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Mexicans cry out for peace | Waging Nonviolence

The Republic of Mexico’s national anthem begins with the words, “Mexicans, at the cry of war.” But last week Mexicans were instead crying out once more for peace. On September 21, in front of the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) closed its “Ten Days for Peace and Human Rights” with a ...

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At General Debate, Cuba calls for UN reform to make it ‘truly representative’ of world | UN News Centre

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla called for the urgent reform of the United Nations by reinforcing the powers of the 193-member General Assembly and expanding the 15-member Security Council to make it truly representative of the world as it exists today, 65 years after its creation. AP reports that he slams U.S. over embargo.

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Peace Talks in Colombia and the Challenges Ahead | Fellowship of Reconciliation

By Charlotte Melly, FOR Colombia Team Member Elements of the Colombian peace process that begins October 8 in Oslo indisputably distinguish these negotiations from prior attempts to put an end to Colombia’s five decade-long conflict. The insistence on learning from past mistakes is cause for optimism, and both parties seem to be taking the process seriously. The fact that negotiations ...

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Democrats and U.S. Labor Delusional About Latin America | Counterpunch

Diatribes and Curious Silences by ALBERTO C. RUIZ The Democrats just put out their platform on Latin America, and it demonstrates only the loosest connection to reality. Thus, while praising the “vibrant democracies in countries from Mexico to Brazil and Costa Rica to Chile,” as well as “historic peaceful transfers of power in places like El Salvador and Uruguay,” the ...

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Colombia rejects Farc call for ceasefire | guardian.co.uk

The Colombian president has rejected a ceasefire offered by the Farc rebels to coincide with Norway peace talks in October. Juan Manuel Santos said that instead the Colombian military and police would be stepping up their offensive against the rebels. For more on this story, visit: Colombia rejects Farc call for ceasefire | World news | guardian.co.uk.

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Colombia’s president announces accord to begin peace talks with rebels | The Washington Post

By Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia — President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Tuesday a preliminary accord with Colombia’s main leftist rebel group to launch peace talks to end a stubborn, century-old conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. In a nationally televised speech, Santos called the agreement a roadmap to “a definitive peace” and said it was reached ...

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Has implementation of the accusatory legal system been an effective response to the fight against impunity in Colombia? | U.S. Office on Colombia

The US Office on Colombia releases its latest report, Impunity: Has implementation of the accusatory legal system been an effective response to the fight against impunity in Colombia? By examining each stage in the judicial process under the new system, and illuminating important distinctions between Colombia’s accusatory system and the Anglo-Saxon model, the report indicates that there are several impediments ...

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Fragile peace brings new hope for El Salvador | smh.com.au

”This is a historic moment in El Salvador,” said Alex Sanchez, a former Salvadorean gang member who directs Homies Unidos, an anti-violence program in Los Angeles. ”If we lose this moment, we lose the moment of a lifetime.’ ‘Homicides in El Salvador are down 32 per cent in the first half of this year, kidnappings have fallen 50 per cent ...

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Peace Talks Begin in Colombia: Time for Obama To Earn His Nobel Prize | Counterpunch

According to Colombia’s El Tiempo, 75% of Colombians want a dialogue between the Colombian government and the guerillas. And, this stands to reason, for Colombia has been devastated by over 50 years of armed conflict which has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians between 50 and 250 thousand of whom were “disappeared”; left over 5 million persons ...

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Colombia in Talks With Rebels, President Says | WSJ.com

By DAN MOLINSKI BOGOTÁ—Colombia’s government has opened discussions with the country’s biggest guerrilla group about starting formal peace talks, raising hopes of a reconciliation after more than a half century of civil conflict. President Juan Manuel Santos said in a televised address Monday that his government has been in contact with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC by ...

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