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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.

Iranian oil tanker Fortune anchored near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.

C4ADS and IBI Consultants report on Venezuelan shipping cited by the Associated Press

July 13, 2020 - News published by Associated Press

In the first year since the Trump administration imposed crushing economic sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry, port calls to Venezuela plunged by 46%. But less-scrupulous carriers are filling the void.

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.

A coca farmer walks among his plants in the central jungle of Peru in 2012

Douglas Farah/IBI Consultants Quoted in the Washington Post

June 9, 2020 - News published by the Washington Post

The WP quotes our analysis of the impact of the coronavirus on the South American cocaine trade.

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