New Arrests Link Colombia's FARC to Drug Trafficking Group

Colombia's security forces captured 34 members of what the police called "one of the biggest drug trafficking organizations" in the country and linked it to rebels of the FARC, as well as the vaunted...

Colombia's Urabeños, FARC Collaborated in Police Attack: Govt

An attack on police in Colombia that was allegedly coordinated by the FARC and the Urabeños suggests a new relationship may be emerging between the rebel army and the BACRIM group. Colombian Defense Minister Juan...

Cuban Officials Involved in Drug Trafficking: Defector

A former counterintelligence agent accused high-ranking security officials in Cuba of trafficking drugs, an assertion that suggests deep government complicity in the drug trade – if true.  Ortelio Abrahantes Bacallao, who once worked for Cuba's Ministry...

Are Paraguay Rebels Looking for Prisoner Exchange?

Alcido Fick has made an impassioned plea to the EPP for the release of his son, for whom a ransom has already been paid. But Paraguay's rebel group may be seeking to copy their...

Inside Peru's Illegal Logging Industry

To learn about the illegal wood trade and its impact on local communities, photographer Fellipe Abreu spent 75 days in the Brazil-Peru border region, where the Javari River forms a natural frontier between the...

Migration-Friendly Ecuador Sees 3,000 Annual Human Trafficking Victims

Authorities in Ecuador estimate 3,000 people are victims of human trafficking in the country every year, a number that underscores the country's serious problem with migrant smuggling and exploitation facilitated in part by lax...

Ongoing Guerrilla Attacks Cost Colombia Oil Sector Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

Attacks on Colombia's oil infrastructure have cost the sector well over $400 million so far this year, as guerrilla groups remind the government they can still strike where it hurts and prompt oil companies...

US Chastises Colombia, Venezuela for Response to Human Trafficking

Both Colombia and Venezuela have dropped down a category in the US State Department's most recent human trafficking report, as the region continues to struggle to find effective ways to combat human smuggling, sex trafficking,...

FARC Leader Admits Guerrillas Have Been Corrupted by Colombia Drug Trade

The head of Colombia's FARC guerrillas has admitted the rebels have lost leaders and fighters to the temptations of the drug trade, but continues to insist they regard drug trafficking groups as enemies. Speaking in...

10 Ways Soccer and Organized Crime Mix in Latin America

Soccer has long been a unifying force in Latin America. When the World Cup begins on June 12, televisions in homes across the region will be tuned to the matches. But "the beautiful game"...

Baseball's Yasiel Puig Case May Expose Criminal Profits from US Sport

The tale of a runaway Cuban baseball player illustrates a human smuggling route from the Communist island to the US, and how Mexico's brutal Zetas may profit from the trade. According to the expose by...

Paraguay's EPP Accuses President of Narco Ties in PR Campaign

A rare communique issued by Paraguay's EPP guerrillas has labeled the country's administration a "narco-government," in an apparent public relations attempt to rebuff the president's aggressive pursuit of the rebel group. In Ultima Hora's transcript...

Terrorist Groups in Latin America: The Changing Landscape

In a speech to the US House of Representatives, Douglas Farah of the International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC) discusses the FARC's alliances with foreign terrorist groups; the facilitation of the group's activities by...

Massive Cocaine Seizure in Brazil Port Sign of PCC's Influence

Authorities in Brazil have attributed nearly four tons of internationally destined cocaine seized in a major port to the PCC criminal group, in a further sign of the organization's expansion and growing influence. On March...

Ecuador Seizures Point to Booming International and Domestic Drug Trade

Authorities in Ecuador have seized 10 tons of drugs during the first months of 2014, highlighting both major drug transit through the country and the growth of the domestic market, which authorities say accounts...

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United States and Cuba Meet to Combat Trafficking in Persons

The United States and Cuba held a series of meetings this week in Washington, D.C. to coordinate their efforts to combat trafficking in persons. On...

Cuba’s Bizarre Soft Power

Hard and soft powers are two types of foreign policy tools that nations use to exert influence in their relations with other countries. Hard...

Dissident life in Cuba has gotten worse, not better, after Obama and Pope’s visit

After a week of uncertainty, we finally heard from one of the founders of Cuba’s Anarcho-Capitalist Libertarian Movement—recently founded in the eastern province of...

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As is customary in Cuba, when dictator Raúl Castro visits a city on the island-nation, security forces purge the streets of any opposition–just like...

US Tourism in Cuba Nearly Triples in 2017 Despite Travel Restrictions

Tourism from the United States to Cuba grew by around 200 percent in 2017 despite a tumultuous relationship between the two counties, according to...

Cuban Revolution Turns 59

Since revolutionary forces ousted U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959, the Cuban Revolution has captured the imagination of the world. The Cuban...

Castro’s Shallow Economic Reforms Keep Suppressing the Dreams of Cubans

Following the economic and immigration openings between the United States and Cuba during the Obama administration, the Raúl Castro regime reportedly began timid economic...

A Year After Fidel Castro’s Death, the Fear He Fostered in Cuba Lives On

I recently spoke with a Cuban who has been living in Spain for 20 years, who told me that every so often he meets...

Increased Internet Access in Cuba Sheds Light on Systematic Repression against Dissidents

Sunday, November 26 turned out to be a perfect storm of events in Cuba. Not only did it mark the one-year anniversary of Fidel...

Cuba’s Education Farce: There Is No Room for Young Independent Thinkers

One of the cruelest monopolies that dictatorships invariably control — and Cuba is no exception — is, without a doubt, the education system. Cubans have...