Regions / Colombia
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.
After five months of waiting, Colombians received news last week that former presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt, was indeed alive.
The roots of Colombia's conflict are deep and complicated, and will require a creative mix of strategies to solve it.