Where Brazilian Gangsters Get Their Guns
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Brazil’s biggest criminal group has reportedly attempted to smuggle high-powered firearms from Venezuela in order to expand its illegal activities, taking advantage of the neighboring country’s economic crisis, lack of oversight on the part of the government and the new dynamics on the border... Read more
Venezuela Crisis Fuels Piracy, Contraband in the Caribbean
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A recent journalistic investigation shows how a small patch of water between Venezuela’s eastern coast and the shores of Trinidad and Tobago has become a dangerous haven for pirates and criminals smuggling contraband between the two nations, underscoring the consequences of Venezuela’s failure to... Read more
Fresh Armed Groups Exploit Colombia’s Violent Border With Venezuela
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Venezuela’s continued spiral into economic, political and social crisis and the demobilization of Colombia’s largest guerrilla group have shifted criminal dynamics on the Colombia-Venezuela border, transforming the region into one of the most important organized crime hubs in Latin America. The Colombia-Venezuela border region... Read more
Cops in Skull Masks Carry Out State Terror in Venezuela
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A new investigation provides damning evidence of abuses and criminality associated with a controversial security initiative in Venezuela, adding to mounting concerns about the government’s support for the program. On Oct. 3, Venezuelan digital media platform RunRun.es and their partner CONNECTAS published an... Read more
El Salvador Cops Allegedly Formed a Death Squad
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The government of El Salvador has yet to provide a convincing response to allegations that senior officers of the national police created criminal networks within the institution that engaged in extrajudicial killings, sexual assault and extortion. The allegations resurfaced following an investigation by Revista Factum that revealed... Read more
Is Venezuela’s Military on the Verge of a Crackup?
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Isolated displays of dissidence from within Venezuela’s armed forces have fueled speculation of a growing divide between the different ranks of the beleaguered nation’s military. But potential fractures in what is the most important pillar of support for Pres. Nicolas Maduro’s regime could... Read more
The Venezuelan Government Is Torturing Political Prisoners
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A new report highlights abuse in holding cells controlled by Venezuela’s national intelligence police, offering a rare glimpse into the workings of the country’s notorious state apparatus. The investigation from the Venezuelan group Window to Freedom, a non-governmental organization that defends prisoners’ rights, found evidence of overcrowding, torture... Read more
Venezuela’s Descent Into Gangsterism
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The social unrest in Venezuela over the last two weeks has been the most widespread since Leopoldo López, the opposition leader, was arrested and subsequently imprisoned by the administration of President Nicolás Maduro in 2015. The latest anti-government demonstrations were sparked by... Read more
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