21 Jan 2019

Car Bombing Strikes Police Academy, Killing at Least 21 in Colombia

While FARC has been largely demobilized as a unified militant entity since a landmark peace deal in 2016, the National Liberation Army (ELN), another Marxist rebel group in the country, has taken their place as the largest guerrilla organization. And since the FARC demobilization, the ELN conflict has increased. Most

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21 Jan 2019

Mexican oil pipeline erupts in deadly fireball amid attempts to steal fuel; at least 73 killed

The national problem of fuel theft was highlighted in Mexico over the weekend as at least 73 people died as the result of an explosion caused by illegal taps into a pipeline on Friday night. This kind of theft results in over $3 billion USD in losses and per year,

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21 Jan 2019

El Salvador: gangs step up killings before election

With the highest murder rate in the world, violence is escalating even further in the run-up to the country’s February 3rd presidential elections. Sources indicate that gangs are using the violence to pressure politicians to include them in electoral platforms or to work towards a truce similar to the one

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09 Jan 2019

Illegal deforestation spikes in Colombia: How FARC prevented deforestation and the government cannot

Although FARC groups have been largely demobilized in the two years since the peace deal they signed with the Colombian government, the government has been unable to prevent escalation in illegal activities that impact the country’s forests, an escalation that is heavily driven by the fallout of a demobilized FARC.

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08 Jan 2019

Russia accused of hiring “Polish thugs” to conduct arson attacks in Ukraine

Three “Polish thugs” with ties to neo-fascist and pro-Russian parties have been accused of setting fires at a Hungarian Cultural Association building in Ukraine in order to weaken Ukrainian-Hungarian relations. The accused were allegedly paid $265 each for the attacks and sources have accused Russia of having an instigating role,

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08 Jan 2019

Colombia: One human rights advocate killed every three days

Community leaders and human rights advocates in Colombia are being assassinated at a rate of roughly 1 every 3 days, the highest rate in the world, since the 2016 peace agreement with FARC. 5 out of the 6 most dangerous countries for these killings are in Latin America and include Guatemala,

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08 Jan 2019

Pamex adjusts logistics to combat $3 billion/yr in stolen fuel; shortages occur across Mexico

In an effort to reduce gasoline theft, State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pamex) has changed their distribution methods, resulting in shortages and long lines at refueling stations across 6 states. Fuel theft in the country had risen from around $500,000 USD per year in the early 2000s to around $3

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07 Jan 2019

Days after Bolsonaro inauguration, Brazil deploys troops to stop surge in violence in Fortaleza

“About 300 troops have been sent to the north-eastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza to tackle a surge in criminal violence, authorities said. Soldiers will patrol there and across the state of Ceará in a bid to halt attacks on shops, banks and buses. The justice ministry ordered the special deployment

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03 Jan 2019

Mexico Looks to Recruit 50,000 for new National Guard

“Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first news conference of 2019 to start recruitment for his new National Guard, which will become the country’s primary security force. Lopez Obrador says the government hopes to recruit about 50,000 civilians to add to the guard’s initial composition of military personnel

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02 Jan 2019

Istanbul police: Judicial action taken against over 2,500 social media users in 2018

Government crackdowns against social media users continued in 2018. In Turkey, “Judicial actions have been taken against 2,793 social media users in 2018, Istanbul police have said in a statement. According to the written statement, judicial actions were taken against 750 people for conducting ‘terrorist propaganda’ on their social media

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