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Has the threat of "narco-terrorism" in Latin America been inflated?
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Weekly InSight: Narco-Terrorism in Latin America, How Real Is the Threat?

In our August 10 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke with Simon Fraser University Research Associate Benoît Gomis about the myths and realities...
The ELN is conducting peace talks with the Colombian government
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Despite Peace Talks, Colombia’s ELN Guerrillas Continue Expansion

When Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, officially becomes a political party, their cousins in the ELN will assume the status of Colombia's most powerful...
Colombia's government has set ambitious coca eradication goals
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Colombia’s New Crop Substitution Plan Facing Old Obstacles: Report

Colombia's government has declared an ambitious plan to eradicate 100,000 hectares of coca crops by the end of the year, but an analysis of the program so far casts...
ELN commander-in-chief Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista, alias "Gabino."
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ELN Peace Talks Stumble Once Again over Kidnapping Issue

Peace negotiations between Colombia's government and the ELN guerrilla group have backtracked once again due to the issue of ongoing kidnappings by the rebels,...
Colombia's Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas
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Colombia Defense Minister Offers Dubious Statistics on ELN Weakening

Colombia's defense minister announced that a questionably high number of ELN guerrilla fighters had been "neutralized" this year, in what appears an attempt by the...
Liborio Guarulla, governor of Amazonas
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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...
11 ELN members were captured in Venezuela
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Alleged ELN Members Captured in Venezuela

The arrest in Venezuela of alleged ELN members is a reminder of the value of the neighboring nation as a safe haven to Colombia's rebel group. Its rearguard use has...
The ELN's peace talks risk falling on deaf ears
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Colombia Army Says Powerful ELN Bloc Opposed to Peace

Colombia's government has admitted that a key ELN faction is opposed to the peace process. But while this singles out the most overtly rebellious front, there are...
Luis Alberto Ortíz Cabezas, alias "Pepe"
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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...