EXPLAINERS

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.

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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.

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COCAINE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

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.

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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.

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