Category Archives: Crime, Gangs, Corrupt police, Private security

A good sign that decline is underway is the rise of gangs, mafias, vigilantes turning into a paramilitary, corrupt and underpaid police forces, increasing numbers of private security guards, gated communities

Pity Brazil’s Military Police. FEB. 19, 2014. Vanessa Barbara. New York Times.

Pity Brazil’s Military Police. FEB. 19, 2014.  Vanessa Barbara. New York Times. In 2012, 1,890 Brazilians were killed by the police. 351 occurred in São Paulo — 20% of all homicides. Organized crime retaliated by killing 11 police officers and … Continue reading

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Hector Abadfeb. Colombia’s Warning for Mexico. New York Times

[ Abadfeb’s editorial reminds me of feudalism. Until the rise of state-level armies in the 17th century, the nobility had their own soldiers to keep the peasants in line.  Now, rich landowners hire vigilantes to fight guerrillas and drug cartels, … Continue reading

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