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Op-Ed: Venezuela - Latin America’s Iraq?

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 28 FEB 2019

Is it just me or does Nicolas Maduro look a lot like Saddam Hussein? After US intervention in Iraq, we saw a nation that descended into civil war, mass displacement…

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Russian Mercenaries Providing Muscle for Venezuela's Embattled Maduro

SECURITY POLICY / 1 FEB 2019

The suspected arrival of around 100 Russian mercenaries in Venezuela to provide protection for Nicolas Maduro has set alarm bells ringing internationally while heightening the sense of insecurity surrounding the…

ANALYSIS

Venezuela, the New Regional Crime Hub

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 13 SEP 2018

Venezuela has become a regional crime hub, with profound consequences for Latin America and beyond. And with another Nicolás Maduro term, the roots of organized crime in that country will spread further.

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Dominican Republic and Venezuela: Cocaine Across the Caribbean

COCAINE / 24 MAY 2018

Drug traffickers have a problem exporting drugs from Venezuela. There are few commercial flights, little container shipping, no tourists and a collapsed fishing sector. But the Dominican Republic, 1,400 kilometers away, has it…

INVESTIGATIONS

Honduras and Venezuela: Coup and Cocaine Air Bridge  

CACHIROS / 23 MAY 2018

On the morning of Sunday, June 28, 2009, Honduran soldiers burst into the presidential palace in the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa, rustled President Manuel Zelaya from his bed, and took away his cellular phone.

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Brazil's PCC Expands Criminal Activity, Trafficking Arms From Venezuela

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 21 FEB 2018

A criminal group has been reported smuggling weapons of war out of Venezuela to expand their illegal activities, taking advantage of the country's economic crisis, lack of oversight on the…

ANALYSIS

The Eight Criminal Armies Supporting Venezuela's Maduro Administration

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 22 JAN 2018

The editor of one of Venezuela’s most important media organizations denounced that a combination of security forces and groups linked to organized crime have helped the government of President…

ANALYSIS

Could Dissent in Venezuela Military, Judiciary Crack Maduro's Criminal Regime?

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 12 JUN 2017

Cracks have appeared in Venezuela's increasingly criminal regime. Dissidence has set in within the military, which is propping up the flailing government, and a key opposition leader is calling for…

ANALYSIS

Dark Times in Venezuela Signal Bright Future for Organized Crime

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 18 APR 2017

Whatever happens following "the mother of all protests" in Venezuela on April 19, political uncertainty looks guaranteed and will be embraced by organized crime. Below, InSight Crime looks at some…

ANALYSIS

As Venezuela Unravels, Govt Consolidates Hold on Power

VENEZUELA / 30 MAR 2017

Venezuela's highest court has stripped the opposition-led National Assembly of its legislative duties, a sign the government is intent on consolidating power even as the country slips further into chaos,…

ANALYSIS

US Sanctions Against Venezuela VP Hit Highest Government Rank Yet

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 14 FEB 2017

The decision by the United States to sanction Tareck El Aissami, the recently-appointed vice president of Venezuela, for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking makes him the highest-ranking official in…

ANALYSIS

US Calls for Venezuela Sanctions Could Impact Organized Crime

ELITES AND CRIME / 10 FEB 2017

An open letter from US senators to President Donald Trump implies that alleged criminal activities by the vice president of Venezuela could facilitate terrorist activities on US soil, a so far…

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InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

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InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

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Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

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Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.

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Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

17 SEP 2021

InSight Crime and the Igarapé Institute have been delighted at the response to our joint investigation into environmental crimes in the Colombian Amazon. Coverage of our chapters dedicated to illegal mining…