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COLECTIVOS / 4 NOV 2014

A few months ago I was in Caracas, Venezuela having coffee with Alexis when our conversation was interrupted by a startling text message. After reading it he shared disturbing news:…

COLECTIVOS / 28 OCT 2014

Venezuela's interior minister has been replaced, leading some to question whether it may have been due to pressure from a militant collective in Caracas that blamed him for a recent…

COLECTIVOS / 10 OCT 2014

Members of a "collective" killed by police were buried in a public funeral in Caracas, amid concerns that these armed civilian groups -- many originally supplied and trained by…

COLECTIVOS / 9 OCT 2014

A bloody clash between police and militant collectives in Caracas may feed suspicions that the collectives played a role in the recent dramatic murder of a Venezuelan Congressman, and raises…

COLECTIVOS / 13 MAR 2014

Government-backed militias have been accused of murdering protesters during recent civil unrest in Venezuela, turning the spotlight on armed groups that could become even more dangerous were they to break…

COLECTIVOS / 10 FEB 2014

Proposals by the Venezuelan government to form "peace zones" will just enhance the power of criminal gangs and the impunity they enjoy, according to a security expert, whose analysis, it…

COLECTIVOS / 19 JUL 2012

Venezuela saw 9,510 murders in the first six months of the year, according to police figures, putting the country on track to surpass 2011's record level of violence.

COLECTIVOS / 19 JUL 2012

Violence is becoming a focal point for Venezuela's upcoming presidential elections, with the government and opposition competing to promise security to voters, amid warnings that a defeat for President Chavez…

COLECTIVOS / 14 MAR 2012

Venezuela saw its most deadly year ever in 2011, according to a new report, thanks to the spread of urban militias and the rise of violent street crime, while confrontational…

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