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Colombia’s Choice: ‘Fascism’ or ‘Protest Vote Without Program’

June 15, 2018

As Colombians vote in the presidential run-off election this Sunday, they face a stark choice between the far-right/fascist candidate Ivan Duque and the center-left Gustavo Petro. Even though the center-left has enough votes, infighting could very well keep Petro from winning, says Manuel Rozental of pueblosencamino.org

Colombia Makes a Historic Shift in First-Round Presidential Vote

Colombia Makes a Historic Shift in First-Round Presidential Vote

May 29, 2018

For the first time in decades a leftist candidate, Gustavo Petro, has made it to the run-off with a real chance of winning the presidency, if other centrist parties agree to support Petro, says Prof. Mario Murillo

Colombia's Presidential Race Wraps Up: Leftist Has a Real Chance

Colombia’s Presidential Race Wraps Up: Leftist Has a Real Chance

May 24, 2018

Colombians will choose a new president in a first-round vote this coming Sunday. Gustavo Petro, the candidate of a coalition of left parties, has a good chance of making it to the run-off, but the obstacles to the presidency are still very large, says Prof. Mario Murillo

Colombia’s Conservatives Make Gains in Congress Vote Amid Fraud Allegations

March 13, 2018

Low turnout and fraud allegations mar Colombia’s congressional vote, which gave conservatives a greater control over the legislature. If right-wing Ivan Duque also wins the presidency in May, it would spell the end of Colombia’s peace process explains Mario Murillo

As Colombia’s Presidential Campaign Heats Up, Peace Accord Frays

March 1, 2018

Colombia’s former rebel group FARC suspended its presidential campaign because political violence in Colombia continues unabated. Meanwhile, leftist candidate Gustavo Petro is pulling ahead in the crowded presidential race, explains Prof. Mario Murillo

Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC on the Brink of Collapse

February 19, 2018

The peace agreement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed last year is on the verge of collapse, as violence against social leaders and former FARC fighters continues unabated

Paramilitary Forces Threaten to Derail Colombia’s Peace Agreement

January 12, 2018

The peace agreement commits the Colombian government to dismantling paramilitary groups–but authorities aren’t taking action, Tom Power reports from Colombia

Colombian State Escalates Violence Against Activists

October 14, 2017

Coca cultivation and the lack of alternatives to escape poverty continue to lie at the root of the ongoing violence in Colombia, despite the peace accords, explains Mario Murillo of Hofstra University

Peace In Colombia

May 10, 2017
The Colombian government’s peace agreement with the FARC rebels requires the government to protect activists and former FARC fighters, but their government is not living up to this requirement, says Prof. Mario Murillo