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Ongoing Paramilitary Violence in the aftermath of the Colombian Peace Deals

November 9, 2018

For more than half a century, Colombians have been caught in the midst of violence between “La Violencia”, guerilla groups, and drug lords. After one conflict ended, another began, and when there seemed to be a lull in the violence and a chance for peace, a presidential candidate would be assassinated, or a guerilla bomb would leave the country’s infrastructure devastated. In 2016, the Colombian Peace Deal between then-president Juan Manuel Santos and the (write out the acronym) FARC guerilla group seemed to be the first real sign that Colombia was emerging from its decades of violence.

Inspired by hate: what Bolsonaro presidential campaign is doing to Brazilian politics

November 1, 2018

Since Brazilians went to the polling stations on Oct 7 and massively vote for an extreme-right, military presidential candidate, the world has turned its attention to the man that became next president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who has openly  expressed misogynistic, homophobic, racist and militaristic views. His campaign was largely run in the social media by his fans, who are not shy of sharing fake news via WhatsApp, which turned out to be the go-to political weapon and is used by 120 million people in the country.

Magic water scandal shows the deep roots of corruption in Guatemalan politics

October 24, 2018

Last week it was reported that the former vice president of Guatemala, Roxana Baldetti, had been formally sentenced to 15 years in prison following her involvement in what is being called the “Magic Water” scandal.  Baldetti was found guilty of participating in and directing a criminal network in the multimillion-dollar scheme, which redirected state funds intended to clean the contaminated Lake Amatitlan (Al Jazeera 2018).

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