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The case of Henry Fariñas

Nicaragua Elites and Organized Crime: The Case of Henry Fariñas

July 15, 2021 - News published by InSight Crime

Douglas Farah is quoted on Ortega’s ruling alliance's use of the Albanisa group to wield control and reap profits.

Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza shakes hands with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during Ministerial Meeting of Non-Aligned Movement Coordinating Bureau in Caracas, Venezuela, July 20, 2019 (Reuters/Manaure Quintero)

Iran in Latin America: Malign Alliances, "Super Spreaders," and Alternative Narratives

June 14, 2021 - Report published by Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at NDU

Strategic implications regarding Iran’s disinformation campaign in Latin America. Covers media networks, the Maduro regime, and a combination of high-level think tanks and grassroots social media engagement. Topics include BJCE, democracy, disinformation, HispanTV, Iran, Maduro, media, rule of law, Russia, and Venezuela.

El Salvador's President Bukele

InSight Crime on "How to Make a Billion Dollars Disappear"

September 23, 2020 - News published by InSight Crime

InSight Crime covers this IBI report on the long-standing links between José Luis Merino, PDVSA, Alba Petróleos and the Bukele government with transnational criminal structures.

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Como Hacer Desaparecer Mil Millones de Dólares: Los nexos duraderos de José Luis Merino, PDVSA, Alba Petróleos y la administración Bukele con estructuras criminales transnacionales

September 15, 2020 - Report published by IBI Consultants

Informe de IBI Consultants sobre los vínculos de larga data entre José Luis Merino, PDVSA, Alba Petróleos y la El gobierno de Bukele con las estructuras criminales transnacionales. Topics include Alba Petróleos, ARENA, Bukele, FMLN, Merino, money laundering, PDVSA, Ramiro, and Venezuela.

Erick Vega and his wife Diana (far left), with president elect Bukele (center left) standing next to Dominican president Danilo Medina (center right)

How to Make A Billion Dollars Disappear: José Luis Merino, PDVSA, Alba Petróleos and the Bukele Administration’s enduring ties to transnational criminal structures

September 14, 2020 - Report published by IBI Consultants

Report by IBI Consultants on the long-standing links between José Luis Merino, PDVSA, Alba Petróleos and the Bukele government with transnational criminal structures. Topics include Alba Petróleos, ARENA, Bukele, FMLN, Merino, money laundering, PDVSA, Ramiro, and Venezuela.

Supporters of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele gathered outside the legislative palace to protest that the opposition party in the Legislative Assembly refused to discuss a millionaire loan to combat crime.

"How to Make a Billion Dollars Disappear" cited

September 14, 2020 - News published by El Nuevo Herald (Miami)

The new Salvadoran government of independent Bukele continues to be penetrated by the criminal structure gathered around Alba Petróleos, controlled by former guerrilla commander Merino, who, among other things, made more than $1 billion of Venezuelan subsidies disappear.

The Maduro regime's illicit activities

The Maduro Regime's Illicit Activities: A Threat to Democracy and Security in Latin America

August 13, 2020 - Report published by the Atlantic Council

Study of the Maduro regime’s money laundering, illegal extraction of gold and minerals, and relationships with other criminalized structures as a destabilizing force within Latin America. Topics include Europe, FARC, gold, Maduro, minerals, money laundering, oil, PDVSA, Turkey, and Venezuela.

Red oil tanker near Los Angeles, CA

Staying Afloat: Shipping Networks in the Wake of U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela

July 13, 2020 - Report published by IBI Consultants & C4ADS

An analysis of maritime shipping activity in Venezuelan waters since the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. in January 2019. Shipping decreased significantly after sanctions, but dark voyages by only 2%. Topics include China, Cuba, India, Maduro, oil, sanctions, shipping, and Venezuela.

Blood From Stones by Douglas Farah book cover
Merchant of Death by Douglas Farah and Stephan Braun book cover