Search Results for "Colombia" : 17

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 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 September 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm / in Latin America, Matthew Michaelides, Web Columnists, World

The Case Against the Cuban Embargo

…doctors and medical expertise to Venezuela and Brazil, in addition to having worked in recent years to help the Colombian federal government negotiate a peace with the revolutionary FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia  People’s Army)  forces. Cuba also participates in important regional organizations like the Rio Group and CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States), of which it is a founding member.  In this inclusio…

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by / on September 28, 2014 at 11:41 am / in Europe, Web Columnists, World

World Leaders Forum: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg

…ntion are great.” One of Norway’s most notable roles in foreign intervention and mediation is in the conflict in Colombia, where the Colombian government struggles against FARC, a guerrilla force that has in many places violently wrangled power from the government and funds itself in part with cocaine sales and revenues from kidnapping. The conflict, ongoing for over fifty years, has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, crippled the Colombian eco…

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