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Farc and Colombian government launch peace talks | guardian.co.uk

Colombian leftist rebels and government have formally launched talks to end nearly 50 years of armed conflict, with each side laying out its vision of how the talks will develop and the type of peace that the country can hope for if a deal is reached. Negotiating teams from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and the Colombian government ...

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Cuba’s migration policy updated | granma.cu

As part of the work undertaken to update the current migration policy adjusting it to prevailing conditions in the present and the foreseeable future, the Cuban government has decided to forgo the required Travel Permit as well as the Letter of Invitation. Therefore, as from January 14th, 2013, it will only be necessary to submit the ordinary passport, duly updated, ...

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Reflections on the Cuban Missile Crisis at Fifty | wagingpeace.org

by David Krieger Fifty years ago this month, the world teetered on the precipice of a nuclear war between the US and Soviet Union during the 13-day Cuban Missile Crisis. We were fortunate to have survived that crisis, thanks largely to the restraint shown by President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev. Now, fifty years later, there is no immediate crisis such ...

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Colombian Peace Talks Kick Off in Norway | Democracy Now!

Talks begin in Norway between the Colombian government and Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Ahead of the negotiations, Kristian Berg of Norway’s Peace Research Institute Oslo said addressing economic inequality and establishing lasting trust will be pivotal to a successful agreement. Kristian Berg: “The challenges in Colombia are certainly running very, very deep. ...

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ENN Original news: Brazil forms special environmental security force to combat spike in deforestation

Brazil will set up a special environmental security force in an effort to stem rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, reports AFP. In a statement, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said the new body will be backed by the army, the federal police and the Brazilian Environment Institution (IBAMA). The force will be charged with permanent surveillance of the Amazon. For ...

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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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Hugo Chávez comes out swinging in first post-election press conference | guardian.co.uk

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez may have started a new term, but it was the old, anti-imperialist, anti-US drive that characterised his first press conference since winning re-election for six more years. Lambasting Washington, backing Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and accusing Europe of cashing in on the death of Muammar Gaddafi, Chávez came out swinging after his comfortable victory on Sunday. ...

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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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