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
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
As Venezuela Falls Apart, Its People Build a New Faith
In ways large and small, Venezuelans have felt the effects of the unfolding political and economic crisis there. Grocery store shelves are barren, and few dare to use their phones in public for fear of theft or worse. Car windows are tinted as much as possible for the same... Read more
How Russia Could Intervene in a Venezuelan Civil War
Venezuela’s political chaos, violence and a full-blown economic depression risks taking down one of Russia’s most important allies in the Western Hemisphere. Years of high oil prices and a pro-Kremlin government brought billions of dollars worth of Russian investment and military sales into the country — which now gives... 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
A Cop Turned Wannabe Action Star Assaulted the Venezuelan Supreme Court in a Helicopter
A rogue police helicopter cut through the evening air above Venezuela’s Supreme Court on June 27, 2017. The chopper lingered in the air above Caracas for a moment, then swooped along the edges of the building as one of its passengers displayed a sign. “Art. 350 Libertad,” the sign... 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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