Colombia

Country Colombia
Capital Bogotá,D.C.
Continent South America
Currency Peso(COP)
Languages Spanish & English

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Introduction

Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A four-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government and violence has been decreasing since about 2002, but insurgents continue attacks against civilians and large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. However, neighboring countries worry about the violence spilling over their borders.

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Colombia - Wikipedia
Colombia - CIA World Fact Book
Colombia - BBC
Colombia - National Geographic
Colombia - Timeline - BBC

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Colombia's coca growers are trapped between forced eradication and a lack of alternatives - Equal Times

Equal Times

Colombia's coca growers are trapped between forced eradication and a lack of alternatives
Equal Times
The same journey takes drug traffickers less than an hour by speedboat. In Tumaco, the region with the highest number of coca plantations in Colombia, growers are resisting pressure from the government to eradicate their coca production, which has ...



Colombia: Eviction in Poor Bogota Neighborhood Ends in Fire ... - teleSUR English

teleSUR English

Colombia: Eviction in Poor Bogota Neighborhood Ends in Fire ...
teleSUR English
A town of displaced was evicted and some houses were burned to the ground in the city of Bogota.

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Russian captive makes 'Rambo-style' escape from Colombian ... - Russia Beyond the Headlines

Russia Beyond the Headlines

Russian captive makes 'Rambo-style' escape from Colombian ...
Russia Beyond the Headlines
While capturing frogs in the Choco region of Colombia in November 2016, Arsen Voskanyan was kidnapped by members of the National Liberation Army ...
In Colombia ELN rebels free two hostages - Red CrossPulse Nigeria

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Colombia native escapes danger to create new life in Stamford - The Advocate

The Advocate

Colombia native escapes danger to create new life in Stamford
The Advocate
Her chance to escape the unrest in her home country came when her long-distance boyfriend, a Stamford resident she met when he was visiting his family in Colombia, asked her to come to the United States to marry him. She dropped everything, including ...



Colombia Is a 'Smart Power' Success Story - Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Colombia Is a 'Smart Power' Success Story
Wall Street Journal (subscription)
An analogy usually works as a low-risk way to make a point. The secret is to stick to comparisons that garner near-universal support. President Trump did it in February when he talked about the need for bold infrastructure projects like Eisenhower's ...



Amnesty International Slams Indigenous Killings in Colombia - teleSUR English

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Amnesty International Slams Indigenous Killings in Colombia
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Amnesty International said that the spate of assassinations “raises serious doubts” concerning the Colombian government's ability to follow through with peace plans underway with leftist militants. Erika Guevara-Rosas, director of Amnesty International ...



Who Fights Colombia's Wars? | Jacobin - Jacobin magazine

Jacobin magazine

Who Fights Colombia's Wars? | Jacobin
Jacobin magazine
The biggest opponents of Colombia's peace process are the most removed from the reality of war. by Kieran Duffy. Colombian soldiers in 2013. Wikimedia ...

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Colombia's landmines killed or maimed 4500 civilians since 1990 - Colombia Reports

Colombia Reports

Colombia's landmines killed or maimed 4500 civilians since 1990
Colombia Reports
Almost 11,500 people, primarily soldiers, have been either killed or maimed by anti-personnel mines in Colombia, according to a report by the National Center for Historical Memory. Nearly 40% of the victims in Colombia were civilians, including 1,142 ...



Former Pablo Escobar Associate Killed in Medellín, Colombia - Insightcrime.org

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Former Pablo Escobar Associate Killed in Medellín, Colombia
Insightcrime.org
A former associate of Pablo Escobar was killed in Colombia's second-largest city, leading to speculation that he continued to traffic drugs long after the fall of the Medellín Cartel. José Antonio Ocampo, alias "Pelusa," was murdered in Medellín on ...



Colombia's Guerrillas Come Out of the Jungle - The New Yorker - The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Colombia's Guerrillas Come Out of the Jungle - The New Yorker
The New Yorker
Carlos Antonio Lozada, a FARC commander, tries to guide his former fighters back into society.
Foreign tourists forced to spend 3 days with dissident FARC guerrillas in east ColombiaColombia Reports

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