Latin America

Weekly InSight: Latin America’s Odebrecht Scandal Just Keeps Growing

In our March 29 Facebook Live session, Managing Editor Josefina Salomón and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed recent developments in a seemingly never-ending international corruption scandal involving Brazil construction giant Odebrecht…

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Venezuela’s New Digital Currency: Economic Gamble or Criminal Scam?

Venezuela is planning to launch a new digital currency called the “petro,” which officials in the South American country have billed as a way to ameliorate a dire economic situation. But experts say the petro could be used for more sinister purposes, including corruption and money laundering…

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Colombia Election Results Cast Doubt Over Future of FARC Peace Deal

Recent congressional elections in Colombia brought victory to a slate of candidates opposed to a 2016 peace deal between the government and the now-demobilized FARC rebel group, creating serious uncertainty about the future of the accords ahead of a presidential election later this year…

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Weekly InSight: Is the International Consensus Around Drug Policy Shifting?

In our March 1 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed a new United Nations report on global drug control, and how the report’s main conclusions signal an ongoing shift in the international consensus around drug policies…

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UN Drug Control Board Emphasizes Prevention, Treatment in New Report

The United Nations agency in charge of monitoring compliance with international drug control agreements released a report urging countries around the world to improve efforts to prevent and treat problematic drug use, underscoring a continuing shift away from traditional counternarcotics policies…

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Weekly InSight: Organized Crime Influence in Upcoming El Salvador Election

In our February 22 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the criminal infiltration of El Salvador’s politics ahead of legislative and municipal elections scheduled for March 4…

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