Informal Buyers and Sellers

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Ricardo Swire

Not long ago an internal security law enforcement tactical team seized a valuable supply of high-powered rifles at Rio de Janeiro–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, the weaponry was shipped from Miami, Florida on the Atlantic coast.

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Jamaica introduces ‘Bullettrax’

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Ricardo Swire

More than 70% of Jamaica’s murders involve either illegally imported guns or ammunition. Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security recently introduced BULLETTRAX to improve forensic ballistic technology used by local security agencies, especially the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

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The Business of War

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Ricardo Swire

The superpower ideological divide that previously structured world conflict is now obsolete. Governments in America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East have unconventionally turned to private military companies to intervene in conflict on their behalf.

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A Symbiotic Relationship

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Ricardo Swire

The rise of Caribbean crime is characterized by use of more powerful weapons, resulting in higher mortality levels. The illegal guns and drugs trades form a symbiotic relationship, a dualism that has caused an increased display of violent aggression throughout Caribbean communities.

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The Iron Pipeline

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Ricardo Swire

Last week the world waited with bated breath as Americans voted in a history making fifty-eighth quadrennial presidential election. Concurrently US based traffickers relentlessly tested Haitian Customs and Judicial authorities’ detection capabilities. Shipping firearms violates US laws, especially one that specifically bans gun exports to the destabilized Caribbean nation.

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