"In one of the deadliest cities in the world, an embattled group of young men had little but their tiny patch of turf — and they would die to protect it. Journalists from The New York Times spent weeks recording their struggle."
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by The New York Times | Sun, 05/05/2019 - 6:02am | 0 comments
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 05/03/2019 - 11:07am | 0 comments
In a new report published by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, author Michael L. Burgoyne, a U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer, looks at the limitations of current policing models in Mexico and Central America to confront “militarized criminal violence.”
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 15: Primeiro Comando da Massachusetts (PCM) Emerges in Massachusettsby John P. Sullivan, by José de Arimatéia da Cruz, by Robert Bunker | Tue, 04/30/2019 - 7:21am | 0 comments
by SWJ Editors | Sun, 04/14/2019 - 4:57pm | 0 comments
Some Questions to Help You Better Understand the U.S.-Colombia Security Dynamic and Opportunities to Enhance the Relationshipby John Turner | Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:25am | 0 comments
Bait and Smuggle: Mexican Cartels Divert Border Cops with Migrant Surges and Ferry Drugs Where the Coast is Clearby The Washington Examiner | Wed, 04/10/2019 - 9:43am | 0 comments
"A northern Texas sheriff says his county has seen a big uptick in methamphetamine and heroin seizures since October, saying Mexican drug smugglers are using large groups of migrants to divert Border Patrol’s attention while they run narcotics over the border in nearby areas."
by SWJ Editors | Fri, 04/05/2019 - 2:57pm | 0 comments
Via 'Americas Quarterly' - "Traditional mafia-busting tactics could help solve the crisis in Venezuela ." H/T Andrew Gibbons
by Robert Bunker, by John P. Sullivan | Wed, 04/03/2019 - 2:32am | 0 comments
by Paul Rexton Kan | Wed, 03/27/2019 - 5:16am | 0 comments
by The Washington Post | Tue, 03/26/2019 - 11:06am | 0 comments
"This type of shift could have serious policy implications."
Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #40: Cártel Santa Rosa de Lima (CSRL) Tunnels in Guanajuato Highlights Tactical Considerations in Underground Operationsby John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Fri, 03/22/2019 - 7:03am | 0 comments
by The Los Angeles Times | Sat, 03/16/2019 - 12:27am | 0 comments
"The report by the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice found that five out of six of the world’s most violent municipalities were in Mexico, where homicides have risen to historic levels in recent years amid a military-led war against criminal groups."
Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 27: Confronting the State—Explosive Artifacts, Threats, Huachicoleros, and Cartel Competition in Guanajuato, MXby John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Thu, 03/14/2019 - 5:56am | 0 comments
by Jenny Pearce | Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:37am | 0 comments
Mexican Cartel Tactical Note #39: GoPro Video Social Media Posting of Cártel Santa Rosa de Lima (CSRL) Tactical Action against Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) in Guanajuato - Indications & Warning (I&W) Concernsby Robert Bunker, by Alma Keshavarz, by John P. Sullivan | Tue, 03/05/2019 - 11:38am | 0 comments
by The New York Times | Sat, 03/02/2019 - 4:10am | 0 comments
"Mexican officials are carrying out the Trump administration’s immigration agenda across widespread stretches of the border, undercutting the Mexican government’s promises to defend migrants and support their search for a better life."
by The New York Times, by The Washington Post | Fri, 03/01/2019 - 12:14am | 0 comments
"Mexico’s Congress on Thursday approved the creation of a 60,000-member National Guard to tackle the nation’s public security crisis, a force that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made a cornerstone of his plan to confront organized crime and curb soaring violence."
by John P. Sullivan, by Robert Bunker | Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:09am | 0 comments
by The Wall Street Journal | Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:54pm | 0 comments
"The trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, and his conviction Tuesday on drug-smuggling charges, brought to an end the decadeslong career of the notorious “El Chapo.” It also revealed in remarkable detail the inner workings of the criminal empire he built, one that rivaled governments and multinational companies in its power and sophistication."
by Alma Keshavarz | Sat, 02/09/2019 - 12:39am | 0 comments
by InSight Crime | Thu, 02/07/2019 - 1:46pm | 0 comments
"A new pro-government Venezuelan militia or 'colectivo' allegedly trained by Colombian rebels may have posted itself alongside security forces on the Venezuela-Colombia border."
by Real Clear World | Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:08am | 0 comments
"The leftist ELN became Colombia’s largest guerrilla group after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, disbanded following a peace agreement with the government in September 2016. As I write in my new book on the counter-insurgency efforts leading up to the peace deal, there were already clear signs that neutralizing the FARC would not end Colombia’s 52-year armed conflict."
by The Council on Foreign Relations | Thu, 01/31/2019 - 2:13pm | 0 comments
"Violence continues to rage in Mexico more than a decade after former President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on drug cartels."
Third Generation Gangs Strategic Note No. 13: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) Command and Control (C2) Geographic Variationsby Robert Bunker, by John P. Sullivan | Tue, 01/29/2019 - 3:32am | 0 comments