Regions / Colombia
It looked peaceful on the surface. But as Laura Carlsen reports, the Colombia elections were anything but.
Bogotá and Washington are negotiating an agreement for five military bases in Colombia that would escalate the U.S. military's presence in the region.
Organizing is still a life-threatening proposition in many workplaces around the world.
In seven days, the Andean region went from the brink of war to a grudging peace. But as columnist Laura Carlsen reports, all is still not well.
The U.S. Military reconfigures its unpopular presence in Latin America.
Colombia is full of drugs, guns, and human rights violations. Why is the United States still giving it military aid?
Violence and warfare in Colombia are often blamed on the drug trade, but their roots run much deeper and go back well over five decades.
U.S. officials have sought to relax restrictions on intelligence sharing with Andean governments at a time when these provisions need to be strengthened.
The Bush administrations Andean Regional Initiative (ARI)largely an expansion of U.S. support for Plan Colombiapassed the House of Representatives in late July, largely intact.
The explosion of U.S. military interest and funding for Plan Colombia, occurring in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from military bases in Panama in December 1999, has given rise to a proliferation of new U.S. bases and military access agreements in the region.