- An article on the nuances and shortcomings of seeming progress on the War on Drugs in Colombia.
- A treatment of Colombia's and Peru's economic rise.
- An oversimplified treatment of the prosecution of politicians and public servants responsible for crimes from the 1980s and 1990s (which glaringly omits the fact that, though it was indeed the M-19 guerrilla movement that occupied the Palace of Justice in 1985, it was the Colombian Army that rolled tanks into the country's main plaza and bombarded the building until it burned to the ground).
- A brief discussion of the tensions between Colombia's current President and its Vice President.
- And finally an insufficiently-nuanced look at the silly spat between Nicaragua and Colombia over coastal waters.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Many things Colombia according to Robert Valencia
I am posting a number of articles on different Colombian issues, all written by a Robert Valencia who works in the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. He seems to be a Colombian or Venezuelan expat living in the US, which makes for generally accurate but not very detailed accounts of the issues he covers. That said, it is nice to see some basic coverage outside of Colombia on the topics that have been major issues here. So here goes: