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AUC

The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia - AUC) was a coalition of right-wing death squads that used the conflict to...
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Book Reveals the Business of Colombia’s Paramilitaries

A Colombian think tank has published a book about the business networks used by paramilitary group the AUC, showing how the militia managed to gain funds and...
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3 Years on, Colombia Lacks Answers from Extradited Paramilitaries

To mark the third anniversary of the extradition of 14 of Colombia's former top paramilitary commanders to the U.S., Verdad Abierta has released a report which asks...
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Chiquita’s Paramilitary Payoffs Detailed in Trove of Declassified Documents

Confidential internal memos from Chiquita Brands International reveal that the banana giant benefited from its payments to Colombian paramilitary and guerrilla...
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Colombian Elections and the BACRIM Threat

Colombia will hold elections for mayors, governors, state assemblies and city councilors in October. The approach of the local elections raises the perennial threat...
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Fake Colombian Demobilization Stories Explain Rise of BACRIMs

Paramilitary commanders have said that the demobilization of some elements of the AUC was faked, with the blessing of government officials, undermining official...
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InSight: Colombia’s Land Reform Plan Targets Trouble Spots

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos has been widely praised for his grand plan to return swathes of land to the country’s massive population of internal...
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RawFeed: WikiLeaks Casts Old Light on New Problem

WikiLeaks is a curious, multilayered beast. On the surface, the diplomatic cables reveal "secrets." But perhaps more importantly, they give us context and meaning...
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6,000 Demobilized Paramilitaries have Returned to Crime

A report from Colombia's National Commission for Reparation and Reconciliation (CNNR) this week says 6,000 demobilized members of the right-wing paramilitary groups...