Eric Blaustein

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The cocaine industry has a lot riding on Colombia's peace deal | VICE News

Colombians took to the streets this week to celebrate a peace accord that promises to end a war that has killed hundreds of thousands, displaced millions over five decades — and helped fuel the country's booming cocaine industry.<p>The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a guerrilla group known by …

Colombian Rebels Announce Final Conference of Peace Talks

BOGOTA, Colombia — Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group's political strategy without weapons.<p>"The historic importance of …

Paraguay guerillas wipe out army patrol, days ahead of Colombia ceasefire

Members of an obscure rebel group have killed eight soldiers in Paraguay just days after leftist guerrillas and Colombia reached an historic peace …

Wars are easier to start than stop. So how did Colombia do it – and what can the world learn from that breakthrough?<p>It’s far easier to start a war than stop one, especially when the conflict has lasted longer than many people have been alive, making peace an unfamiliar prospect.<p>But Colombians …

South America

The Observer view on the peace agreement in Colombia

In a world where good news is often a rarity, the peace accord struck last week between Colombia’s government and the leaders of the country’s main Marxist rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), stands out. The deal, four years in the making, brings to an end an era of …

Geopolitics