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Italy: Citing Mafia Financial Troubles, Jailed Boss Says “Get A Real Job”
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India: Election Officials Seize Cash and Drugs Used To Buy Votes
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What's Next: Mexico After El Chapo

Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:59
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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.


Turkey: Protests Erupt After Bombshell Audio Seems to Implicate PM in Graft

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:48
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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.


USA: California State Senator Faces Corruption Charges

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:29
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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.


US: Disjointed Policy Leaves Sea Lanes Vulnerable to Drug Trafficking

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:30
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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.


Ukraine: Tymoshenko is Back on the Political Stage After Prison

Monday, 24 February 2014 16:26
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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.


Mexico: They Got Shorty

Saturday, 22 February 2014 21:13
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E__ChapoJoaquin “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.


Ukraine: Government Accused of Hiring Thugs to Attack Protestors

Friday, 21 February 2014 15:41
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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.


Georgia: Former Prime Minister Sentenced to 5 Years

Friday, 21 February 2014 11:56
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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.


Serbia: Local Citizens Fight Back Against Drugs

Friday, 21 February 2014 10:41
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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.


Azerbaijan: Prize-winning OCCRP Reporter Questioned by Government

Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:20
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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.


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Re:Baltica Completes Series on Latvian Health Care System
The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica, an OCCRP partner, has published the last installment in its series about the health care...
Trafficking and Terrorism: How Organized Crime Thrives on Passport Fraud
By Ana Baric Passport Stamps. Photo Credit: Flickr. Jon Rawlinson The March 7 disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane one hour into its flight...
Colombia: A Country Torn Between Peace and Corruption
By: Maria Virginia Olano In Colombia, it is no secret that laws and rules there can be bent and moved around, especially with a couple of bills in...
Press Persecution in Azerbaijan: Where Investigative Journalism Is “Espionage”
By Ana Baric Azerbaijan is maintaining its usual approach to press “freedom”: sponsoring pro-regime media and unapologetically repressing...
Venezuela: The Battle Against a Corrupt, Authoritarian State
By Maria Virginia Olano It was supposed to be the day Venezuela celebrates its young people. Instead, three students were killed, more than 70...