August 15, 2018
- Bryan Avelar, “A Former el Salvador President’s Story of How He Stole” (InsightCrime, August 15, 2018).
Saca, who was arrested in 2016, had made a deal with the Attorney General’s Office: If he confessed, he would face a lighter sentence
- Stephanie Leutert, “How a Crisis in the Coffee Industry Is Pushing Guatemalans Out” (Time, August 15, 2018).
Low coffee price and bottomed out salaries have decimated jobs for Guatemalans in the country’s highlands
- Sandra Dibble, “As Drug-Fueled Homicides Break Records, Tijuana Authorities Push to Reform Mexico’s Firearms Law” (The San Diego Union-Tribune, August 15, 2018).
As drug-fueled violence reaches unprecedented levels in Tijuana, the city’s top safety official calls for automatic detention of anyone caught with weapons—drawing criticism from advocates of Mexico’s new criminal justice system
- “Us, Mexico to Announce New Plans on Cartels” (Associated Press, WTOP, August 15, 2018).
The new plans include putting greater emphasis on attacking cartels’ financial infrastructure. Plans also call for a new enforcement group based in Chicago that will concentrate on international investigations of cartels
- James Fredrick, “Mexico’s New President Has a Radical Plan to End the Drug War” (Vox, August 15, 2018).
AMLO and his advisers have proposed sending drug war-fighting soldiers back to their barracks, pardoning nonviolent drug offenders, and boosting social programs
- “Congresswoman-Elect Kidnapped in Mexico: Official” (Agence France Presse, Yahoo, August 15, 2018).
Azucena Rodriguez Zamora, who was elected to the lower house of Congress for the eastern state of Veracruz, was driving on a highway in the neighboring state of Hidalgo when gunmen in another car opened fire on her vehicle
- Pierina Pighi Bel, ““La Indignacion en Peru Es Comparable Con la Que Derribo a Fujimori”: Gustavo Gorriti, Periodista Que Revelo el Escandalo Lava Juez y Causo un Sismo en la Justicia” (BBC (UK), August 15, 2018).
Desde el 7 de julio, unos audios dejaron al descubierto que en vez de administrar justicia, unos jueces y fiscales se habían dedicado a delinquir
- Christine Armario, “Foe Accused by Maduro Says Venezuela Military Is Fracturing” (Associated Press, The Washington Post, August 15, 2018).
“Maduro is facing a divorce with the armed forces, which is apparent in the various rebellions that have taken place in recent months,” Borges said
- Edith M. Lederer, “Un Says an Estimated 2.3 Million People Have Fled Venezuela” (Associated Press **, August 15, 2018).
Those fleeing — about 7 percent of Venezuela’s 32.8 million people — cite lack of food as the main reason for leaving. U.N. humanitarian officials report that 1.3 million of those who fled were “suffering from malnourishment”