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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...

Colombian President Wants U.S. To Remove FARC From Terror List

AP | Carolina Moreno | Posted 01.29.2016 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Juan Manuel Santos is asking the United States to remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia from its l...

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...

Colombian President, Rebels Reach Breakthrough In Talks

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 09.24.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the country's largest rebel group announced on Wednesday an imp...

A "Peace Community" Tries Nonviolent Resistance in Colombia

Nikki Drake | Posted 06.22.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 ...

Colombia Peace Talks With FARC Suspended

AP | JOSHUA GOODMAN | Posted 01.16.2015 | World

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A massive search operation was under way Monday for a Colombian army general whose surprise capture by leftist rebels prompt...

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.

Barbs and Darts But No Bombs or Bullets Will Mark Congressional 'Debate' Over Paramilitary Violence in Colombia

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Carlos F. Torres

The upcoming parliamentary "debate" between two leading political figures in polarized Colombia promises to be as riveting, intense and nasty as riveting, intense and nasty can get.

It Increasingly Looks Like Peace Will Have a Chance in Colombia

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Carlos F. Torres

At a time when violence and killing seem to break out everywhere around the world, an increasingly strong beam of hope is being cast from Colombia where a 60-year old conflict between the government and marxist guerrillas may be coming to an end.

UN World Food Programme in Ecuador: Helping Colombian Refugees Transition Amid Poverty and Risks

Nick Sexton | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Nick Sexton

"There is a huge difference between having the food vouchers and not having them. For us it has been a great help because we arrived here in Ecuador empty-handed. We didn't know where we were going nor what we were going to do."

The Elusive Road to Peace in Colombia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.12.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Colombian President Santos staked his job on finalizing a peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas. Voters rewarded him with a mandate in June's run-off election, giving him a decisive victory over right-wing challenger Oscar Zuluaga.