Colombia Enters Next Phase in Tragic Trafficking Saga

January 26, 2017   As the holiday season descended upon Colombia the beautiful South American country began the anticipated shift towards a new stage in the evolution of the ongoing and tragic militarized social conflicts that have plagued it since its inception. This evolution has seen the rise and fall of governments, the dismantling and …

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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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