Tag: FARC

The FARC’s announcement to halt kidnapping: why?

The FARC’s announcement last Sunday that the organization will no longer kidnap civilians was a surprise to most observes and experts of the region. The mainstream media has…

Different Means, Same Ends

Oil production in Colombia is a popular topic these days. Domestic production levels are at an all time high, and Colombian state-owned oil behemoth Ecopetrol is considering selling…

Business as Ideology

Boz has a very good post about the apparent “lack of ideology” when analysts describe drug trafficking organizations. Occasionally some analyst will say that the drug cartels have…

Scare Tactics in Colombian Presidential Elections

Soft on Terrorism. The well-worn phrase is one that the US public has grown accustomed to. Like nationalism, it is a tactic that political campaigners use in attempts…

Venezuelan-Colombian Relations at World Politics Review

Diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela have been at the front lines since a Spanish judge accused Venezuela of assisting FARC rebels on March 1, two years to…

Tradtional Advertising, Non-tradtional Brands: Colombia’s Ministry of Defense and The Government of Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli

Colombian Government Spends Money to Talk to FARC Rebels Advertising Age, a leading trade in the advertising industry, published a story on its front page during the week…

Colombia’s FARC rebels. Headed for defeat or hunkering down?

Withering military pressure by President Álvaro Uribe’s government has forced Colombian’s largest leftist rebel group, the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), to dig itself even deeper into…

The War on Drugs: Eradication of Colombia’s Indigenous People

The deadline for the FARC to return the slain bodies of the 27 Awa indigenous community members killed earlier this month expired at 6:00 PM on February 23,…

The use of the Red Cross in Operation Jaque: Why did it take a leaked video for us to find out?

It was CNN that first reported on July 15 that a military officer had apparently used the Red Cross emblem during Operation Jaque. CNN had seen a tape…

Colombia as Israel and the Andes as the Middle East?

On March 3, Venezuelan President Chávez called the Colombian government the “Israel of Latin America” stating, “we aren’t going to permit Colombia to become the Israel of these…

The Crisis Has Been Overcome?

After six days of tension which led some to fear inter-state armed conflict in the Andes, the conflict was declared “overcome” by Presidents Uribe, Correa, Chávez, and Ortega…

Raúl Reyes 1948-2008: Internal and Regional Implications

Early Saturday morning, the Colombian armed forces bombed a target on the Ecuadorian side of the Colombian-Ecuadorian border where they believed Raúl Reyes, the second in command of…

February 4 vs. March 6: Moving Toward Peace or Creating Divisions?

On February 4, 2008, millions of Colombians stepped out to the streets to protest against the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). In Bogotá some streets were abandoned…