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Did Sean Penn’s Meeting With El Chapo Help Authorities Track Down the Kingpin?

When Mexican authorities captured Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in January 2016, they suggested that their success stemmed in part from an October 2015 meeting the kingpin held with Hollywood star Sean Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. Now, extensive reporting by InSight Crime combined with evidence presented in a new documentary film series has called into question details of various narratives surrounding these events…

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

Are US Anti-Crime Programs in Central America Working?

Over the past several years, the United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on crime and violence prevention programs in Central America, with few evaluations of the impact of this investment. But one hotly debated study highlights the challenges of measuring security assistance outcomes, as well as the need for a greater body of analysis about the efficacy of such initiatives…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

‘Fast and Furious’ Weapons Found at Scene of Mexico ‘Massacre’

Weapons linked to the controversial US anti-gun trafficking operation “Fast and Furious” were found last spring at the scene of a bloody clash between Mexican police and a group of alleged cartel gunmen that left 43 dead, according to documents obtained exclusively by InSight Crime…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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Exclusive: Documents Confirm Leak of Unexplained Deposits to Nisman’s US Bank Account

Documents obtained exclusively by LobeLog confirm that Argentine officials violated an agreement with the US Treasury Department by leaking sensitive financial information regarding deceased prosecutor Alberto Nisman. These leaks could complicate further US-Argentine cooperation in the controversial investigations surrounding Nisman’s death…

Read this piece in its entirety at LobeLog.

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Giuliani in Rio

During his time as New York City major, Rudy Giuliani was known above all as a fierce partisan of “law and order.” Since he left office in 2001, he has leveraged that reputation into a lucrative private-sector consulting career and now heads Giuliani Partners…But many question the extension of Giuliani’s “zero-tolerance” approach to public safety in Latin America. In the world’s most violent region — where racial discrimination, corrupt judiciaries, and abusive security forces have persisted for decades — some say heavy-handed policies like the ones Giuliani promotes make things even worse…

Read this piece in its entirety at Jacobin.