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Militias grab Colombia’s best land

Much of the world has seen Colombia’s heartbreaking civil conflict as a clash between illegal armies of the left and right, or a battle for control of the global cocaine industry. Tens of thousands have died. But the real prize is land. Since the early 1990s, right-wing paramilitary militias have seized from peasant farmers an estimated 26,000 square miles — an area larger than West Virginia that comprises about a quarter of the country’s arable land, much of it sitting atop oil or valuable minerals. Full Story

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