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Colombian President Calls for the Suspension of Aerial Spraying of Illicit Crops

On Saturday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called for the suspension of Colombia's aerial spraying program to eradicate illicit crop cultivation. This came after the recent release of a study by the International Agency forShow More Summary

Colombia Defies U.S. and Halts Spraying of Cocaine Crops

President Juan Manuel Santos said the country would find other ways to destroy coca plants

Butterflies instead of herbicides to kill cocaine crops?

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

With Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos banning use of controversial herbicides to eradicate coca crops, the president of the Quindio Botanical Garden proposed that an army of Cocaine Tussock Moths (Eloria noyesi) could be enlisted to destroy the coca by eating it. Read the rest

Colombia will not cave to political pressure to end peace talks: Santos

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday he will not allow peace talks with FARC rebels to collapse under political pressure from the opposition and renewed calls for the Marxist group to show its commitment to end 50 years of war.

Colombia's Santos calls for deadline on FARC peace talks

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday warned that the country's patience with Marxist FARC rebels is wearing thin and that the peace process to end five decades of war must have a deadline.

Colombia to resume bombing rebels after deadly ambush

BOGOTA/HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the resumption of bombing raids against FARC guerrillas on Wednesday after a rebel attack killed 10 soldiers, heating up a war that had seen a tentative cessation of hostilities.

Colombia's Santos lifts halt on bombings against FARC after attack

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos lifted a halt on bombing raids against FARC rebels after an attack he blamed on the group killed ten soldiers in rural southwestern Cauca province.

Colombia to extend suspension of bombing raids on rebels

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia will extend its halt on bombing raids against Marxist FARC rebels for another month, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Thursday after ordering a one-month suspension of the air raids in March to abet talks to end 50 years of war.

Colombia's Santos says justice main hurdle to rebel peace deal

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The biggest hurdle to signing peace with Colombia's FARC rebels and ending a half century of war is getting the Marxist group to agree to face punishment for human rights abuses, President Juan Manuel Santos told Reuters.

Colombian President Vows to Temporarily Stop Bombing FARC Rebels

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has pledged to temporarily stop bombing FARC rebels in recognition of the ceasefire declared by the guerilla group.

Colombia to temporarily halt bombing of FARC rebels

President Juan Manuel Santos says the country's armed forces will cease raids against the group for one month.

Can Colombia Find Peace?

BOGOTÁ —Juan Manuel Santos, to be sworn in for a second term as president of Colombia on Thursday, campaigned for re-election on his vision of ending the country's decadeslong civil conflict and negotiating peace with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group. Show More Summary

A Peace Deal with Colombia's Marxist Guerrillas Won't Fix Latin America's Cocaine Problem

At last year's United Nations General Assembly, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos asked the world to imagine his country "without coca," the plant precursor to crystal cocaine. This "dream," which would have been unthinkable a decade...Show More Summary

Daily Headlines: January 16, 2015

Cuba: Several new, relaxed travel and commerce restrictions from the U.S towards Cuba go into effect today as part of a bilateral push to normalize bilateral relations. Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos announced his willingness...Show More Summary

Colombia's leftist FARC rebels declare unilateral cease-fire

5 months agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Leftist rebels negotiating a peace agreement with the Colombian government on Wednesday declared a unilateral and indefinite cease-fire in hope of drawing a reciprocal halt by the armed forces, something President Juan Manuel Santos has so far resisted.

Back to the table

6 months agoNews : America's View

NOW that the FARC guerrilla army has released the Colombian general it had kidnapped in November, peace talks with the Colombian government can resume. Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, had suspended the negotiations in Havana after the abduction. Show More Summary

Colombia’s FARC rebels free captured general

6 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas on Sunday freed an army general and two others, calling for an “armistice” to protect peace talks from future disruptions. President Juan Manuel Santos, who suspended the peace talks after the capture of Brigadier General Ruben Alzate, was the...

Colombian General’s Capture Puts FARC Rebels on the Defensive

President Juan Manuel Santos's decision to suspended negotiations with the Marxist rebels after they detained a senior military officer has forced the FARC to backtrack, with the group promising to release its high-profile captive

Colombia peace talks enter ‘toad swallowing’ phase

7 months agoNews : BlogPost

With every incremental advance in the peace negotiations between Colombian government negotiators and FARC rebel commanders, President Juan Manuel Santos faces an increasingly unpalatable spectacle — the Bogota equivalent of the "Satan sandwich." Read full article >>

Colombia peace talks enter ‘toad swallowing’ phase

7 months agoNews : BlogPost

With every incremental advance in the peace negotiations between Colombian government negotiators and FARC rebel commanders, President Juan Manuel Santos faces an increasingly unpalatable spectacle — the Bogota equivalent of the "Satan sandwich." The armistice talks have been taking place in Cuba for nearly two years, and for the process to advance, more and more FARC […]

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