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NARCOCULTURE / 23 DEC 2016

InSight Crime receives dozens of emails each week from our audience. Below, we share some of our favorite praise for our work, angry rants, opinionated commentary and even apparent solicitations…

NARCOCULTURE / 20 DEC 2016

A new book by an Australian strategist explores the overlap between criminal activities and political strategy, in wide-ranging study that moves from the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico…

MEXICO / 24 NOV 2016

The growing backlash against Mexican soap operas revolving around the drug trade and its principal players, known as "narcotelenovelas," is based largely on their perceived harm to the country's social fabric. But…

MEXICO / 14 OCT 2016

Drug capos in Mexico are gettting buried in luxurious mausoleums replete with wireless internet, air conditioning and gold-plated caskets, proof that they are literally taking their illicit riches with them…

COLOMBIA / 13 AUG 2016

The recent murder of a beauty pageant director in Mexico draws attention to the long history of star-crossed romantic pairings involving two kinds of individuals Latin America is famous for:…

ELITES AND CRIME / 28 JUN 2016

The future of the recently elected governor in Tamaulipas, one of Mexico’s most criminally infested states, depends on punishing his predecessors for past sins of corruption and collusion with…

HEROIN / 23 JUN 2016

Sam Quiñones' recent book blends separate but overlapping stories of business triumph: pharmaceutical giants' US promotion of powerful narcotics like OxyContin as the painkiller of choice in the 1990s, and the…

HUMAN RIGHTS / 11 MAY 2016

Images of Mexican authorities humiliating suspected cartel members have been circulated on social media and picked up by some US media sites to the apparent delight of right-leaning press and…

AYOTZINAPA / 6 MAY 2016

Tom Wainwright's recent book Narconomics seeks to serve as an arsenal of new ideas, even a register of best practices, for security officials looking to improve their nation's approach to…

EL SALVADOR / 26 APR 2016

Data collected by activists suggest security forces and gang members are the principal perpetrators of violence against members of the LGBTI communities in El Salvador, highlighting the under-prosecution of crimes…

COLOMBIA / 16 MAR 2016

A new book on the politics of urban violence in Colombia offers both a detailed look at what worked and a framework for analyzing and overcoming public security challenges around…

BRAZIL / 24 FEB 2016

A new book by journalist Ioan Grillo on Latin American organized crime offers a fascinating tour of four distinct criminal organizations, providing insightful context and firsthand accounts to better understand…

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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…

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Memo Fantasma Coverage Gets Worldwide Attention

1 JUL 2022

Guillermo Acevedo, the former Colombian drug lord and paramilitary commander better known as Memo Fantasma, may soon be allowed to leave prison. Since first revealing the identity of Memo Fantasma…