Veiled Threats in the Americas
By Geraldine Cook July 03, 2013
The Lebanese flag is painted on the corrugated shutters of a shop in Maicao, Colombia, where Middle Eastern images and sounds are common in the streets of the busy free-trade zone. Home to Colombia’s largest Muslim population, Maicao is a cacophony of buzzing motorcycles, congested streets and blaring generators on the desert border with Venezuela. However, beneath this bustle of trade and legitimate business, authorities say some shopkeepers are illicitly funneling money to terrorist organizations.