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Gold And Chaos In Orinoco

A joint investigation by Efecto Cocuyo and OCCRP explores the Orinoco Mining Arc- the Venezuelan government’s controversial attempt to find new sources of wealth- and the devastating effects of the mining on the people who live there.

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The Latest In Organized Crime & Corruption
UK Jails Two Men in the “Premier League” of Arms Trafficking

Two men described in court as the “premier league” of firearms suppliers were jailed for selling weapons from the dark web to organized crime gangs across the UK.

A Norwegian Court Jails Former Police Officer for Drug Smuggling
A retired Norwegian senior police officer was sentenced to 21 years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for helping a “hash baron” smuggle 14 tonnes of drugs into the country for over a decade.
US: Pakistan’s Largest Bank Ordered to Close its US Branch for Compliance Failures
New York’s authorities said they fined Pakistan’s largest bank with US$ 225 million for repeatedly failing to comply with anti-terrorism and money laundering laws and that the bank has agreed to close down its only US branch.
UN Adopts New Resolution of Tackling Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a new resolution intended to escalate the crackdown on illicit trafficking in wildlife.
EU Citizenship for Sale: Legal Scheme Allows Corrupt Politicians and Businessmen to Slip into the EU

Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs suspected of corruption are among hundreds who have acquired EU passports under the “golden visa” program – a bourgeois shortcut to European citizenship in exchange for cash investments.

Pakistan: Ex PM Nawaz Sharif’s Wife Wins his Seat in the Parliament
The wife of Pakistan’s former prime minister won his seat in the parliament at the local elections after the court recently ousted him over corruption allegations revealed in the Panama Papers.
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