Police restrain Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman after his arrest
By Armando Cordoba
The Feb. 22 arrest of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Federation cartel, has left many experts on Mexico’s drug war wondering what happens next for the cartel which is one of the largest and most powerful drug enterprises in Mexico.
Protests in Istanbul and Ankara erupted after audio recordings, allegedly of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talking on the phone to his son, circulated on the Internet Monday. The two were discussing how to dispose of “tens of millions” of dollars in cash amid a graft probe.
Democratic state senator Ron Calderon, 56, has been indicted on two dozen charges of corruption including bribery, fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. He surrendered to the authorities on Monday and has pleaded innocent to all charges.
While the United States is increasingly protecting its land borders from drug traffickers with robot technology, coast guard cutbacks are leaving sea lanes unprotected, illustrating the disjointed political nature of the US drug war.
Former Prime Minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko was released from her Kharkiv prison hospital on Saturday and flew to Kiev to speak on Independence Square. Although she has had many supporters over the years, opinions vary as to whether or not she should return to power.
Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel and the world’s most-wanted drug lord, was captured alive Friday night in the Mexican resort city of Mazatlan, the Associated Press reports.
It was an anticlimactic moment in a legendarily violent career that spanned decades and cost untold lives. It will be the end if police can keep him in custody.
Thousands of protestors have taken to Kiev’s now bloodied and charred streets to protest and demonstrate. However, not all are against the current government. Meet the “Titushki,” thuggish strongmen allegedly hired by the Ukrainian government to support the regime.
Former Republic of Georgia Prime Minister Ivane Merabishvili has been sentenced to five years in prison for public corruption charges in a verdict that has been branded by his defense as political prosecution.
Facebook page of the anti-drug Sveti Sava Citizens’ Association
By Milica Saric
It’s a new kind of war.
In an effort to stop their neighbors from dying of drug abuse, residents of Lazarevac, a Belgrade suburb of about 60,000, have taken on rich and powerful drug dealers by publishing the names of 44 local drug dealers over the past year.
Authorities from the Department for Grave Crimes in Baku have summoned Khadija Ismayilova, OCCRP partner and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty correspondent, for questioning relating to what the department alleges are leaks of state secrets.