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Colombia: Learning To Love Soccer Again

Pedro Pizano | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Pedro Pizano

Today, Colombians have much to celebrate. As President Juan Manuel Santos signs a cease-fire with its oldest guerrilla group, the country is overrun by soccer fever.

Colombia's FARC Rebels Sign Historic Ceasefire With Government

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.23.2016 | World

HAVANA/BOGOTA, June 23 (Reuters) - Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels signed a historic ceasefire deal on Thursday, bringing them tantalizi...

'War Was All I Knew Then' -- Former Colombian Child Soldier Speaks Out

UN Women | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
UN Women

I've lived among weapons since I was born. In December 1994, my mother and other relatives were killed during military operations by the Colombian Government against the FARC-EP. This event, which I survived, changed my life.

Colombia Fears U.S. May Reject Peace Plan To Protect Pharma Profits

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Colombian Embassy is concerned that lowering the price of a major cancer drug may jeopardize American funding for peace talks in the...

Colombia's Road to Peace

Camila Mendoza | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Camila Mendoza

 In 1991 Colombia was a war zone. Pablo Escobar, one of the worlds most notorious drugs lords, had unleashed a campaign of terror in order to fight ...

Colombia: Ethnocide and Political Violence on the Rise

Dan Kovalik | Posted 03.28.2016 | World
Dan Kovalik

While Colombia, the U.S.'s staunchest ally in the Hemisphere, is held out as some beacon of democracy in Latin America, the facts on the ground tell a very different story. Of course, you will rarely hear those facts, or about Colombia at all, given the general laziness and slavishness of our main stream media, so here they are.

Will New U.S. Aid Address Damage Caused to Colombia's Rural Communities?

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.13.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

A rose-tinted view of Plan Colombia severely neglects the detrimental humanitarian toll it has had on the country's rural poor. If the United States is to be effective in supporting its South American ally during its peaceful transition, "Peace Colombia" demands a better understanding than its predecessor of the local realities in the areas where its efforts and dollars are likely to be focused.

Blessed are the peacemakers

Sarah Stephens | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Sarah Stephens

Blessed are the peacemakers, it says in Scripture - and the peacemakers seem to converging in Havana. This Friday, the leaders of Roman Catholicism a...

2016 Will Be Colombia's Year, and Why It Matters

Alex Fattal | Posted 01.04.2016 | World
Alex Fattal

In 2015, news of Syria's globalized civil war and the mobilization of ISIS recruits dominated the international sections in U.S. newspapers. In contrast, Colombia's civil war, which has been winding down, has received much less attention.

In Venezuela, the Heroic Opposition Is on the Right Side of History

Jorge "Tuto" Quiroga | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Jorge

CARACAS, Venezuela -- In the span of a few hours the 17-year stranglehold of an opprobrious regime on Venezuelan voters was broken, democracy could breathe again, tears were shed, flags waved and in the land of Bolívar the tide of history turned. Things will not be transformed overnight, but they will never be the same again in Venezuela or Latin America: change has come and it is here to stay.

A New Day in Colombia

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Colombia has paired the economic momentum with institution building. The country's democracy has rapidly matured. Yet, there is no guarantee that this momentum will continue. Any future success would greatly benefit from Colombia successfully implementing a peace agreement with domestic guerillas.

Violence in Colombia: An Infographic from El Molino Online

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Carlos F. Torres

El Molino Online publishes the infographic below on the staggering toll of this violence. It's based on data painstakingly and very courageously gathered by the Centro Nacional de la Memoria Histórica.

Devil Is in the Detail of Colombian Justice Deal

Paul Seils | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Paul Seils

While the FARC agreement is a most welcome and unexpected surprise, it is much too early to say that it is capable of delivering the kind of truth and justice that Colombia must provide to its injured citizens.

Could the Peace Deal in Colombia Be a Model for Other Conflicts?

The Conversation US | Posted 10.10.2015 | World
The Conversation US

After 60 more days, the FARC will lay down its arms, setting the stage for the end to the conflict by mid-2016. This is good news for Colombians, of course. But the peace agreement is also worthy of wider attention because it represents new thinking on how to end old conflicts.

Will Angela Merkel Win The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize?

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 10.07.2015 | World

Nelson Mandela. Malala Yousafzai. Martin Luther King Jr. Another leader will join that prestigious group when the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Pr...

A "Peace Community" Tries Nonviolent Resistance in Colombia

Nikki Drake | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Nikki Drake

We are now more than two years into the Colombian peace talks. Meeting in Havana, negotiators for the Colombian government and its principal antagonist, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), have been trying to agree upon an intricate deal to end the country's long-running armed conflict.

Women Build Peace in Colombia

UN Women | Posted 06.03.2016 | Impact
UN Women

Nelly Velandia is a rural leader from Nuevo Colón, a village in central-eastern Colombia, who joined the agrarian movement at a young age. Seeing that those most affected by violence and inequality were women, she joined the National Association of Indigenous and Peasant Women of Colombia.

As Colombia Nears Peace Accord, The Question of U.S. Culpability Looms

Dan Kovalik | Posted 06.21.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

Due to the good journalism of Colombia Reports as well as FAIR, there has been some attention given to the scandal of U. S. military and military contractors sexually assaulting young women and girls in Colombia.

Human Rights Nightmare Continues in Silence in Colombia

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

While the press continues to vilify Venezuela, to the exclusion of any Colombian coverage, Colombians are actually seeking safe haven in Venezuela -- an irony worth noting.

Mr. Uribe, Hop on Board!

Martin Santos | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Martin Santos

Peace has been and will always be the most desirable and yet difficult achievement that any leader can aspire for his fellow citizens. Peace requires courage, perseverance, taking risks, and yes, engaging with the enemy across a table.

Number of Colombian Victims of Civil Conflict Surpasses 7 Million: Media Unimpressed

Dan Kovalik | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

A tragic milestone went virtually unreported in the English-speaking press last week, as Colombia's Victims Unit released its report indicating that the number of victims of Colombia's civil war has now surpassed 7 million.

Colombia's President Hopes FARC Rebels Will Release Hostages Next Week

Reuters | Posted 01.22.2015 | World

BOGOTA, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he hoped next week to secure the release of five captives, including an army ...

Colombian Rebels Agree To Free Kidnapped General

Reuters | Nelson Acosta and Helen Murphy | Posted 01.19.2015 | World

HAVANA/BOGOTA, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Colombian Marxist rebels agreed to release an army general captured by their comrades over the weekend, a move tha...

FARC Urges Continuation To Peace Talks After Confirming Army General's Kidnapping

Reuters | Posted 01.18.2015 | Latino Voices

(Recasts, adds comment, background) By Rosa Tania Valdés and Helen Murphy HAVANA/BOGOTA, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Colombia's ...

Cuba, Praised for Increased Vigilance against Terrorist Finance, Remains on US Terror List

Sarah Stephens | Posted 12.30.2014 | World
Sarah Stephens

Last Friday, The Financial Action Task Force congratulated Cuba -- along with Argentina, Ethiopia, Tajikistan and Turkey -- for taking such strong actions to police its financial system that it will no longer be subject to the monitoring of its efforts against money-laundering and terrorist finance.