Wednesday, December 13, 2017
28 November 2017 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, Elections Chile: Results in the first round of Chile’s presidential elections, on November 19, confounded all the pollsters. Sebastián Piñera, candidate for the Chile Vamos coalition, universally tipped to win and possibly to gain an absolute majority in the first round, slid to only 36.5%. Alejandro Guillier, standing for Nueva Mayoría, and the intended...
Brigadier General Gustavo Moreno is sitting behind a wide desk in his air-conditioned office. It overlooks the parade ground of the police compound which sits vacant, belted by the midday sun. A receptionist brings in cups of weak, sugary coffee that Colombians call tinto. As the police commander for ‘Region Five’, General Moreno is in charge of security for one...
Without addressing crucial elements of the original agreement, the revised peace deal risks not living up to expectations in Colombia. It has been a year since the Colombian government and FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebel leader ‘Timochenko’ signed the agreement to end more than 50 years of conflict in Colombia. It was a historic moment. Since then, we...
¿La paz es ahora? Questions of peace and violence in Colombia An ambitious conference at Newcastle University in September 2017 examined the nature of violence in Colombia, as the signing of the peace agreement poses a myriad of questions in the post-conflict situation. Alba Griffin, Martha Borras Guevara and Diana Morales prepared this report for LAB. Last year’s signing of a...
Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, Protest art in Latin America Louise Morris, a member of LAB’s Editorial Team who travelled to Central America for us at the end of 2016 to collect interviews for our forthcoming book Voices of Latin America won a commission from the BBC to record an exciting series of three programmes on protest art in Latin America,...
Main image: Community leaders, military and San Pablo municipal delegates meet. Photo: Jaskiran Kaur Chohan Just over a year ago many Colombians and observers around the world were perplexed as to how a country could vote against peace. After that night of short-lived highs and interminable lows the ‘Yes’ camp, in tears and despair, looked for ways to keep the...
As the city rises up the development index, Bogotá’s waste services are undergoing structural transformation. Rachel Simon learns how Colombia’s waste-picking recicladores are fighting to play their part as services are commercialised, and to do so with better pay, recognition, and conditions. This article was first published in Resource Magazine. You can read the original here. Mention Colombia and the first...
This report by Nasim Chatha for Truthout was first published on July 22 2017. You can read the original here. The new federal penitentiary in Santa Barbara, Honduras, occupies a strip of land between a highway and cloudy, forested hills. "El Pozo," or The Pit, as it's known, is surrounded by barbed wire and has two additional checkpoints beyond the...
As peace activists, we have become too accustomed to share bad news. However, on this occasion I’m glad to be able to say that, while there are still many challenges, we are on the right path towards building peace in Colombia. The oldest insurgent group in the Americas, FARC-EP (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia- the People’s Army), no longer...
This has been a historic year for Colombia, with the signing of the peace accords in September 2016 and the continent’s oldest guerrilla group, FARC-EP, laying down its arms and becoming a formal political party. The process has had many sceptics. Questions abound about how effective implementation will be and many city dwellers doubt whether the peace accords have...

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