Tag Archives: security

“Love and peace.” That was Lopez Obrador’s message after two police officers were decapitated by the Sinaloa Cartel in 2006. And it was not an exception. During the 2005-2006 presidential campaign, Lopez Obrador either refused to talk about El Chapo and his cartel, or blamed the government for the drug-related killings, exonerating the narcos. In… Continue reading

Lopez Obrador was a radical proponent of a zero tolerance approach on drugs during his term as Mexico City mayor. He campaigned for the Mexico presidency in 2006 vowing to use the military to fight cartels. But then, in a striking turnabout, Lopez Obrador began to argue for the complete opposite. Running again in the… Continue reading

The Uzbek version of the KGB, the National Security Service (SNB), was modeled after the secret police of the Soviet Union. When Rustam Inoyatov, himself a former KGB agent, was appointed head of the SNB in 1995, the special service was already a fearsome institution. But it was Inoyatov who transformed the SNB into the… Continue reading

On 12 September 2017, 23 international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and Transparency International, asked US Government to impose financial sanctions and visa restrictions on Rustam Inoyatov, the head of Uzbekistan’s National Security Service. NGOs accused Inoyatov of being directly responsible for arbitrary detention, torture and other serious abuses. In… Continue reading

The city of Manchester was hit by a gruesome terrorist attack that targeted a largely popular venue – the Manchester Arena – where fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert. The attack, orchestrated by the now named British-Libyan national Salman Abedi, aged 22, killed 22 people including children and injured more than fifty-nine others. It… Continue reading