The Dream

The first-ever leftwing president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, 63, promised to make his country into a more equal society when he won office two years ago. Now the former guerrilla fighter and mayor of the capital of Bogota is struggling to maintain the public’s support. He...

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Push, Pull

Thousands of Colombians took to the streets of major cities this week to protest against President Gustavo Petro’s proposed reforms and ongoing security challenges in the South American country, Reuters reported. In the capital Bogota, demonstrators brandished banners reading “No more Petro!” and “Out, Petro!” as...

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Silent Treatment

Colombia’s largest remaining rebel group suspended peace talks with the government this week, creating another roadblock for President Gustavo Petro’s efforts to end the South American country’s decade-long armed conflict, Agence France-Presse reported. On Tuesday, the National Liberation Army (ELN) accused the central government of violating...

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Message Received

Colombian opposition candidates secured a series of victories in the country’s gubernatorial and local elections this week, dealing a blow to the leftist coalition government of President Gustavo Petro as it struggles with low approval ratings, Reuters reported. Sunday’s polls for mayors, governors and other regional...

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Those Left Behind

Thousands of Indigenous people protested in the Colombian capital Bogota this week to voice their concerns over the ongoing wave of violence that has disproportionately affected their communities across the country, Al Jazeera reported. Members of the so-called “Minga” – a collective movement of Indigenous people...

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Sins of the Son

The son of embattled Colombian President Gustavo Petro was arrested for money laundering and illicit enrichment this week, for allegedly taking funds from drug traffickers in exchange for including them in his father’s peace efforts to end a decades-old guerilla war, Reuters reported. Nicolas Petro, a...

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Downward Bound

Thousands of Colombians took to the country’s streets this week to protest against the policies of President Gustavo Petro, as Colombia’s first leftist leader struggles to keep his parliamentary coalition together amid internal disputes and a corruption scandal, the Associated Press reported. Tuesday’s demonstrations targeted some...

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Slow March to Peace

Colombia’s government this week suspended a ceasefire agreement with a rebel group accused of killing Indigenous people in a recent attack, another setback for leftist President Gustavo Petro’s efforts to achieve peace with the country’s armed groups, Al Jazeera reported. Officials announced they will resume attacks...

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Burdens of Power

The Colombian government negotiated the successful release of 88 hostages over the weekend who were taken during deadly protests against an oil company in the country’s south, Al Jazeera reported. Last week, thousands of protesters from farming and Indigenous communities in the Caquetá province shut down...

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Half Peace

The Colombian government agreed to a six-month ceasefire with the five largest armed groups in the country, a truce that is part of leftist President Gustavo Petro’s efforts to end decades of conflict in Colombia, Agence France-Presse reported. Petro announced the ceasefire on New Year’s Eve,...

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Rehabilitation Redux

The Colombian government and the country’s largest remaining guerrilla group are planning to restart peace talks, four years after the initial negotiations were suspended amid disagreements between the two parties, the Associated Press reported. After meeting in Venezuela’s capital this week, delegates of the Colombian government...

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Open Arms

Colombia and Venezuela formally restored relations Monday, ending a three-year-long diplomatic impasse between the two neighboring countries, Bloomberg reported. The restart of relations comes less than a month after leftist Colombian President Gustavo Petro took office. Petro – the country’s first leftist leader – vowed to...

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