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Peace talks focus on agriculture

March 2nd, 2013 by | Leave a comment

Delegates of the Colombian government and of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas have concluded the third round of peace talks in Havana,  Cuba.  The first item of the agenda is agrarian reform, and both sides left this … Continue reading

A statue in Segovia

A statue in Segovia

November 3rd, 2011 by | 4 Comments

The statue towers over the main square of Segovia, Antioquia, one of the principal mining centers of Colombia. Segovia is the site of countless acts of violence in the past and a current, festering conflict between the traditional miners of … Continue reading

The role of guerrillas and the new criminal syndicates in the pell-mell opening of new mines has made Antioquia — the department, or province, whose capital is Medellín — one of Colombia’s deadliest and most environmentally devastated regions.

Conflict Gold in The New York Times

April 16th, 2011 by | Leave a comment

Armed groups, both guerrillas of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the smaller ELN (National Liberation Army) and neo-paramilitary militias  are financing themselves through gold mining in Colombia. This article by Simon Romero of the NYT reports on … Continue reading