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08.10.2016

Colombian President Wins Nobel Prize for Peace Accord, Days After Deal Loses National Referendum

Colombian President Wins Nobel Prize for Peace Accord, Days After Deal Loses National Referendum

We go to Bogotá to get reaction to the selection of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner for his role in pursuing a peace deal to end the nation’s 52-year-old civil war. The move comes after Colombians rejected the peace deal just this past… »

06.10.2016

Behind the NO Vote in Colombia

Behind the NO Vote in Colombia

Everyone is trying to understand what happened in the referendum to ratify the Colombian peace agreement. A few questions immediately come to mind. Why did so few people vote (only 32%) and why did 50.2% vote NO to a peace agreement after 52 years of conflict? The issue needs to… »

03.10.2016

“Idiotes” in Ancient Greece and today. The Colombia debacle

“Idiotes” in Ancient Greece and today. The Colombia debacle

Idiotes was the word used in Athenian democracy to describe those only preoccupied with their own, selfish interests, concerned almost exclusively with private, as opposed to public, affairs. They declined to take part in public life, such as democratic government and voting in the Citizens Assembly. They were also seen,… »

03.10.2016

Colombia: We need to learn peace

Colombia: We need to learn peace

On the 2nd of October, the International day of Nonviolence, the people of Colombia went to the polling stations.  After the agreement signed between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC on the 26th of September after four years of negotiation, Colombia had to decide between YES or… »

26.09.2016

Bolivia’s External Debt is Only 19 percent of GDP

Bolivia’s External Debt is Only 19 percent of GDP

La Paz, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) At the end of last July the balance of the Bolivian public debt medium- and long-term reached six thousand 811 million dollars, which represents only 19 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP ). This percentage is below the limits set by international bodies… »

25.09.2016

Colombia: real peace in an era of phony war

Colombia: real peace in an era of phony war

While a “new Condor Plan” is rumoured to be stalking the region, Colombia might need more than a sideways glance from self-absorbed neighbours in the years to come. by Ivan Briscoe for OpenDemocracy On a rough count over the month of August, six coups were said to be under… »

24.09.2016

Safe with ‘oligarchs and imperialists’ in US, Brazil’s new President admits coup plot

Safe with ‘oligarchs and imperialists’ in US, Brazil’s new President admits coup plot

Ousted President Dilma Rousseff wouldn’t enact austerity roadmap, so “a process was established which culminated with me being installed as president of the republic,” Temer says. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams Proponents of her ouster argued that former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff… »

23.09.2016

Colombia Peace Process in London

Colombia Peace Process in London

Peace Sign to support the Colombian Peace process, Burgess Park, London The Colombian community in London met on 18/9/16 to reaffirm its commitment to the peace process and for a video link with Colombia to receive information from Taylor Valbuena, Adviser to the Office of the High Commissioner for… »

16.09.2016

Prosecutors Allegations Against ex-President Lula put Brazil’s Justice System on Trial

Prosecutors Allegations Against ex-President Lula put Brazil’s Justice System on Trial

Allegations by prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol against former Brazilian President Lula, recycling discredited claims that he secretly owned a beach apartment in Guarujá and alleging that he presided over a massive corruption scandal, are putting Brazil’s justice system itself on trial, according to the ITUC.Allegations by prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol against former… »

13.09.2016

Madres de la Plaza de Mayo support Women’s Boat to Gaza

Madres de la Plaza de Mayo support Women’s Boat to Gaza

Every Thursday, more than two thousand Thursdays ago, at Plaza de Mayo at 3pm, right in front of the Government House in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the mothers who protest against the disappearance of their daughters and sons during the last dictatorship that ruled the South American country have been meeting… »

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