Category Archives: Civil Conflict in the Americas

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-Colombia’s FARC has announced a cease-fire as peace talks to end a nearly-50 year civil war take place between one of the largest guerrilla forces and the Colombian government. -In an ironic twist of history, Spain has asked Latin American … Continue reading

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-Former president and convicted human rights violator Alberto Fujimori is planning on asking for a pardon from his prison sentence due to health issues in a move that would undo years of efforts for justice for the victims of his … Continue reading

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[Still] More on Peace Talks between the Colombian Government and the FARC

Last week, I had some thoughts on Colombia’s announcement of peace talks with the FARC, the first since the late-1990s. The issue is one of the specialties of Adam Isaacson, who specializes in security issues and Colombia over at Just the … Continue reading

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On the Colombian Government’s Peace Talks with FARC and the Issue of Paramilitary Groups

After unconfirmed reports started emerging this past weekend, yesterday Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos confirmed that the Colombian government will hold peace talks with representatives from the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), a guerrilla group that has been one of … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Conflict in the Americas, Colombia, Drugs and the Drug Trade in the Americas, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionárias de Colombia (FARC), Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, Human Rights Issues, Latin American Militaries, Paramilitary Groups, War in Latin America

On This Date in Latin America – August 22, 1982: The El Calabozo Massacre in El Salvador

Last December, I commented on the 30th anniversary of the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador. While that massacre has received broad international and historical attention, it is tragically far from the only incident of state terrorism and widespread human-rights … Continue reading

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Yet More Paramilitary Ties to Colombian Ex-President Álvaro Uribe

Yesterday, Colombian ex-general Mauricio Santoro, one of former president Álvaro Uribe’s security chiefs, pled guilty to ties with right-wing paramilitary terrorist groups while avoiding facing charges of drug trafficking (in which paramilitary groups are also involved). Given how many top-ranking officials from the Uribe … Continue reading

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Logging, Social Conflict, and the (Absence of the) State in Mexico

The New York Times ran an excellent piece recently on the indigenous community of Cherán in the Mexican state of Michoacán. There, the cartels’ use of illegal logging has devastated not only the environment but the livelihood of the community, and … Continue reading

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-A report suggests that, in Mexico, at least 64 indigenous dialects are facing a “high risk” of extinction. -In Brazil, police arrested eighteen people connected to the murder of Guaraní leader Nisio Gomes, who was murdered last November after his … Continue reading

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On This Date in Latin America – July 18, 1992: The La Cantuta Massacre in Peru

Twenty years ago today, the La Cantuta massacre in Peru occurred, when a military death squad operating under the administration of Alberto Fujimori kidnapped, murdered, and “disappeared” the bodies of one university professor and nine university students. The context of the … Continue reading

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-In an issue that could shape the presidential election in the US, a new poll suggests that Florida voters overwhelmingly support President Barack Obama’s announced immigration reform policy. –Workers at Brazil’s GM plant went on a 24-hour strike over reduced … Continue reading

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