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Op-Ed: Venezuela – Latin America’s Iraq?

Is it just me or does Nicolas Maduro look a lot like Saddam Hussein? After US intervention in Iraq, we saw a nation that descended into civil war, mass displacement...

Key Criminal Revelations From Former Venezuela Intelligence Chief

The former head of Venezuela’s military intelligence service has revealed some key details that confirm longstanding links between several officials in the regime...

Venezuela Criminal Structures Bolster Maduro in Second Term

The swearing in of Nicolás Maduro for a second presidential term demonstrates just how deeply entrenched organized crime structures are in Venezuela’s...

Venezuela, the New Regional Crime Hub

Venezuela has become a regional crime hub, with profound consequences for Latin America and beyond. And with another Nicolás Maduro term, the roots of organized...
Photo: Fernando Llano 

Drug Trafficking Within the Venezuelan Regime: The ‘Cartel of the Suns’

In Latin America, criminal entrepreneurs in the form of cartels, have traditionally run drug trafficking. In Venezuela, it is managed from within government,...

US Mulls Sanctions Against Venezuela’s Diosdado Cabello

The United States government could impose sanctions on the second most powerful person in Venezuela, according to a diplomat at the U.S. embassy in the country....

The Eight Criminal Armies Supporting Venezuela’s Maduro Administration

The editor of one of Venezuela’s most important media organizations denounced that a combination of security forces and groups linked to organized crime have...
Experts expect US economic sanctions against Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro to have zero impact

US Sanctions on Venezuela President Promise Zero Impact, Experts Say

The rare move by the United States to place economic sanctions on Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro will do little to reduce criminality within his regime and...
(Left to right) Tibisay Lucena, Néstor Reverol, Iris Varela and Elías Jaua

New US Sanctions Hit Top Venezuela Officials With Criminal Ties

The latest round of sanctions by the United States against high-ranking Venezuelan officials claim to punish human rights abuses, but several of these powerful...
Yazenky Lamas is processed for extradition

Venezuela Pilot’s Extradition Could Lead to Cartel of the Suns Revelations

Colombia has extradited a Venezuelan former army captain with ties to the administration of President Nicolás Maduro to face drug trafficking charges in the United...
Venezuela security forces watch demonstrating protestors

Could Dissent in Venezuela Military, Judiciary Crack Maduro’s Criminal Regime?

Cracks have appeared in Venezuela's increasingly criminal regime. Dissidence has set in within the military, which is propping up the flailing government, and a key...
President Nicolás Maduro in a recent military display

Dark Times in Venezuela Signal Bright Future for Organized Crime

Whatever happens following "the mother of all protests" in Venezuela on April 19, political uncertainty looks guaranteed and will be embraced by organized crime....