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Venezuelan Government Turned Drug Dens into ‘Torture Houses’

Shocking revelations by a Venezuelan government official about torture carried out by government institutions has allegedly revealed the existence of "torture houses," operated by Venezuelan state agents inside buildings seized from drug traffickers.

Op-Ed: The ELN as a Colombo-Venezuelan Rebel Army

The ELN, Colombia’s last rebel army, has engaged in exponential growth over the last four years, both in Colombia and within Venezuela, and may now be described as a Colombo-Venezuelan force, with enormous implications for both countries.

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.

Trails Along Colombia-Venezuela Border Are Criminal Enclaves

In the aftermath of the closure of the Colombia-Venezuela border, criminal groups have seized control of illegal trails, known as "trochas," that have become the only transit option for citizens moving between the two countries.

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.

Southern Venezuela: A ‘Gold Mine’ for Organized Crime

Drug trafficking, battles between state forces and armed groups, extortion and illegal gold mining have transformed southern Venezuela into a region where citizens live in a parallel state ruled by organized crime.

Bronze Smuggling Leaves Venezuela’s Cemeteries Without Headstones

A recent investigation into the theft and smuggling of bronze in Venezuela has revealed the existence of an organized crime network, dismantling Venezuelan artistic...

The Armed Groups Propping Up Venezuela’s Government

Reports from Venezuela are shocking the world with images of “colectivos,” police and military using excessive force -- even opening fire -- on unarmed civilians attempting to bring humanitarian aid into the country through its borders with Colombia and Brazil.

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?