Santrich would have been one of the nearly dozen of members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) terrorists to receive uncontested congressional seats as part of a “peace deal” between the terrorist group and Bogotá brokered by the communist Cuban government. The FARC also attempted to launch a candidate in this year’s presidential election—the official leader of the group, alias “Timochenko”—but Timochenko dropped out of the race after suffering a heart attack last month. He did not poll above 2 percent during the time he was actively campaigning. … [Read more...] about Colombia: FARC Peace Negotiator, Lawmaker-to-Be Arrested on Drug Charges
But Claudia López, Fajardo’s vice presidential running mate, still believes her ticket has a pretty good chance at making it to the second round. “Today we have reached this point trying to become the first alternative power in Colombia that doesn’t belong to traditional families or political parties,” López told Newsweek. “We are sure that we can make it, our campaign is growing and we believe that Colombians will help us reach the second round where we’ll defeat [Senator] Alvaro Uribe’s candidate, Iván Duque, who is very likely to get to the runoff as well.” … [Read more...] about Who Will Win Colombia Presidential Elections? What You Need to Know About The Battles To Come
El tráfico global de cocaína enriqueció a los traficantes locales e internacionales y ayudó a financiar y extender las actividades de las FARC. Pero no benefició así a los campesinos productores de la hoja de coca. Ellos seguían, y siguen, bastante pobres. Más aún, durante los tres años de negociación para la paz —reporta recientemente la Junta Internacional de Fiscalización de Estupefacientes de las Naciones Unidas— los cultivos de coca en Colombia han crecido en un 39%, de 69,000 hectáreas en 2014 a 96,000 en 2016. … [Read more...] about En Colombia, la coca triunfará sobre el café (o la miel) por una simple razón comercial
No one wants to return to the horror of war. But in addition to that, the Constitutional Court issued a ruling which stated that during the next three governments, no president and no parliament can issue decrees or pass laws that go against compliance with the agreements. … [Read more...] about Colombia: irreversible peace?
Colombia's former rebel movement, FARC, is facing heavy losses in legislative elections. It needed to win over a hostile electorate who some say are resentful many of the group's former commanders are not in jail for human rights abuses. Martha Lucia Marquez, director of the Pensar Institute at Javeriana University in Bogota, says the right wing coalition rejects the peace accord while the left wing coalition defends the agreement. "What the experts say is that accords are bullet proof, but it doesn't mean there can't be initiatives to obstruct some of the measures relating to their implementation,” she explains. Farc had previously temporarily suspended its election campaign, saying its candidates were the target of right-wing elements determined to block its entry into electoral politics. Victoria Sandino, former FARC commander and senate candidate explains: “There were WhatsApp chains. People gave their personal data. They were picked up to take them to events and … [Read more...] about The Latest: Uribe warns against left in Colombia election