Latest Articles about Latin America

An In-Depth Look at M18 Leader Carlos Ernesto Mojica Lechuga

Carlos Ernesto Mojica Lechuga maintains an unassuming presence; thin and balding, his only noticeable oddity is a tattoo on his forehead that reads “In memory of my mother.” Beneath this exterior, however, is one of the most notorious criminals in all of El Salvador and... MORE

Hot Issue: After Chávez: Succession in Venezuela

Executive Summary  After four consecutive presidential terms and fifteen years in office, Hugo Chávez died on March 5 leaving behind a mixed legacy. While his supporters proudly call him El Comandante and vow to continue his socialist revolution, others decry his parochial economic policies, which have left... MORE

China and Venezuela: Equity Oil and Political Risk

  Referring to the evolving political crisis in Venezuela, a Shanghai Academy of Social Science scholar, Zhang Jiazhe, recently remarked, if Hugo Chavez dies, “the diplomatic effect on China won’t be large because China-U.S. competition is in Asia not Latin America. Economically, China-Venezuela relations are... MORE

The Rebirth of FARC and the Rise of Its New Leader “Timochenko”

After Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC - Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) leader Guillermo León Sáenz Vargas (a.k.a Alfonso Cano) was killed in a bombing raid in Cauca Department, southwest Colombia on November 4, 2011, the seven-member FARC secretariat needed only 11 days to... MORE

Organized Crime Exploits China’s Growing Links to Latin America

In April 2012, authorities in the prosperous and generally peaceful Caribbean nation of Belize intercepted a shipment of precursor chemicals sent from China and apparently bound for representatives of the Mexican cartel “Los Zetas.”  The shipment—sufficient to produce an estimated $10 billion in methamphetamines—highlights growing... MORE

An In-Depth Portrait of Servando “La Tuta” Gómez Martínez: Co-Leader and Propagandist of Mexico’s Knights Templar Cartel

Servando “La Tuta” Gómez Martínez  Servando Gómez Martínez (a.k.a. El Profe, La Tuta­—the teacher), was born in Arteaga, Michoacán, Mexico on February 6, 1966 (El Universal, August 7, 2009). He is co-leader of Los Caballeros Templarios (the Knights Templar), a Transnational Criminal Organization (TCO) based in the Michoacán... MORE