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The outcome of Colombia’s 2022 presidential election came from a very unorthodox place, with each of the final two contenders distancing himself from warmongers on all sides of the political spectrum.
The U.S. State Department announced on Tuesday that it will remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from its list of designated terrorist organizations. The updated list will include two dissident groups that were formed as offshoots of the FARC.
After having arrested all viable opposition candidates in the last six months, Daniel Ortega will win his fourth consecutive term on Sunday. After the international community failed to implement any measures to ensure a fair election, the opposition launched a campaign urging Nicaraguans not to vote.
“Get rid of this stigmatization that has us as terrorists.”
Over 200 demobilized guerrillas have been killed since the 2016 Peace Accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) as a multitude of other illegal armed groups spread and grow. In October, the new FARC political party led a pilgrimage for life and peace across the country to demand that the Peace Accords be implemented and the violence stop.
Until peacekeeping actors and Washington security “experts” can come to this realization and put adequate pressure on the Colombian government for developing meaningful, state-centered reform to mitigate poverty and inequality, peace will not be attained.
On Tuesday, the rural community of Santa Lucía in northern Colombia held a ceremony to grieve the death of another ex-combatant.
When journalists called to ask him what this decision meant for him and thousands of other ex-combatants, Gonzalo Beltrán said he would remain on the side of peace. “We continue in the struggle, we continue to work,” he said he told reporters.
President Iván Duque will present the information his government has collected to the UN General Assembly this month.
BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — The top peace negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced Thursday that he and a cadre of hardline supporters are taking up arms again, accusing President Iván Duque of failing to uphold the accord that sought to end a half century of bloody fighting.
Under Iván Duque’s leadership, the government’s progress on fulfilling its commitments to peace has slowed to nearly a standstill.
The decision prompted the resignation of Attorney General Néstor Humberto Martínez, who protested the tribunal’s decision as an affront to the rule of law.
The kidnap apparently took place last week, either on Wednesday or Thursday, allegedly before the three journalists that the group had in its power were killed.
The arrest was for allegedly conspiring to traffic cocaine and was ordered after a New York grand jury handed down an indictment on Jesús Santrich and three other co-conspirators.
The end of this 53-year-old war conflict was unthinkable five years ago. But it is real now.
The Guardian has been granted rare access to the FARC, whose ranks have shrunk to small number of hardliners skeptical of the most recent attempts at peace.
Biden’s Border Crackdown Explained: A Refugee Law Expert Looks at the Legality and Impact of New Asylum Rule
The Conversation asked Karen Musalo, an expert on refugee law at the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, to explain what the Biden administration’s new asylum rule change entails, what its impact will be and why it is so controversial.
A wrap-up of this week’s most important and interesting Latino news and views from around the world and the across the internet.
A rundown of the Latino-centric news from the first week of the new year.
Senior editor Hector Luis Alamo gives a rundown of some of the facts, bits of news, real histories, and actual lies he came across during the past week.