Search Results for "Colombia" : 14

by / on May 2, 2007 at 9:14 pm / in Cover Story, Issue, Latin America, Main Menu, World

Chiquita Massacre

…se fantasy as a metaphor for everyday life. It could be an imagined story that references the violent history of Colombia and the country’s seeming inability to learn from its experiences. Yet as those who visit Colombia will realize, Marquez describes Colombian reality much more often than one would think, and this case is no exception: in Colombia, banana companies help pile people like bananas. In 1928, roughly ten thousand workers of the Unit…

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by / on April 20, 2012 at 8:00 am / in Opinion, World

Contradicting Colombia?

by The somewhat grandiosely titled the “Summit of the Americas” (SoA) concluded this week in sunny Cartagena, Colombia. The regional meeting included 44 of the Western Hemisphere’s heads of state – with the awkward and controversial exception of Cuba. As we have learned to expect from these large-scale, feel-good summits, little was accomplished. The meeting ended without a formal joint declaration – which is not to say that it was ber…

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by / on July 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm / in Opinion, World

Colombian Unrest Indicates Fundamental Instability

by from Wikimedia Commons The Alto de Berlin hill in Toribio, Colombia, witnessed quite a peculiar event on July 17. The troubled region has been a battlefield between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian army for the past five decades.  The endless conflict has resulted in many casualties, but on Wednesday, one group decided it had had enough of being in the crossfire. This isolated incident might indic…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

by In 2008, President Barack Obama had a clear idea for Latin American foreign policy. The Bush administration, distracted by events in the Middle East, had pursued a harmful hemispheric policy of blustering unilateralism and neglect; Obama, conversely, would pursue a “new partnership” with the Americas, one marked by cooperation and mutual interests. His subsequent election was heralded throughout Latin America as an opportunity to r…

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by / on April 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm / in Issue, Middle East, World

Israel/Palestine Debates

…ille expansion, the people of Palestine by the Israeli state, and peasants by state and paramilitary violence in Colombia, where she is from. She hopes to return to Colombia to support social movements fighting this dispossession. She can be reached at ip2230@columbia.edu   Julia Salazar, CC ’14, is a History student, focusing on the modern Middle East with a concentration in Jewish Studies. While staying in the Palestinian Territories last year,…

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by / on May 12, 2010 at 11:29 pm / in Issue, Latin America, Main Menu, World

Borderline Dysfunctional

by Picture a world where the whistle of bullets drowns out the chirping of birds. Where army units patrol violent, poverty-stricken streets. Where farmers walk among fields of poppy, hoping a successful harvest will provide for their families. Where mothers of lost sons gather and pray that each new day may bring a resurrection of peace. This is not a distant snapshot, but a reality close to home. Welcome to the world of narcocultura….

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by / on March 24, 2012 at 11:59 am / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Umm… lo siento, no entender. No hablar español!

by Standing on the beach in Brazil, a Portuguese speaking country, my friends and I roll our eyes and strain to stifle our laughter as the family of American tourists behind us attempts to brush away a persistent beach peddler. How bad were they? Frankly, typing a tilde over the “n” in their pronunciation of español would be quite generous. As the joke goes, “What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you cal…

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by / on October 4, 2012 at 12:35 am / in Opinion, World

This Sunday, Chavez vs. Opposition – Round Four

…, the youthful and energetic Henrique Capriles is a strong contender and has made important pledges like helping Colombian peace talks with the FARC. Capriles went as far as to call Venezuela “an accomplice of the guerrillas” and met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia. Capriles also wants to distance himself from Iran and others of Chavez’s “allies.” He even promised to stop buying expensive weaponry from Russia and boldly asked “…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:52 am / in Cover Story

Grooming the Globe

…egrity. The firm contracted a US lobbyist to interact with Congress on behalf of the Philippines. Similarly, the Colombian government in 1991 hired the same firm to help better its image in the USA and be its “eyes and ears” on America’s perceptions of Colombia. Political consultants can change public opinion and affect foreign policy. It is not surprising that US consultants are the most effective, it seems, in influencing the politics of their…

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by / on August 9, 2012 at 10:24 am / in Opinion, World

President Mujica Hopes to Manage Marijuana

by photo from Wikimedia Commons Jose Mujica, Uruguay’s notoriously rebellious president, has recently proposed what some may call a radical bill, legalizing and monitoring marijuana sales, with the government becoming the sole legal seller. For President Mujica, this bill, far from being outrageous or amoral, is simply an “anti-crime” measure: Monitoring marijuana production and sale would greatly reduce the criminality surrounding th…

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