The type of illegal activity corporations and government employees who approve contracts get involved in, make drug smugglers look like choir boys in the type of atrocities they will become involved in.
The murder of Domingo Julio Gómez Franco of the Spanish Embassy in Bogota in 1998, was an event that touched me particularly hard, and brought the realities of the daily life in Colombia to the Spanish expat community, crashing down on them.
This is a historic moment where a single vote could possibly shape the course of Turkey's bloodiest conflict and its future regime type, with repercussions beyond the country's borders. With so much hanging on the outcome, this is also a crucial test for Turkey's embattled electoral system.
Madagascar's recent election, on Dec. 20, 2013, offers important lessons for western policymakers seeking to repair broken democracies. The Indian Ocean island may seem politically irrelevant, but the lessons it can teach us should not be ignored.