The outlier: Rosario (and its future), explained 

Argentina is one of the safest countries in Latin America, except for Rosario, the city with a homicide rate five times higher than the national average. Violence is not new, but a wave of deadly shootings in broad daylight has exposed new crime dynamics and reopened the debate on the use of “tough on crime” policies. Here’s everything you need to know.

Poverty, marginalisation and cocaine: Crime groups find lucrative combo in Argentina

Argentina’s economy is in intensive care. Financial stagnation, coupled with record inflation and the slashing of public spending have resulted in rising poverty and marginalisation. But during every crisis some see opportunity, and this time, it is crime groups. With drug trafficking expanding in the barrios, analysts warn of new complex dynamics taking hold in the long run.


Over the years, and centuries, cocaine has gone from being revered as a miracle medicine to being the subject of a complex and largely unsuccessful global war, with millions of victims. What lies behind the intricate past, and present, of one of the most popular, and controversial, drugs in history? Read on to find out.

Drugs, women and prison: Is Costa Rica’s recipe in danger?

Women represent the fastest growing prison population in Latin America. Most are convicted of petty drug offences, are heads of households and come from marginalized backgrounds. Some governments, including in Costa Rica and Colombia, believe that prison isn’t the answer and are turning to alternatives. But the big question is: Do these models work and can they survive the new wave of tough security policies in the region?

7 Key Facts About Venezuela’s Train of Aragua

The Tren de Aragua is one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Venezuela, and in Latin America. Journalist Ronna Rísquez, who has followed its trail for years, explains everything you need to know to understand it.

Organized Crime is Destroying the Amazon. This is How.

The uncontrolled expansion of cattle ranching and agriculture are some of the reasons behind the destruction of the Amazon. But they are not the only ones. Powerful criminal organizations have extended their control over the most biodiverse area on the planet, polluting the environment and subjugating local communities. This is how they do it.

Cocaine: A Fascinating, and Complex, History

It has been adored, reviled, analysed ad infinitum and the focus of endless international debate. Few substances have such a long and fascinating history as cocaine, and such an impact on the world. Here are some of the most relevant events to understand its long life.

Cocaine: All you Need to Know


It is an anaesthetic and appetite suppressant, capable of providing bursts of energy. It is also dangerously addictive, with potentially deadly side effects. Governments have been trying to curb its use for decades, but its production and use is steadily increasing. Here’s everything you need to know about cocaine.