02 Aug 2015

Five found shot to death in Mexico City apartment

“Four women and a man were found dead in a middle-class neighborhood in the Mexican capital on Friday, a rare occurrence in the city despite drug violence hot spots elsewhere in the country. Three of the women found shot to death lived in the apartment in the middle-class Narvarte neighborhood

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31 Jul 2015

El Salvador Govt, Gangs Locked in Deadly Game of Chicken

“A gang-enforced transportation strike in El Salvador has now left seven bus drivers dead, raising doubts about how long the government can refuse to meet the demands of the street gangs, in what has become an increasingly deadly game of chicken.” Source: El Salvador Govt, Gangs Locked in Deadly Game

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31 Jul 2015

Afghanistan: Still the King of Opium

“Afghanistan remains awash in opium, despite $8.2 billion in American taxpayer dollars spent since 2002 to curb its rampant drug production and trade, a U.S. reconstruction watchdog concluded Thursday. The country’s own drug use rates remain among the highest in the world, according to a new quarterly report by the

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29 Jul 2015

Gang killings of bus workers freezes San Salvador’s transportation system

“El Salvador’s street gangs paralyzed the capital city of San Salvador on Wednesday as many bus drivers stayed clear of their routes after the killing of at least nine transportation workers in a challenge to the government’s crackdown on violence. Police and local media said Wednesday that the chaos was

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29 Jul 2015

L.A. Gangs’ Hashtag Bet: Kill 100 People in 100 Days

“After the death of a Rollin 100 gang member, Los Angeles gangs have issued a challenge to kill 100 people as fast as possible. One of the first victims appears to be a 4-year-old boy. Under the hashtag #100Days100Nights, users on Instagram and Twitter are issuing a stark warning: two

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27 Jul 2015

Venezuela’s New Security Plan Turns Fight Against Crime into Battle Against Paramilitaries

“The Venezuelan government mantains that a recently launched, massive security plan is intended to break the power that criminal gangs wield over urban neighborhoods. Yet the operation may ultimately result in the police using excessive force against a civilian population. On July 17, community residents of Caracas barrio Cota 905

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26 Jul 2015

Trinidad prison escape involves shootout with police

“Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city is on alert after a brazen prison escape that involved explosives and a deadly shootout with police.” Source: Trinidad prison escape involves shootout with police – CNN.com

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24 Jul 2015

Special Report: West Africa’s alarming growth industry – meth

“When customs officers in the sleepy Senegalese town of Koumpentoum discovered a stash of pills hidden in a bus from Mali in late February, they initially thought it was counterfeit medicine. They stored the haul, poorly concealed in blue plastic bags and a yellow jerry can, in the back of

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24 Jul 2015

Gunmen stage attack in southern Mexico, killing 7 people

“Mexican officials say seven people have been killed in an ambush in a restive southern state. A statement from Guerrero state prosecutors says 10 to 15 armed men attacked a group of civilians Wednesday night in the town of Zitlala, near the city of Chilapa.” Source: Gunmen stage attack in

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21 Jul 2015

Argentina’s Extortion Gangs Move to ‘Virtual’ Kidnappings

“The arrest of six members of a family running an extortion gang in Buenos Aires has drawn attention to a new trend in extortion in Argentina, known regionally as ‘virtual kidnappings.’ La Nacion reported these extortion networks gather information on potential victims through techniques such as running false promotions on

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