Saturday, January 1, 2005 - 00:00
On July 13, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law an emergency bill giving Colombia $860 million “to seek peace, fight drugs, build the economy, and deepen democracy.” The U.S. and Colombian governments sold the aid package as the U.S. contr
Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 00:00
Colombia - and not Mexico, as was the case four years ago - will be the first Latin American country to get a bilateral visit from George Bush after his reelection. This shouldn't surprise us: there are very few governments in the hemisphere that have pol
Sunday, August 1, 2004 - 00:00
Here in the United States, nearly all the members of Congress, NGOs and journalists who normally pay attention to Colombia are distracted by the presidential campaign and the never-ending flow of bad news from Iraq.
Thursday, April 1, 2004 - 00:00
IN AUGUST 2003 COLOMBIA AGAIN became the center of lavish attention from Washington,DC government officials. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Richard Myers, Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman, and Director of the White H
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - 00:00
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe visits Washington, D.C, seeking assurances of continued American military aid. A U.S. program that gives Colombia's armed forces about $10 million a week to help battle drugs and terrorism is due to expire next year.
Saturday, March 1, 2003 - 00:00
More than three years of frustrating negotiations had come to nothing. That morning, an elite unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia — FARC), the larger of two leftist insurgent groups active in
Tuesday, October 1, 2002 - 00:00
Against all evidence, on September 9 the U.S. State Department certified that the Colombian Armed Forces are making progress on three human rights criteria,a condition for receiving more U.S. military aid. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and th
Tuesday, April 2, 2002 - 00:00
With peace talks broken down, Colombia has plunged into all-out war with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), one of the world's largest and most brutal insurgencies. Washington's response is a bipartisan rush to offer "counterterror&qu
Monday, April 1, 2002 - 00:00
In its most recently published report, the CCJ found that political violence in Colombia claimed 3,538 lives between April and September 2000—twenty people per day. As recently as early 1998, the CCJ was reporting ten political murders per day. Fed by a
Sunday, January 13, 2002 - 00:00
Two years ago, when the United States was debating the $1.3 billion "Plan Colombia" aid package, we often heard a curious argument: "military aid will speed negotiations by forcing the FARC to negotiate in good faith."