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

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Should Help Broker a Peace Deal in Gaza

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Carlos F. Torres

The world should call on Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia, to help reach a deal in Gaza. Why Mr. Santos and why Colombia, so far away from t...

'Colombia Will Have Peace Without Impunity': Santos

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Adriana Aristizábal

During the speech that acknowledged Juan Manuel Santos' victory, he spoke about the peace process with the FARC and the ELN and said that without the weight of the conflict Colombia will be a great nation.

Colombia's Peace Talks with FARC: A Political Conspiracy?

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

The future of Colombia had never been so dark and uncertain. Two years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos embarked the country into a negotiation process with the terrorist organization FARC in Habana, Cuba.

Colombian Presidential Election: What Is at Stake for the Colombian People?

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Adriana Aristizábal

Will they have impunity? Will they be integrated into the political system without punishment? Or, is there a price to be paid?

Colombian Peace Process and Cease-Fire Gets Big Boost From International Legislators

Dan Kovalik | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

At a critical juncture for the Colombian peace process, 245 lawmakers from the U.S. Congress, the Irish and UK Parliaments, and the Northern Irish Assembly have sent a letter of support to the Colombian government and FARC peace negotiators.

Colombia Rebel Group Releases Rap Video

AP | Posted 05.14.2014 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's largest rebel group is trying to rally support for peace talks with a new rap video. The fast-paced video that b...

Colombian Hacker Arrested For Allegedly Trying To Sabotage Peace Talks

AP | CESAR GARCIA | Posted 05.07.2014 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities arrested a suspected hacker for trying to obtain information to sabotage government peace talks with Colombia's ...

Northern Irish Travel to D.C. to Advocate for Colombian Peace and Cease Fire

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The Northern Irish directly confronted the concerns of those in the U.S. who claim that somehow the FARC are not worthy negotiation partners because of the human rights violations they have committed during the course of the conflict.

U.S. Assassination Program in Colombia & Why We Are Learning of This Now

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The U.S., therefore, instead of focusing on a military strategy which objectively puts itself on the side of the Colombian paramilitaries, should instead be supporting those brave souls in Colombia who are struggling for peace at the risk of their very lives.

How The CIA Reportedly Helped Colombia Kill Rebel Leaders

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A covert CIA program has helped Colombia's government kill at least two dozen leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombi...

Colombian Rebels Halt Peace Talks

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 10.23.2013 | World

HAVANA — Colombia's largest guerrilla army temporarily walked away from peace talks with the government Friday over President Juan Manuel Santos...

Hidden Trade Risks for US Big Business in Colombia

Robert Shaw | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Shaw

John Kerry's trip to Colombia last week builds on President Obama's renewed efforts to deepen relations with Latin America but hidden in his security and trade agenda lie many unanswered questions for U.S. exporters around the pitfalls of starting a business in the midst of an on-going conflict.

Colombia-FARC Peace Talks Center On Integrating Rebel Army Into Government

AP | ANNE-MARIE GARCIA | Posted 08.10.2013 | World

HAVANA -- Colombia's government and its largest rebel army have begun building agreements on the guerrillas' eventual political integration if peace t...

How Illegally Mined Materials Make Their Way Into Cars And Smartphones

Bloomberg Markets Magazine | Posted 08.08.2013 | Business

It’s a sweltering day in March, and Javier Garcia slogs through the dense undergrowth in a remote stretch of the Amazon jungle in southeastern Colom...

Colombian President: Ex-Marine's Release Will Not Be Media Show

AP | Posted 07.24.2013 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia's president says he refuses to let the country's main rebel group make a media event of the release of a 26-year-old form...

Colombian Leader Vows Retaliation After FARC Kills 19

AP | Posted 09.20.2013 | World

BOGOTA, Colombia — President Juan Manuel Santos promised decisive retaliation Sunday after Colombia's main rebel band killed 19 soldiers in a si...

Colombian Rebels Say They're Holding US Ex-soldier

AP | CAMILO HERNANDEZ | Posted 09.19.2013 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia — A former U.S. Marine who Colombia's main insurgency says it "captured' a month ago in a turbulent southeastern region is not ...

Northern Irish Lend Their Expertise to Colombian Peace Process

Dan Kovalik | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Dan Kovalik

It was quite appropriate that leaders from Northern Ireland joined the Cubans in Havana last week in assisting with the peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC guerillas.

U.S. Army To Use Soap Operas In Fight Against Colombian Rebel Group

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

The U.S. Army seems to have a new solution to the half-century long violence propelled by Colombia’s insurgent guerrilla group -- soap operas. Well,...

Colombia Strikes Deal With Rebels

AP | ANNE-MARIE GARCIA and PAUL HAVEN | Posted 05.27.2013 | Latino Voices

HAVANA -- The Colombian government and the country's biggest rebel group announced an agreement Sunday on one of their main bones of contention, land ...

Can Colombia and the FARC Make Peace?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The nearly half century of war between the government of Colombia and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) that left over half a million Colombians dead and three million displaced may finally be coming to an end.