installment of a nine-part investigation uncovering the hidden depths of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in Latin America. The first installment covered Central America and…

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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Becomes Truly Transnational

29 JUL 2022

This week, InSight Crime published a deep dive into the total control that Venezuelan mega-gang, Tren de Aragua, has over the lives of those it smuggles between Venezuela and Chile…

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Turkish Traffickers Delivering Latin American Cocaine to Persian Gulf

15 JUL 2022

Last week, InSight Crime published the second half of an investigation piecing together the emerging role of Turkish cocaine traffickers in supplying Russia and the Persian Gulf, which are among…

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Turkey as a Lynchpin in European Cocaine Pipeline

8 JUL 2022

InSight Crime is extending its investigation into the cocaine pipeline to Europe, and tracking the growing connections between Latin American drug traffickers and European criminal organizations. This led us to…