The Legacy of Colombia’s Peacemaker

Juan Manuel Santos leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in Colombia’s modern history. On August 7, the presidency of Juan Manuel Santos — Colombia’s peacemaker — comes to an end after two terms in office. Santos, who turns 67 on August 10, has stated in numerous...

The World This Week: Peace in Colombia After 52 Years of War

September 04, 2016

A ceasefire between Colombian forces and FARC brings 52 years of civil war to a close thanks to a reformist president and assistance from Cuba and the US. Every week throws a cornucopia of events. This writer struggles with the abundance of choice. After all, Donald Trump went to Mexico, Dilma...

The Colombian City of Vistas, Graffiti and Caribbean Culture

May 07, 2016

Cartagena, a port city in northern Colombia, shows the history and diversity of Latin America. Colombia is captivatingly emblematic of Latin American traits that everyone associates with the region even without visiting it: a football fervor that paralyzes life and business nationwide...

Colombia Peace Deal Could Be a Model for Other Conflicts

October 12, 2015

The peace deal in Colombia is not only a welcome surprise after 50 years of war, it’s also groundbreaking. That offers hope for other countries in conflict. On September 23, the Colombian government made a major breakthrough in its negotiations with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de...

Colombia Leads by Example in the Americas

August 10, 2015

The leadership of President Juan Santos has become a model for other nations in the Americas to follow. Despite criticism of appeasement from pundits, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has pragmatically led his country through a difficult era and currently has it poised to reach lasting...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report

November 19, 2013

Fair Observer's extended report of the week's events. This is the second weekly commentary on key developments across the globe titled “Make Sense of the World: Weekly Report.” We will pick out the most important events, trends and...

Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup

November 19, 2013

Fair Observer's roundup of the week's events. This is the second weekly commentary on key developments across the globe titled “Make Sense of the World: Weekly Roundup.” After much feedback, we are playing around with the format and...

Colombia: A Step Back for Gay Marriage

May 19, 2013

A campaign against discrimination has been launched by gay activists in Colombia. Denying civil rights to a specific group in society, resembles the struggle against anti-Semitism and the African-American civil rights movement. In 2005, the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero...

The New General Victims’ Law in Mexico: Stories and Silences

May 11, 2013

Mexico's new General Victims' Law has been widely acclaimed, but some critics quietly wonder: might criminality itself profit from a society that tends to equate "citizen" and "victim"? The Emerging Society of Victims "Draw the scaffolding so that the last step of the ladder comes in...

A Coup Over Land: The Resource War Behind Paraguay’s Crisis

August 05, 2012

How the struggle for land in Paraguay dominates the political events as well as the political agenda in the country. Each bullet hole on the downtown Asunción, Paraguay light posts tells a story. Some of them are from civil wars decades ago, some from successful and unsuccessful coups, others...

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