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Crime Costs Brazil Tens of Billions Yearly: Study

A new study by Brazil’s government estimates that the cost of crime has risen dramatically over the past two decades, now reaching the equivalent of tens of billions of dollars each year. In light of rising violence and ongoing resource constraints, the authors recommend authorities rethink current public security policies…

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Honduras Court Ruling Could Undermine Anti-Graft Body

The Supreme Court in Honduras has issued a complicated ruling on the constitutionality of an independent anti-graft body that keeps the body intact, but could nonetheless undermine a key aspect of how it functions…

This piece was co-authored with Angelika Albaladejo. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Paraguay President’s ‘Soul Brother’ Could Surrender in Laundering Case

A friend of Paraguay’s president accused of leading a large, international money laundering scheme has reportedly offered to turn himself in to authorities. But his apparent willingness to cooperate may be a smokescreen for an effort to avoid facing justice…

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After Working With CIA, Old-School ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ Face US Justice

A US court handed down an 11-year sentence to a former “cocaine cowboy” whose brother is currently fighting deportation from the United States. Both men worked alongside the US government at the time of their drug trafficking activities, lending a certain irony to their current legal predicaments…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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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Political Manipulation Could Taint Selection of Guatemala’s Next Attorney General

A process to select members of a commission that will help choose Guatemala’s next attorney general is about to begin. But recent reports and past history suggest powerful elites have already been maneuvering to shape the commission’s composition and recommendations in an effort to thwart a years-long anti-graft drive by the top prosecutor’s office…

This piece was co-authored with Tristan Clavel, with assistance from Josefina Salomón. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.