Narcos: the hidden drug highways linking Asia and Latin America

NOVEMBER 24, 2018 SCMP


RAQUEL CARVALHO


MARCELO DUHALDE

As Chinese gangs, Latin American cartels and Nigerian brokers widen their international networks, a rising number of vulnerable women and children are being tangled in their web.

It was one of those hot summer days in early August when the skin has no rest from the burning sun, drier than usual. Daniela, from Venezuela, was landing for the first time in Hong Kong, wearing a black jacket, white shirt, bell-bottomed jeans, and high heels. Tiếp tục đọc “Narcos: the hidden drug highways linking Asia and Latin America”

In Latin America, Big Brother China is Watching You

The uptake of Chinese surveillance technology in the region sparks fears it could be subverted both by local governments and Beijing

BY RAQUEL CARVALHO,  SCMP 

Chinese surveillance technology is being used by Latin American countries for everything from fighting crime to monitoring natural disasters – but critics fear it could be used for darker purposes, too.

Without sufficient checks, the technology could provide authoritarian regimes with “something they have previously only dreamed about: a massive ability to sanction persons who engage in political or social behaviours disapproved of by government”, warns a recent study by the Centre For Strategic and International Studies. Tiếp tục đọc “In Latin America, Big Brother China is Watching You”

Venezuela’s crisis explained from the beginning

Aljazeera

A look at the country’s ongoing protests against the government of President Maduro and the current political situation.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, saw almost daily demonstrations from April to June, some of which turned violent.

The opposition accuses President Nicolas Maduro of moving towards a dictatorship, and want him to resign. But Maduro says the opposition is conspiring with foreign entities, specifically the United States, to destabilise the country.

Here is how it all started. Tiếp tục đọc “Venezuela’s crisis explained from the beginning”