The Colombian Surrender – Exploring the history of capitulation in Colombia’s narco-wars (September 12, 2012)

As peace talks begin anew between the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC) it becomes important to understand why such talks are eventually likely to fail. Colombia is a special place. Bordered by mountains, oceans, rivers and jungle, it is a country that is defined …

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Trafficking and the Shining Path; the rejuvenation of Peru’s cocaine industry (November 24, 2012)

On February 12 a joint police-army patrol captured a key suspect in Peru’s ongoing campaign against insurgents and drug dealers that continue to operate in the remote river valleys of Peru’s mountainous interior. Jose Eleuterio Flores, a.k.a. Artemio, was seized in the small, rural town of Tocache, which lies on the isolated Huallaga River. Press …

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The continued development of the West African narco-state

As PanAmerican Crime continues to delve into the abstract and tangible roles of the institution, in terms of defining and policing the criminal underworld, important events around the Globe have forced us to turn our attention away from the criminal and government institutions of the Americas and focus on the troubling ongoing developments within West …

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Colombian elections declared a success… really? (November 19th, 2011)

Colombia has certainly had its share of challenges. Born out of revolution, the country has never appeared to shake the legacy of violence and corruption that have become associated with it. Yet despite the weight of its own history, many people now feel as if the worst is behind the beleaguered nation. Successful national elections …

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A Major League problem – Venezuela’s ongoing battle with kidnapping (November 30th, 2011)

When discussing the dangers and challenges of contemporary South American societies many issues repeatedly get front-page coverage. Colombian rebel groups and Brazilian slums have become the face of crime and social policy issues within the developing countries of the South-western Hemisphere. Kidnapping and the social problems behind this crime are not generally mentioned when compared …

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The threat of international terrorism in North America; Lessons and epiphanies from the Boston Bombing (May 16th, 2013)

(Boston Bombing, April 15, 2013; Image obtained from NewsWeek, April, 2015) “Boston Strong” has become a rallying call for Americans. Short and sweet, the phrase ushers in mixed emotions as well images of great horror mingled amongst moments of extreme sacrifice. The United States does these moments well. Not only because it has the wealth, …

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The Power of the Institution; Parts 1, 2 and 3

(Image of Sinaloa Cartel -Federation, 2009; source: Stratfor) Part 1, The criminal institution; it’s growth, role and effectiveness in the current age As any student, homemaker or businessman can attest to, being organized can make or break any task. In childhood this may involve planning a school project, yet, in the criminal underworld, “being organized” …

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The Federal withdrawal from New York City (July 9, 2013)

Since the great mafia trials of the 1990s federal domestic security agencies in the United States have been espousing the completeness of their victory over traditional organized crime - the formal jargon used to describe the criminal and cultural phenomenon known as the Italian-American mafia or Cosa Nostra. In certain respects, these claims have originated …

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The release of Vito and the climax of the mob war in Montreal (January 23, 2013)

(Vito Rizzuto extradition to USA, Image obtained from La Presse, 2013) As 2012 fades into memory it is easy to become positive or negative about personal, national and global prospects for the new year. Optimistic people become imbued with a sense of promise, energized by the possibilities of new opportunities, while the people who are …

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A historical account of the revenge of Jonathan Bacon; an update on the British Columbian narco-conflicts (March 27, 2013)

Hello avid PanAm Crime readers. I would like to take this moment to apologize for the delay between our last publication and today’s release on the mid-level gang conflict in British Columbia. Apart from negligible spring cleaning, we have been working diligently on new projects and have, tragically, fallen behind our publication schedule. Please bare …

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