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October 7, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Construction at Brazil’s Nuclear Sub Shipyard Slows

Construction activity at Brazil’s Itaguaí nuclear submarine shipyard continues to show signs of slowing, a review of recent satellite imagery suggests. Initially, Brazil was to have its naval shipyard and co-located submarine base ready to start initial vessel construction by 2016. As we moved along the project timeline, the country’s economic troubles and scandals made…

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February 25, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Geolocating Mexican Sicarios in Chihuahua

On April 08 2015, the person behind the “La Polaka” Youtube profile posted this video (YouTube). It features an unidentified cameraman walking alongside a resting convoy of about 15 vehicles and 50 heavily armed men wearing assault gears, military fatigues or civilian clothing. As the cameraman is cheering the column, radio communications can be heard between a group leader and “Meny” – likely an advanced element of the commando, scouting for possible enemies or security forces. One can hear the cameraman repeating “Animo, sicarios” which can be translated as “let’s go get them, hitmen”. The scene was reportedly filmed during late fall 2014, prior to clashes with a rival gang. Based on what can be observed in the video, it is possible to pinpoint the exact location of the deadly convoy.

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August 22, 2015

By Aliaume Leroy

Rastreando Relojes Suizos en Sinaloa: Las 5 Marcas Más Populares Entre Los Narcotraficantes Mexicanos

François Pilet (L’Hebdo) and Aliaume Leroy. English to Spanish by Diego Recinos .  For the article in English In the old days, discretion was the rule to follow for drug kingpins in Mexico. Take the example of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, known as “the world ‘s most powerful trafficker.” The 60 year old man appears…

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August 7, 2015

By Aliaume Leroy

Tracking Swiss Watches in Sinaloa: Top 5 Luxury Brands Among Mexican Drug Lords

By François Pilet (L’Hebdo) and Aliaume Leroy Spanish Version In the old days, secrecy and discretion were the rule for Mexican drug lords. Take Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, for example. Known as “the world’s most powerful trafficker,” the 60 year old only appears on a handful of pictures. He does not need to cultivate his fame,…

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May 3, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Venezuela’s Aframax Tanker Still at Iran’s Sadra Shipyard

Looks like Iran was unable to deliver the Sorocaima, its first indigenously-built Aframax tanker, to Venezuela after all. Previously, we thought that Iran may have pulled it off. Historical imagery from April to October 2014 did not show the vessel berthed at the shipyard suggesting it had been delivered. But instead, it apparently dropped anchor off…

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