<a href="http://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2015/09/28/nicolas-maduro-confirma-que-jefe-guerrillero-timochenko-viajo-a-la-habana-en-avion-venezolano/">Nicolás Maduro confirma que comandante de las Farc alias ‘Timochenko’ viajó a La Habana en avión venezolano</a>

Nicolás Maduro confirma que comandante de las Farc alias ‘Timochenko’ viajó a La Habana en avión venezolano

El presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro le confirmó al programa colombiano Noticias Caracol que el comandante guerrillero alias ‘Timochenko’ llegó a La Habana en un avión venezolano para firmar el acuerdo de justicia transicional en el marco de los diálogos de paz entre el gobierno de Colombia y las Farc…



<a href="http://colombiareports.com/colombias-justice-deal-fails-to-adequately-punish-war-criminals-hrw/">Colombia’s justice deal too soft on war crimes: Human Rights Watch</a>

Colombia’s justice deal too soft on war crimes: Human Rights Watch

A recently closed transitional justice deal between the government and FARC rebels will not adequately punish perpetrators of war crimes committed during the country’s armed conflict, according to Human Right Watch. …


<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34345872">Argentina presidential election poses economic choice</a>

Argentina presidential election poses economic choice

By Robert Plummer

No matter who wins, there is a high risk of financial chaos in South America’s second-largest economy, with many observers feeling that the policies which rescued Argentina from its 2001-02 meltdown, and $100bn (£66bn) debt default, have now outlived their usefulness. …



<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/rise-in-violent-crime-shakes-mexico-city-1443398548">Rise in Violent Crime Shakes Mexico City</a>

Rise in Violent Crime Shakes Mexico City

By Juan Montes

MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s roaring capital city, among the most populous in the Western Hemisphere, has long been considered a haven from the violent drug gangs that run unchecked across many parts of the country. But a sharp rise this year in violent crime here has many worried that the city’s favored status is in jeopardy. …


<a href="https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/09/28/colombia-dealing-away-justice">Colombia: Dealing Away Justice</a>

Colombia: Dealing Away Justice

(Washington, DC) – The September 23, 2015 agreement between the Colombiangovernment and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) guerrillas would deny justice to thousands of victims of grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law by allowing their abusers to escape meaningful punishment. While the “Special Jurisdiction for Peace” would create important incentives for violators to confess their crimes, it would also allow those responsible for mass atrocities to avoid spending any time in prison, Human Rights Watch said. …



<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-25/venezuela-economic-crisis-to-only-get-worse-barclays-says">Venezuela Economic Crisis to Only Get Worse, Barclays Says</a>

Venezuela Economic Crisis to Only Get Worse, Barclays Says

By Noris Soto

Venezuela is suffering the deepest economic crisis in its history with output expected to contract 9.1 percent this year, Barclays Plc said Friday. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/colombias-dubious-deal-with-terrorists-1443386109">Colombia’s Dubious Deal With Terrorists</a>

Colombia’s Dubious Deal With Terrorists

By Mary Anastasia O’Grady

Why President Santos won’t let voters decide the fate of his FARC peace agreement. …


<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/peace-prospect-brings-cheers-cynicism-weary-colombians-100204031.html">Colombian rebels could escape extradition in peace deal</a>

Colombian rebels could escape extradition in peace deal

By Julia Symmes Cobb and Luis Jaime Acosta

BOGOTA/HAVANA (Reuters) – A breakthrough in talks between Colombia’s government and Marxist guerrillas has raised hopes for a peace deal within six months and it may mean rebel leaders will avoid being extradited to face drug trafficking charges in the United States. …


<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/27/has-venezuelan-president-maduro-gone-insane.html">Has Venezuelan President Maduro Gone Insane?</a>

Has Venezuelan President Maduro Gone Insane?

By Jeremy Kryt

His regional warmongering may be a ploy by a desperate politician, but the successor to Hugo Chavez has grown so erratic some are calling him “the South American Hitler.” …


<a href="http://es.reuters.com/article/topNews/idESKCN0RP0FS20150925">Las FARC no entregarán sus armas directamente al Gobierno colombiano</a>

Las FARC no entregarán sus armas directamente al Gobierno colombiano

LA HABANA (Reuters) – La guerrilla de la FARC no entregará sus armas directamente al Gobierno pero sí habrá una verificación de que ya no están en su poder y de que fueron destruidas, dijo el jueves a periodistas el Alto Comisionado para la Paz de Colombia, Sergio Jaramillo. …


<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-n-court-to-hear-bolivia-border-dispute-against-chile-1443119728">U.N. Court to Hear Bolivia Border Dispute Against Chile</a>

U.N. Court to Hear Bolivia Border Dispute Against Chile

The International Court of Justice ruled Thursday that it has the jurisdiction to hear a case brought by Bolivia against Chile to resolve a long-standing border dispute between the South American nations. …


<a href="http://www.americasquarterly.org/content/colombia%E2%80%99s-next-challenge-psychologically-traumatized-society">Colombia’s Next Challenge? A Psychologically Traumatized Society</a>

Colombia’s Next Challenge? A Psychologically Traumatized Society

Following a breakthrough in negotiations with FARC guerillas on Wednesday, President Juan Manuel Santos suggested that peace in Colombia was closer than ever. But even if a deal is signed, the task of coming to terms with the psychological effects of the decades-long conflict will remain. …


<a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d207d4c4-633d-11e5-97e9-7f0bf5e7177b.html#axzz3mk8gS1VQ">Rousseff tries to shore up position with offer to coalition ally</a>

Rousseff tries to shore up position with offer to coalition ally

In an attempt to head off a growing impeachment movement in congress, the president is offering politicians of her main coalition ally, the PMDB, increased power in her cabinet in return for not supporting opposition moves to oust her. …


<a href="http://www.talcualdigital.com/Nota/118962/Hrw-Conlleva-Impunidad-El-Acuerdo-Entre-El-Gobierno-Colombiano-Y-Las-Farc">HRW: Conlleva impunidad el acuerdo entre el gobierno colombiano y las FARC</a>

HRW: Conlleva impunidad el acuerdo entre el gobierno colombiano y las FARC

El director de Human Rights Watch (HRW) para América, José Miguel Vivanco, advirtió hoy de que el acuerdo sellado ayer con las FARC conlleva impunidad para los autores de delitos graves, por lo que la Corte Penal Internacional (CPI) podría no aceptarlo. …


<a href="http://www.eltiempo.com/politica/proceso-de-paz/debate-transformacion-del-ejercito-para-la-paz/16386508">Anuncian revisión de doctrina militar en Colombia</a>

Anuncian revisión de doctrina militar en Colombia

El comandante del Ejército, general Alberto José Mejía, anunció este viernes que se realizará una revisión de la doctrina militar que actualmente se aplica en Colombia. …


<a href="http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Guyana-says-no-build-up-of-its-troops-near-Venezuela-border_19230443">Guyana says no build-up of its troops near Venezuela border</a>

Guyana says no build-up of its troops near Venezuela border

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Mark Phillips, said that there has been no increase in the number of GDF troops along the border with Venezuela in light of the recent increase of activities by the Venezuelan armed forces there. …


<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-24/smuggled-venezuelan-gasoline-fuels-an-entire-economy-next-door">Smuggled Venezuelan Gasoline Fuels an Entire Economy Next Door</a>

Smuggled Venezuelan Gasoline Fuels an Entire Economy Next Door

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has deployed thousands of soldiers, shuttered large swaths of his country’s border with Colombia and deported hundreds of migrants in his latest crackdown on contraband. He may now be starting to look at a different border where Venezuela’s almost free gasoline has been flowing liberally. …


<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2015/09/24/pellets-planes-and-the-new-frontier/">Farm to arm, perfected: How Mexican cartels fuel the U.S. heroin epidemic</a>

Farm to arm, perfected: How Mexican cartels fuel the U.S. heroin epidemic

He practiced with baby carrots, swallowing them whole, easing them down his throat with yogurt. Later came the heroin pellets, each loaded with 14 grams of powder, machine-wrapped in wax paper and thick latex. Long gone were the days of swallowing hand-knotted, drug-filled condoms. The Mexican drug trafficking organizations were always perfecting their craft. …


<a href="http://colombiareports.com/will-colombia-reach-peace-within-6-months/">Will Colombia reach peace within 6 months?</a>

Will Colombia reach peace within 6 months?

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timochenko announced on Wednesday that a peace deal will be closed by March 23, but how realistic is this? Officially, the two negotiation teams only have to agree on “Victims” and “End of Conflict,” the last two agenda points before reaching peace and a post-conflict phase during which the made agreements are implemented and FARC fighters demobilize. …


<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/opinion/even-in-jail-i-will-fight-for-a-free-venezuela.html?_r=0">Leopoldo López: Even in Jail, I Will Fight for a Free Venezuela</a>

Leopoldo López: Even in Jail, I Will Fight for a Free Venezuela

RAMO VERDE PRISON, Venezuela — ON Feb. 12, 2014, the repressive and inept elite that governs Venezuela ordered my arrest on charges of conspiracy, arson, inciting violence, damage to public property and other crimes. Later that week, after two surprise visits from the president of the National Assembly to my family’s home, it was suggested to me that I should seek refuge in a foreign embassy. …


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