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New Article on the Increasingly Violent and Complex Problem of Paramilitary Groups in Mexico

Jose De Cordoba of the Wall Street Journal wrote an article this week on the most recent violence attributed to the “Zeta Killers” in Mexico. Recent murders by some of Mexico’s most violent criminal organizations indicate a rise of paramilitary gangs in the … Continue reading

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Miami Husband and Wife Charged with Health Care Fraud

Luis Alejandro Sanz and his wife, Elizabeth Acosta Sanz of Miami have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  Read more here.

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Former President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo, Being Sued in US Court by Indigenous Residents of Chiapas

Indigenous residents of Acteal, Chiapas have brought a suit against former President of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo, alleging that he is responsible for killings in the late 1990s in the town.  The suit, which was brought in a Connecticut court, argues that the US court … Continue reading

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More US Allegations of Venezuelan Officials with ties to FARC

An interesting post this week by Geoffrey Ramsey on In Sight details Venezuela’s reaction to the US having named four more high-level officials believed to have aided the Colombian guerillas. Read it here.  The Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) added … Continue reading

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Testing The reach of the Alien Tort Claims Act: China and Cisco

New lawsuits against Cisco for the company’s alleged complicity in human rights abuses in China will test the reach of the Alien Tort Claims Act. Read the full article from Reuters here.

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The future of Interpol

An interesting analysis in the Wall Street Journal (Making Interpol Relevant Again) regarding the evolution of Interpol post September 11th, 2001 and the future of the organization.

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Two recent articles on Venezuela draw the same conclusion: “Chavez’s Venezuela Corrupt as Hell”

There are two interesting articles from last week’s Miami New Times regarding corruption within the Chavez Administration in Venezuela. The first, a feature-length article entitled “Cedeño: A banker battles Hugo,” describes the harrowing escape of former Venezuelan banker Eligio Cedeño … Continue reading

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Diego Arria, Vocal Opponent of the Chavez Administration, Interviewed About the Future of Venezuela

Diego Arria, Venezuelan diplomat and former President of the United Nations Security Council, was recently interviewed on “Al Descubierto,” a program on Venevision.  In the interview, Mr. Arria discusses his views on the challenges facing Venezuela and the future of … Continue reading

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Drug Trafficking Defendant Claims to Have Worked as an Informant for the DEA

A recent article in the Houston Chronicle on the involvement of various U.S. law enforcement agencies in Mexico highlights the complexity of the war on drugs.  The defendant in the federal drug trafficking case, a son of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug … Continue reading

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New Report from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Reveals Abuse of Interpol Red Notices for Political Purposes

The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) was created to facilitate cross-border police cooperation, even where diplomatic relations between particular countries do not exist.  Unlike the majority of law enforcement agencies,  INTERPOL agents do not make arrests, and there is no such thing as … Continue reading

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