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KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 30 APR 2014

Volunteer community policing has been a tradition in indigenous communities across Southern Mexico for centuries. Though controversial, advocates argue the practice is supported by international law and has been codified…

INFOGRAPHICS / 30 APR 2014

The desperation in Michoacan, as in many parts of Mexico, with regards to organized crime has led to a myopic view of this issue. In the short term, it produced,…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 30 APR 2014

Faced with the government's failure to rein in the criminals, communities across crime-besieged Mexico have been trying for years to organize effective civic resistance. Michoacan's vigilantes express the most extreme…

ELITES AND CRIME / 29 APR 2014

Authorities in Mexico have arrested the mayor of Michoacan's principal port city for alleged Knights Templar ties, in an illustration of how embedded this criminal group is in the southwest…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 25 APR 2014

Vigilantes in Mexico have entered a cave complex with guns blazing as they hunt down the Knights Templar's remaining leader in the group's "final stronghold." But while the endgame may be…

JALISCO CARTEL / 23 APR 2014

The assault against the Knights Templar led by vigilante groups and security forces is creating a criminal power vacuum in Mexico's Michoacan state, which authorities believe some of the country's…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 18 APR 2014

Councilmen from Michoacan have recounted life under a mayor who was in cahoots with Mexico's Knights Templar criminal organization, exemplifying how corruption and criminal control of local politicians works in…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 15 APR 2014

A vigilante leader in Mexico's Michoacan state has promised the groups will disarm by May 10, but details about what their agreement with the government entails are hazy, and it…

FARC / 9 APR 2014

In a statement given before the Organization of American States, InSight Crime's Steven Dudley discusses the reality of the links between global terrorist groups and Latin American organized crime, and…

EXTORTION / 8 APR 2014

The Knights Templar and La Familia Michoacana took nearly 13 percent of profits from Mexico's national avocado production over the course of five years, demonstrating the type of criminal incursion…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 1 APR 2014

Mexico's armed forces have reportedly killed Knights Templar leader Enrique "El Kike" Plancarte in a shootout. His death comes just weeks after the killing of the Knights' main leader Nazario…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 18 MAR 2014

Following the arrest of the nephew of a Knights Templar leader suspected of organ trafficking, officials in Mexico have reported the Michoacan based criminal organization has diversified into a crime…

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