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GUATEMALA / 1 FEB 2011

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 local newspaper published…

GUATEMALA / 23 NOV 2010

Citing recent clashes between Guatemalan security forces and the Zetas drug trafficking organization, Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Menocal called on the US to provide for more anti-narcotics assistance.  …

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 23 NOV 2010

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 State…

GUATEMALA / 19 NOV 2010

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," according to a report in Guatemala's daily …

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 3 NOV 2010

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 necessarily accurate term…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 1 NOV 2010

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.

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 1 NOV 2010

The New York Times published a piece Friday on the push to reform Mexico's security forces.

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 1 NOV 2010

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 Department.

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 1 NOV 2010

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 August just outside…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 1 NOV 2010

The Mexican military announced it had killed 25 suspected members of the Zetas criminal organization in the municipality of Treviño, Tamaulipas, while they rescued three kidnap victims from a farm,…

MERIDA INITIATIVE / 1 NOV 2010

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 drug trafficking organizations. Proposed under…

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Environmental and Academic Praise

17 JUN 2022

InSight Crime’s six-part series on the plunder of the Peruvian Amazon continues to inform the debate on environmental security in the region. Our Environmental Crimes Project Manager, María Fernanda Ramírez,…

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Series on Plunder of Peru’s Amazon Makes Headlines

10 JUN 2022

Since launching on June 2, InSight Crime’s six-part series on environmental crime in Peru’s Amazon has been well-received. Detailing the shocking impunity enjoyed by those plundering the rainforest, the investigation…

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Duarte’s Death Makes Waves

3 JUN 2022

The announcement of the death of Gentil Duarte, one of the top dissident commanders of the defunct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), continues to reverberate in Venezuela and Colombia.

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Cattle Trafficking Acclaim, Investigation into Peru’s Amazon 

27 MAY 2022

On May 18, InSight Crime launched its most recent investigation into cattle trafficking between Central America and Mexico. It showed precisely how beef, illicitly produced in Honduras, Guatemala…

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Coverage of Fallen Paraguay Prosecutor Makes Headlines

20 MAY 2022

The murder of leading anti-crime prosecutor, Marcelo Pecci, while on honeymoon in Colombia, has drawn attention to the evolution of organized crime in Paraguay. While 17 people have been arrested…