4 Facts About Chile’s Criminal Transformation

In little more than a decade, Chile has gone from witness to protagonist in Latin America’s criminal map. Although the authorities have responded with a raft of new laws and increases in the security budget, experts say more long-term measures are needed. Here’s all you need to know.

Ecuador’s puzzle, explained

Ecuador faces an unprecedented security crisis, with homicide and crime rates at historic levels. While the Noboa administration’s strategy has succeeded in drastically reducing homicides, many questions have been raised about its long-term viability and effectiveness. From militarisation to marginalisation, we explore the causes, consequences and possible future of this crisis.

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.

Ecuador Violence: What is Happening – and Why

Ecuador has gone from being one of the most peaceful countries in the Americas, to having one of the highest homicides rates in the region. Why is this happening? Some of the reasons include a reconfiguration of the global illicit drug market and changes in local criminal dynamics. Here’s what you need to know.