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7 Things Donald Trump Gets Wrong about MS13

7 Things Donald Trump Gets Wrong about MS13

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a rhetorical campaign this week against the MS13, one of the most violent gangs in Central America. But the verbal offensive by the president and the attorney general, as well as their statements on the origins and evolution of the gang, are for […]

Airline Wars: Southwest Airlines Objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s FACP Application

Airline Wars: Southwest Airlines Objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s FACP Application

Q COSTA RICA – Southwest Airlines has lodged an objection against the application by Volaris Costa Rica for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) and Exemption Authority from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The US carrier contends that Volaris Costa Rica is not a Costa Rican company but is wholly owned by a […]

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America

Q24N (via Crisigroup.org) Born in the aftermath of civil war and boosted by mass deportations from the U.S., Central American gangs are responsible for brutal acts of violence, chronic abuse of women, and more recently, the forced displacement of children and families. Estimated to number 54,000 in the three Northern Triangle countries – El Salvador, […]

The Face of Latin American Migration Is Rapidly Changing

The Face of Latin American Migration Is Rapidly Changing

A fundamental shift in U.S. immigration patterns is well underway. Recent rhetoric from President Donald Trump and the focus of U.S. immigration policies suggest that Mexicans entering the U.S. without authorization are the principal challenge facing policymakers. That is no longer the case. The era of Mexico as the primary source of immigrants to the […]

Why Salvadorian Teens Join Brutal Gangs and How Courts Makes Things Worse

Why Salvadorian Teens Join Brutal Gangs and How Courts Makes Things Worse

Q24N – There were 30 murders in El Salvador on March 15 in El Salvador. Just on March 15. Afterward, Justice and Security Minister Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde came out saying the country will have to face some rough days and hard times if it is ever going to win against the country’s widespread problem with violence. […]

El Salvador’s ‘Black Widows’ and the Growing Sophistication of the MS13

El Salvador’s ‘Black Widows’ and the Growing Sophistication of the MS13

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) Authorities in El Salvador dismantled a MS13 network allegedly dedicated to forcing women into marriages before assassinating the husband to collect insurance money, a scheme that speaks to the gang’s growing business sophistication. Three women, who are allegedly members of a MS13 structure dubbed “Black Widows,” were arrested on February 24 and given pre-trial […]

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Q COSTA RICA – The volatility of international prices of fuels in the oil market persists, being the main factor affecting prices in Central America. Despite the instability of oil prices and their fluctuations are permanent factors, predictions about future prices is unpredictable, however, in the recent weeks trends in international prices have been caused […]

El Salvador to Extend ‘Extraordinary’ Anti-Gang Measures until 2018

El Salvador to Extend ‘Extraordinary’ Anti-Gang Measures until 2018

Q24N (InSight Crime) Officials in El Salvador agreed to extend “extraordinary measures” to fight organized crime despite doubts about their effectiveness and alleged threats to citizens’ rights, raising questions about the motives for the government’s decision. The Commission for Public Security and the Fight against Drug-Trafficking (Comisión de Seguridad Pública y Combate a la Narcoactividad) […]

540 Children were Murdered Last Year in El Salvador: Report

540 Children were Murdered Last Year in El Salvador: Report

Q24N (via Insightcrime.org) A recent police report in El Salvador shows that an average of 1.5 children were murdered every day last year, an illustration of how an intense gang conflict and generalized violence are impacting the country’s youngest and most vulnerable populations. The 540 murders of minors in El Salvador last year accounted for […]

San Salvador’s Controversial “Millenial Mayor” Wages War Against The Press

San Salvador’s Controversial “Millenial Mayor” Wages War Against The Press

(Q24N) Nayib Bukele is the mayor of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. He won the position in 2015 on the official party ticket, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), after being mayor of Nueva San Salvador, a small municipality on the outskirts of the capital. Bukele, whom many say will be the next […]

Is The Low-Cost Airline Model Crashing in Costa Rica?

Is The Low-Cost Airline Model Crashing in Costa Rica?

Q COSTA RICA / A few months back the lines for seats on low-cost airlines with their offers of cheap flights within Central America were long. Volaris, Veca and Wingo took to the skies with no-frills and cheap fares. The big names, Avianca and Copa followed. But is it all crashing down? On Tuesday Veca […]

El Salvador Records A Day Without Homicides in 2 Years

El Salvador Records A Day Without Homicides in 2 Years

Q24N / NBC News – El Salvador, one of the world’s more dangerous countries, has recorded a rare day without a single homicide — a possible dividend of the recent truce between warring gangs. There were no reported murders Wednesday, National Civil Police commissioner Howard Cotto told reporters. The last time the country went a […]

Shake Up In Low-Cost Airlines In Costa Rica?

Shake Up In Low-Cost Airlines In Costa Rica?

Q COSTA RICA – The low-cost airline Wingo that began operations in Costa Rica last month announced the cancellation of its San José – Guatemala, reports La Nación. According to Wingo, its low-cost flights to that destination do not have enough market to maintain operations. “We take this opportunity to inform that from January 10, […]

El Salvador Police Prepare to Take Their Own Revenge Against Gangs

El Salvador Police Prepare to Take Their Own Revenge Against Gangs

(Q24N) From Insightcrime.org – The same day they buried the seventh police officer killed by gang members in November, the government announced a new response plan, “Nemesis,” which means revenge. This plan stems from measures that have already been implemented and promises very little. However, before the government’s new commitment, police have said they are […]

Cargo Robberies in Northern Triangle Hamper Regional Commerce

Cargo Robberies in Northern Triangle Hamper Regional Commerce

Q24N – Criminal groups are stealing commercial shipments transiting Central America’s Northern Triangle, illustrating how insecurity in the region is negatively impacting regional trade. A recent report from Nicaraguan news outlet El Nuevo Diario delves into the issue of highway robberies in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, focusing particularly on […]

Stolen Guns Fuel El Salvador Black Market for Arms

Stolen Guns Fuel El Salvador Black Market for Arms

Q24N – Insightcrime.org – More than four guns were stolen every day in El Salvador over the last six years, according to a new report that highlights one of the sources of black market weapons in the violence-wracked country. Between 2010 and October 2016 in El Salvador, 11,229 guns were reported stolen, reported La Prensa […]

Northern Triangle Deploys Tri-National Force to Combat Gangs

Northern Triangle Deploys Tri-National Force to Combat Gangs

Q24N NEWS (Insightcrime.org)- The Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will launch a tri-national force aimed at disrupting the movements of street gangs that are increasingly crossing borders in order to coordinate criminal activities and flee security crackdowns. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández announced in a November 14 press conference that the anti-gang […]

Alleged MS13 Members in El Salvador Caught Selling Illicit Horse Meat

Alleged MS13 Members in El Salvador Caught Selling Illicit Horse Meat

Q24N NEWS (Insightcrime.org)  Authorities in El Salvador have arrested 39 alleged members of the MS13 for planning to sell 5,600 pounds of contraband horse meat, a potential sign of the gang’s increasing sophistication as it seeks to diversify its criminal revenue streams. Police conducted the raid on the morning of November 15 in the municipality […]

El Salvador Arrests Ex-President Elías Saca over Money Laundering Charges

El Salvador Arrests Ex-President Elías Saca over Money Laundering Charges

(Q24N) Ex-President of El Salvador Elias Antonio Saca (2004-2009) was arrested during the wedding of his oldest son Sunday, October 30 on charges of money laundering and illicit enrichment, among other things. Later, the authorities reported two other arrests had been made regarding the Saca administration: Former Secretary of Communications Julio Rank and former Secretary […]

Central America’s Dangerous Gamble: Militarization and Crime

Central America’s Dangerous Gamble: Militarization and Crime

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org  – A new report indicates that Central American states have increasingly relied on the military to fight crime with help from the United States, a decision which may bear consequences for human rights and levels of violence within the young democracies. The Costa Rica based State of the Nation Program (Programa Estado de […]

Panama IS NOT Part of Central America. Or Is It?

Panama IS NOT Part of Central America. Or Is It?

Independence Day in Costa Rica . Photo from costaricalearn.com TICO BULL by Rico – Every so often the debate comes up, especially when getting together with Tico friends (yes, though difficult to believe, I do have one or two Tico friends), is Panama is part of Central America. Yes and no. Independence Day in Panama […]

MS13 Gang Sought High-Powered Arms in Mexico, Guatemala

MS13 Gang Sought High-Powered Arms in Mexico, Guatemala

(InsightCrime.org) Prosecutors in El Salvador have filed court documents alleging that MS13 leaders sought to arm an “elite unit” of the gang with high-powered weapons purchased in Mexico and Guatemala, an indication that the group’s transnational connections contribute to its domestic clout. According to a 1,355 page document filed by El Salvador’s Attorney General’s Office, […]

El Salvador: Inside The Prison That Guards Are Too Afraid To Enter

El Salvador: Inside The Prison That Guards Are Too Afraid To Enter

The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, is arguably the most notorious street gang in the Western Hemisphere. They are so feared in El Salvador with a reputation for merciless revenge and cruel retribution, that they’ve been allowed to run their own prison – the Penas Ciudad Barrios. “Penas Ciudad Barrios is a maximum security prison for members […]

Andres Sepulveda, Colombian Hacker, Admits To Rigging 2014 Elections In Costa Rica

Andres Sepulveda, Colombian Hacker, Admits To Rigging 2014 Elections In Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica will be investigating whether hackers interfered with its 2014 presidential elections, following revelations by jailed hacker Andrés Sepúlveda that he rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. Sepulveda, who grew up poor in Bucaramanga, Colombia, eight hours north of Bogotá by car, told Blooomberg how he had used black […]

El Salvador, World’s New Murder Capital

El Salvador, World’s New Murder Capital

(Q24N) Social violence. War. Last year, 6,657 murders. Between January 1 and February 21 of this year, 1,622 murders. An average of 23 Salvadorans assassinated every day during 2016, as confirmed recently by Howard Augusto Cotto, the director of the National Civil Police (PNC). The victims can be gang members or the neighbor who sells […]

El Salvador Joins SOUTHCOM Radar System to Combat Drug Trafficking

El Salvador Joins SOUTHCOM Radar System to Combat Drug Trafficking

(Q24N) To improve the exchange of information that facilitates aerial counter-narcotics operations, El Salvador integrated its air traffic control radars into the U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Cooperative Situational Information Integration System (CSII). The integration became official with the signing of an agreement between El Salvador’s Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) and the United States through […]

The First Group of 180 Cuban Migrants To Leave Costa Rica Has Been Selected

The First Group of 180 Cuban Migrants To Leave Costa Rica Has Been Selected

QCOSTARICA – The first 180 of the Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica since November has been selected and will be travelling by air to El Salvador on Tuesday, confirmed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Gonzalez. The Director of Immigration, Kathya Rodriguez, in charge of the selection process, said the selection was of the migrants […]