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Guatemala’s Anti-Corruption Crusader Faces Arrest

A Guatemalan judge has issued an arrest warrant for former attorney general and current presidential candidate Thelma Aldana, who previously led several high-profile corruption cases against political elites.

Cuban Doctors Used in Extortion Scheme by Venezuelan Gov’t

A new investigation has revealed how Cuban doctors are used by the Venezuelan government in an extortion scheme to remain in power, revealing new forms of criminal collaboration between the regime of Nicolás Maduro and Havana.

How Venezuela’s Stolen Gold Ended Up in Turkey, Uganda and Beyond

What do such distant countries as Venezuela, the Bahamas, Ireland, Morocco, Dubai and Turkey have in common? They were all part of the trade routes for illicit Venezuelan gold in 2018.

Mexico’s Eternal Union Boss May Finally Fall

Allegations of stunning amounts of corruption are mounting against Carlos Romero Deschamps, leader of the Mexican Oil Workers’ Union for 25 years, threatening to finally bring down one of the most powerful political operatives in the country.

Marielle Franco Arrests Raise Suspicions About Brazil Militia Ties to Bolsonaro Family

Two former police officers with links to a militia group have been arrested in the high-profile killing of a Brazilian human rights activist. The same militia may also have ties to the family of Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro, raising further questions.

Maduro Relies on ‘Colectivos’ to Stand Firm in Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro’s recent call for armed civilian groups to "resist and stand firm" amid Venezuela's ever-worsening social crisis, confirms his reliance on these criminal organizations to help the regime stay in power.

US Piles on the Pressure Against Venezuela’s El Aissami

The United States has charged Tareck El Aissami, one of the most powerful men in Venezuela, and five of his collaborators for violating sanctions imposed in 2017 for alleged drug trafficking imposed, showing Washington is piling on the pressure against Caracas' highest-ranking officials.

PDVSA Subsidiaries in Central America Slapped With Sanctions

The US Treasury Department extended economic sanctions imposed on PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-run oil company, to two of its subsidiaries in Central America, increasing the pressure on some of the staunchest foreign allies of President Nicolás Maduro’s regime.

Rare Public Apology Shines Light on Government Impunity in Mexico

The Mexican government recently issued a public apology to the families of five young people that were forcibly disappeared in January 2016 in Veracruz. The apology, rare in a country that has historically deviated blame for similar incidents, once again highlights the historical levels of impunity within central institutions.

Op-Ed: Venezuela – Latin America’s Iraq?

Is it just me or does Nicolas Maduro look a lot like Saddam Hussein? After US intervention in Iraq, we saw a nation that descended into civil war, mass displacement and unimaginable suffering. Could Venezuela go the same way?

Honduras President Selective When Targeting Criminal Crackdowns

While he cracks down on gangs, the president of Honduras has largely ignored drug trafficking charges leveled at his family members and officials within his governing party, raising questions about his desire to take on high-level corruption that implicates his inner circle. 

Key Criminal Revelations From Former Venezuela Intelligence Chief

The former head of Venezuela’s military intelligence service has revealed some key details that confirm longstanding links between several officials in the regime of President Nicolás Maduro with organized crime and terrorist groups.