In Colombia’s Coca Corridor, Gangsters Fight for Power
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The ELN has denied responsibility for the killing of five civilians in the Colombian department of Chocó. The latest violence shows the zone’s valuable strategic position and highly lucrative criminal economies are worth fighting over by criminal groups following the demobilization of the... Read more
Former FARC Fighters Make For Hot New Hires
In 2016, Colombia’s FARC guerrilla army — which had waged the world’s longest-running insurgency — officially agreed to cease hostilities with the Colombian government and demobilize. But not all members of the group accepted the agreement. There have been bloody clashes between rival factions and competition for lucrative criminal enterprises, including drug trafficking... Read more
After Every Mass Shooting, Americans Turn to Bogotá’s ‘Bulletproof Tailor’
This article originally appeared at Motherboard. Miguel Caballero had me choose the bullet he was going to shoot me with. Caballero is a tailor based out of Bogotá, Colombia. Some call him the “Armored Armani,“ although he doesn’t like the nickname. He makes stylish bulletproof clothing, for when you want... Read more
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