Category Archives: South America

Violence up in Rio, down in Sao Paulo

This article contrasts the experiences of Brazil’s two best-known states over the last 20 years. Rio de Janeiro’s homicide rate has gone up and down, whereas Sao Paulo has enjoyed a long-term decline. Experts credit Sao Paulo with sustained investments … Continue reading

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Global coordination against transnational crime

This column by Interpol reports a meeting in Lyon of regional police organizations (AFRIPOL, AMERIPOL, ASEANAPOL, the Arab Interior Ministers Council, Europol, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – Frontex, and the Gulf Cooperation Council-POL) along with the Economic … Continue reading

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More dark net seizures

This article reports the closure of DeepDotWeb, a “central node” search and marketing site on the dark net “that helped buyers of illicit goods like drugs and counterfeit items find what they wanted for a commission.” Two Israeli citizens were … Continue reading

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Koban for Brazil

Brazilian police are officially adopting the koban “police box” system that serves as the centerpiece of Japanese policing, according to this article. Koban are small police stations, usually located in areas with heavy foot traffic, where people can ask directions, … Continue reading

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International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT)

ISSAT, a branch of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, offers “support to the international community to reinforce and strengthen their individual and collective efforts to improve security and justice, primarily in conflict-affected and fragile states.” … Continue reading

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Interpol trying to mend

This article reviews the evolution of Interpol over the last 20 years, including current attempts to rein in the abuse of red notices. Right after the events of September 11, 2001, the agency began emphasizing more information sharing and streamlining … Continue reading

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Armed groups in Venezuela

This article details the armed groups allied with the Maduro government in the current crisis in Venezuela. One key group is FAES, an elite tactical unit within the national police created in 2017 that has “morphed into little more than … Continue reading

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