Transnational Threats, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime Stories
Comprises all the stories we publish on the most pressing regional threats to the region, including drug trafficking, Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking, transnational organized crime, and any threat networks that affect our region as a whole by causing/spreading generalized insecurity and instability. The stories in this section are about the joint efforts to collaborate and build a united front to confront these threat networks for the common good of the entire region.
UN: Nicaragua Continues to Repress and Harass Opponents
A report submitted to the UN human rights council in July accuses Nicaragua of continuing to repress, threaten, and harass human rights defenders and other opponents one year after the government’s violent crackdown on nationwide demonstrations.
Former SEBIN Chief in US: ‘Maduro is the head of a criminal enterprise’
Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, former chief of Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN, in Spanish), who left Chavismo and spent two months in hiding under the protection of security agents in Bogotá, Colombia, arrived in Washington June 24.
Cuban, Russian, and Chinese Military Presence in Venezuela’s Armed Forces
Former Venezuelan officer Pedro Mendoza, known as the “Russian” — he attended a military school in the Eastern European country that supports Nicolás Maduro — is very clear on one thing: The influence of countries such as Cuba, Russia, and China is longstanding and key to understanding the crisis in Venezuela.
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