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Hurricane Matthew Devastates Hispaniola; Takes Aim at Southeast US

Hurricane Matthew quickly strengthened into the first Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Basin since 2007 and left widespread destruction in Hispaniola. Haiti, in particular, faces a humanitarian crisis after Matthew hit the impoverished island nation with force.

Coping with the Fear of Flying

Air travel has become a routine part of modern life and is one of the safest modes of transportation. However, fear of flying is a growing phenomenon with which many people have to learn to cope regardless, due to job requirements or family needs. The growing number of people exhibiting fear of flying has been attributed to the increasing number of people flying and the increasing perception of security and health concerns associated with air travel.

Drug Trafficking Landscape in Mexico: Looking Ahead to 2017

As a follow on to our August 17th Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) in Mexico security preparedness webinar, we'll explore the rivalry between two of Mexico's most powerful DTOs and provide a forward-looking analysis of how the drug trafficking landscape might change over the next year. 
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Live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Fast Facts on Security and Health Preparedness for the 2016 Olympics

With just four days until Opening Ceremonies on Aug. 5, preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games appear to be on schedule.  While security, civil unrest, transportation, and health concerns persist, Brazilian authorities have implemented the city's security and transportation plans adequately.

Zika virus News in the Americas

During May-June, Zika virus transmission has continued to taper off in some areas including Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela where Zika virus case reports had previously been particularly high. In Colombia, for example, where officials have reported 89,962 suspected cases and 8,826 confirmed Zika virus infections as of July 9, disease activity has steadily decreased every week since early April.

Live from Rio: Protesters Serve as Welcoming Committee at Galeo International Airport

iJET Americas Intelligence Analyst, Abbott Matthews is on the ground in Brazil to cover the Rio 2016 Olympic Games throughout August. Stay tuned for related iJET alerts and Olympic Briefs in the Daily Intelligence Briefing beginning Aug. 5.
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LGBT Travelers Could Face Risks During 2016 Olympics In Brazil

In Rio de Janeiro, the primary location for the majority of the 2016 Olympics events, LGBT travelers are likely to be safest in areas with a high concentration of LGBT venues and in mid- to upper-class neighborhoods but should maintain a low profile if attending the Olympic events or visiting parts of Rio other than areas along the southern beaches.

Challenges for Transgender International Travelers

After a series of high-profile incidents between Transportation Security Agency (TSA) agents and transgender travelers in mid-2015, LGBT rights organizations and travelers report that security processing during domestic travel has become less fraught. However, the way security personnel at airports outside the US treat transgender individuals is inconsistent, leading to situations where transgender international travelers still face insensitivity and confusion, such incidents can be emotionally difficult and disruptive to travel.

A Cidade Maravilhosa: Will the Olympic Games live up to Rio de Janeiro's nickname?

Rio de Janeiro’s nickname, the Marvelous City, is coming under fire as the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games approach. On June 17, Rio de Janeiro State Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles did the improbable: declared an economic state of emergency with just 49 days until opening ceremonies. Fearing a “total collapse” of the public security, transportation, health, and education infrastructure, Dornelles essentially filed for a state’s version of bankruptcy. To avoid possible strikes and protests that could disrupt the Games, the federal government was forced to step in and provide BRL 2.9 billion (USD 868 million) to the state.

LGBT Travel Advice: Marriage and Immigration When Traveling

LGBT travel advice for married same-sex travelers is nearly impossible to provide across the board as laws on homosexuality and social acceptance vary from country to country. Let's take a look at some helpful guidelines for global LGBT travelers who are asked the question "are you married?"

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