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Drug Seizures in Tumaco Make the 'Pacific Pearl' Colombia’s Cocaine Capital

Drug Seizures in Tumaco Make the 'Pacific Pearl' Colombia’s Cocaine Capital

The vast majority of Colombia's soaring cocaine production has apparently passed through a single municipality, Tumaco, over the first few months of year. What makes this region so strategic, and who has the biggest stake in its criminal bounty?

Colombia Court Ruling Spells Trouble for FARC Peace Process

Colombia Court Ruling Spells Trouble for FARC Peace Process

A ruling by Colombia's Constitutional Court has created an opportunity for opponents of the country's peace process with the FARC to sabotage the implementation of the accords, potentially fueling dissent among the guerrilla ranks as well as violence and uncertainty in the underworld.

Venezuela Suspends Border Governor After He Speaks Out on Crime

Venezuela Suspends Border Governor After He Speaks Out on Crime

The governor of a Venezuela border state who frequently pointed out criminal activity by Colombia's rebel armies on his part of the frontier has been banned from public office for 15 years by the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

Dissident FARC Guerrillas Kidnap UN Official in Colombia

Dissident FARC Guerrillas Kidnap UN Official in Colombia

Dissident elements of Colombia's FARC rebel group reportedly kidnapped a member of a United Nations delegation, signaling the breakaway faction's intention to continue its armed struggle even as the guerrilla demobilization moves forward.  

FARC Dissidence Could Grow Amid Missteps in Peace Deal Implementation

FARC Dissidence Could Grow Amid Missteps in Peace Deal Implementation

A statement apparently authored by dissident fronts of Colombia's FARC suggests some guerrillas remain committed to continuing the group's armed political struggle in spite of a recent peace agreement with the government -- or perhaps more accurately, because of issues with its implementation.

Murder of Ex-FARC Casts More Shadows on Colombia's Peace

Murder of Ex-FARC Casts More Shadows on Colombia's Peace

A former FARC guerrilla has been murdered in Colombia's embattled southwest department of Nariño, a reminder of the political and criminal risks faced by the former combatants as they demobilize and the country struggles to transition towards peace.

Over 100 FARC 'Militias' Hand Themselves in to Colombia Authorities

Over 100 FARC 'Militias' Hand Themselves in to Colombia Authorities

Over 100 individuals who self-identified as FARC militias have handed themselves over to authorities in Colombia, raising the issue of how to properly incorporate this subset of the guerrilla army into their ongoing demobilization process. 

The possibility of ending nearly 50 years of civil conflict is in sight. While the vast majority of the Colombian public want to see peace, for themselves and especially for their children, the enemies of the peace negotiations appear to be strong, and the risks inherent in the peace process are high.