“Queens of the Breakers” by The Barr Brothers (2018).
“Queens of the Breakers” by The Barr Brothers (2018).
supuesta “campaña de falsedades” que “adelanta Colombia” y Estados Unidos
The migrant men have told authorities there was no attack on the agent who killed Claudia Patricia Gómez González, according to the Guatemalan Consul
The committee released statistics showing that 2,654 children had been separated from their parents under the zero-tolerance policy. The panel said 2,337 had been reunited with parents
Soldiers are not itching for power. More likely, they would restrain Jair Bolsonaro
Levantamento inédito contabilizou relatos de agressões e ameaças contra pessoas em 18 estados e no DF nos últimos dez dias; 6 apoiadores do candidato do PSL também foram agredidos
Bolsonaro’s recent surge has also seen him gaining support across social and cultural lines, including from some unlikely-seeming celebrities
Between them, Eduardo and Jair Bolsonaro have sent more than 50 Venezuela-themed tweets this year, most flagging up the supposed socialist threat to Brazil
Luego de conocerse la petición de la ONU de retirar a los militares de los barrios de Medellín, EL COLOMBIANO consultó en la Comuna 13 sobre el tema. Allí prefieren la presencia militar
Members also voiced concern over the departure of several former FARC members from training and reintegration zones, emphasizing the urgent need to ensure the resumption of economic activities in affected areas on a larger scale
Our policy with regard to CICIG in Guatemala has not changed. The United States supports CICIG reforms, as has been noted previously, and we maintain that position
It is unclear whether MPs will be patrolling the beaches, as they do at some other Mexican resorts
Precisó que el primer día de su mandato, 1 de diciembre, lanzará una convocatoria pública a los jóvenes para sumarse a esas instancias y desde allí contribuir “a serenar al país”
Durante tres días, los integrantes de la CMDA abordaron temas como ayuda humanitaria, perspectiva de género, protección ambiental y resiliencia climática, evolución en el papel de las fuerzas armadas y búsqueda y rescate
La escritora Gioconda Belli manifestó que la censura mediática del régimen de Daniel Ortega es mayor que en la dictadura somocista, porque en el pasado los periodistas tenían acceso a los juicios políticos y no existía un monólogo
The Councilor said he was being “threatened” and told that the only way he could get out of prison was to name Julio Borges, the exiled leader of Primero Justicia, as the organizer of the drone attack
In Washington, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement condemning “the Maduro regime’s involvement” in Alban’s death
Indicó que este será un cuerpo policial “muy especializado” que se ocupará de “atender la realidad en la frontera” y hacer frente a una
I’ll be reachable in the mid- and late afternoon. (How to contact me)
I have a full complement of meetings, calls, and interviews until mid-afternoon, after which I’ll mainly be helping prepare for the arrival of the large group of Colombian colleagues who’ll be here next week to participate in a conference and lots of side meetings.
“Young and Angry Again” by Lori McKenna (2018).
From Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept:
Last week, one candidate from Bolsonaro’s party, Rodrigo Amorim, shocked and disgusted even some far-right supporters. Wearing a t-shirt with a pistol pointed forward, he took, destroyed, and then on social media proudly displayed an unofficial street sign made to commemorate the life of Marielle Franco, the black, LGBT human rights activist from the favelas who, as a leftist City Councilwoman, was assassinated in March, with her police-linked killers still apprehended. …The last line of his social media post – now deleted – read: “Get ready left-wingers: your days are numbered if we’re in charge.”
Last night, Amorim not only was elected to the State House in Rio, but was the most-voted candidate in the state. The other Bolsonaro-aligned candidate promoted there, Daniel Silveira, an officer with Brazil’s military police, was elected to the Federal Congress.
I’m hard to reach today. (How to contact me)
Ever have most of your meeting requests and commitments gravitate toward one day on your calendar? That’s today for me. I’m in meetings and conference calls continuously, with perhaps a half-hour break, between 9:00 and 7:00 today. I’ll be hard to contact and barely checking e-mail. Tomorrow will be better.
Bolsonaro will have extraordinary power to act as he chooses, at least at first. After the crisis of recent years, many Brazilians see democracy as a synonym for chaos, corruption and leniency with criminals
One could write thousands of words about the equally shocking statements and actions of numerous candidates who last night not only won but won with overwhelming mandates
As I spoke with Brazilians, I found myself repeatedly ticking off the many similarities between the two countries’ trajectories. And wondering, are there common forces that produced such similar results
“El incremento de los precios internacionales del crudo hará que se aumenten las partidas provenientes de las regalías, lo que va a favorecer el PMI”
El ex funcionario, condenado por el asesinato del profesor Alfredo Correa De Andreis, permanece en este país desde 2007
Abad’s new novel, The Farm, follows a family as it struggles to live among guerrillas, paramilitaries, army soldiers and drug lords
“Es que la industria de la droga cambió. Hoy hay cultivos de 40, 50, 70 hectáreas. Que no son propiamente de un pequeño campesino, sino cultivos narcoindustriales que la única manera de poder erradicar eficientemente es mediante la fumigación”
Nearly 400,000 Venezuelans have obtained permits to legally work and access social services in the country, according to the Colombian government
Two big drug dealers. A corrupt official. The government has sought to protect the identities of witnesses against the drug lord, but some possibilities are known
Para el exlíder aimara, su despedazamiento fue la sentencia de siete años de cárcel que le dieron por los disturbios del 2011 y que el pasado 05 de octubre fue anulada por la Corte Suprema
The over 200,000 women who were violated under Fujimori have been treated as, at best, an afterthought for the past two decades
The numbers of families released into southern Arizona were so large that Catholic Community Services opened an emergency shelter in Tucson to house them
“Jewels Drossed in the Runoff” by Wild Pink (2018).
This band is playing in about an hour a couple of neighborhoods away—see you later.
“Blink Blank” by Guided By Voices (2018).
With the office closed, I’m intermittently available today. (How to contact me)
It’s Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day, and WOLA’s office building is closed. So is my kid’s school. So I’ll be at home alternating between “family time” and writing a big report about Colombia.
“Once In My Life” by The Decemberists (2018).
Here’s the latest. It’s got links to three analyses of Colombia I published last week. A conference announcement. Event announcements, music, and links to some great writing by others.
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I’m really looking forward to having this group here. RSVP here, at WOLA’s website.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Root Room, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,
1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC
Two years after Colombia signed a historic peace accord with the FARC, Latin America’s largest guerrilla group, much is uncertain. Amid uneven implementation of the accord, armed and criminal groups—some made up of demobilized guerrillas—are filling territorial vacuums and encroaching on ethnic-minority communities. Murders of independent social leaders have reached epidemic proportions. A new president who had led opposition to the accord seeks to make adjustments. Complex transitional-justice cases are just getting started. Coca cultivation has reached new records. Negotiations with the ELN guerrilla group are stalled. Meanwhile, most messages from the U.S. government are about coca and the crisis in neighboring Venezuela—not consolidation of peace.
WOLA is pleased to bring to Washington a remarkable group of leaders, practitioners, and experts from Colombia. They will dive deeply into these and other current challenges in an all-day event, open to the public.
Light lunch, coffee, and simultaneous translation will be provided. Video will be available at WOLA’s website (wola.org) after the event.
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Coffee
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Panel: Colombia’s Transitional Justice System
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Panel: Coca, Eradication, Substitution
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Panel: Security Dynamics, Peace Accord Implementation, and the ELN
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.