Latin America

GameChangers 2018: The Criminal ‘Winners’ in Latin America

Which criminal structures have gained the most strength in Latin America in 2018? Three groups, all based in different nations, have engaged in aggressive expansion, both territorial and economic, and are set to dominate the region’s criminal landscape…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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Johns Hopkins, Others Lose Bid To Kill Syphilis Study Suit

Johns Hopkins University, Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. and the Rockefeller Foundation, accused of participating in controversial syphilis experiments in Guatemala during the 1940s and 1950s, failed to show that their status as corporations protects them from liability under the Alien Tort Statute, a Maryland federal judge said Thursday…

Read this piece in its entirety at Law360.

Lawyer’s Memoir Dissects Flaws in Investigation of Argentina Terror Attack

Nearly a quarter-century after a bomb blast at a Buenos Aires Jewish community center killed dozens and injured hundreds more, the worst terrorist attack in Argentina’s history remains unsolved—and a new memoir recounts one lawyer’s efforts to prove the government’s investigation was a sham from the start…

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Can Brazil’s Bolsonaro Deliver on Crime, Corruption Promises?

Brazil’s presidential election resulted in the victory of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro, who has promised to crush rampant crime and corruption with an iron fist. But the president-elect may find his lofty campaign pledges difficult to fulfill…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Brazil goes to the polls on Sunday. It could be the country’s most important election ever.

Brazil’s leading presidential candidate, a far-right politician named Jair Bolsonaro, was stabbed at a campaign rally last month in an attack that left him in serious condition. When the candidate returned home from the hospital last week, Brazilians staged large demonstrations both for and against his controversial, ultra-conservative agenda…

Read this piece in its entirety at Vox.

Crime and Security High on Voters’ Agendas in Brazil Election

Brazil is just days away from the first round of this year’s general election, and rising crime and security will play an important role in shaping the outcome of the contest, which in turn will help shape how the country confronts the deteriorating security situation…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Can Governments Deter Violence Committed by Crime Groups?

For decades, governments throughout Latin America have responded to violent criminal groups with militarized campaigns aimed — in many cases futilely — at dismantling or destroying them. These crackdowns often exacerbate violence, but there may be a better way to handle the problem…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.