06 Feb 2019

Experts: Capturing Cartel Leaders Increases Violence, Does Not Reduce Flow of Drugs

Since the 1990s, U.S. strategy in the war on drugs has included massive sting operations focused on the top leaders of cartels. The unintended consequences of these takedowns, argues some working in the sector, is that cartels fragment into smaller groups who then war with each other, perpetuating and even

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21 Jan 2019

Car Bombing Strikes Police Academy, Killing at Least 21 in Colombia

While FARC has been largely demobilized as a unified militant entity since a landmark peace deal in 2016, the National Liberation Army (ELN), another Marxist rebel group in the country, has taken their place as the largest guerrilla organization. And since the FARC demobilization, the ELN conflict has increased. Most

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15 Jan 2019

Small group of Marines, sailors complete ‘first step’ in building long-term Latin America task force

The U.S. is slowly strengthening a multinational task force in Latin America whose role spans from natural disaster to security responses. 2018’s exercises saw the first time officers from foreign partner countries were integrated into the command staff, when a Colombian officer served as deputy commander of the task force.

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09 Jan 2019

Illegal deforestation spikes in Colombia: How FARC prevented deforestation and the government cannot

Although FARC groups have been largely demobilized in the two years since the peace deal they signed with the Colombian government, the government has been unable to prevent escalation in illegal activities that impact the country’s forests, an escalation that is heavily driven by the fallout of a demobilized FARC.

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08 Jan 2019

Colombia: One human rights advocate killed every three days

Community leaders and human rights advocates in Colombia are being assassinated at a rate of roughly 1 every 3 days, the highest rate in the world, since the 2016 peace agreement with FARC. 5 out of the 6 most dangerous countries for these killings are in Latin America and include Guatemala,

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03 Jan 2019

Colombia Investigates a Possible Plot to Assassinate President, Official Says

“Colombia is investigating a possible plot to assassinate President Ivan Duque that may involve Venezuelan nationals arrested while carrying ‘weapons of war,’ according to a top official. Without providing evidence or any further details, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes posted a 90-second video on Twitter Saturday night that said Colombia’s intelligence

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28 Dec 2018

Latin America grapples with migrant exodus that looks set to worsen in 2019

“About 3.3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 and the United Nations estimates about two million more, from a population of 32 million, could follow in 2019. Every day, about 5,000 Venezuelans leave home, according to the United Nations, in one of the biggest exodus of people in modern

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13 Dec 2018

Colombia’s Gulf Clan crime gang declares holiday ceasefire

Colombia’s largest criminal syndicate has declared a ceasefire for Christmas and New Year, encouraging other organizations to follow suit as well. “We declare a unilateral ceasefire of offensive military action nationally in all of the areas where we are present, between Dec. 8, 2018 and Jan. 10, 2019. We invite

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21 Nov 2018

U.S. Military Targets Growing Russian and Chinese Influence in Latin America

“U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, returning from a trip to Colombia, said over the weekend that the Trump administration is making a push to strengthen alliances across Latin America as part of an effort to counter rising Chinese and Russian influence in the United States’ backyard.

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25 Sep 2018

Venezuela’s Maduro accuses Chile, Colombia, Mexico of helping drone attack

Having arrested at least one in connection with the failed suicide drone attack against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan government has accused the governments of Chile, Colombia and Mexico of supporting the attackers through their embassies, asserting what he claimed to be “convincing” evidence of Chilean, Colombian, and Mexican

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