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Colombia: A Political Primer (Part 3)

Colombia Primer (Part 3) Author: Cristobal Campos Posted: 13 March, 2003 The 1980s. It wasn’t just the “Greed Decade” up North; Colombia was more than doing its share of hedonistic living. A couple of events occurred in 1981 that would have a profound effect on the coming decades. Towards the end of the 70s, the…

Colombia: A Political Primer (Part 2)

Colombia Primer (Part 2) Author: Cristobal Campos Posted: 24 Feb, 2003 The 1960s could almost be called the Guerilla Decade as several large groups were formed and rose to nation-wide prominence during these years. The FARC was founded in 1964. The same year, the Ejercito Liberacion de la Nacion (ELN) was established. (The ELN is…

Colombia: A Political Primer

Colombia Primer Author: Cristobal Campos Posted: Feb 8, 2003 This article is the first of three in a series that will attempt to provide a background on the ongoing events in Colombia. It is by no means exhaustive. There is no way a 40-year civil war can be summed up in a few pages. It…

Press Freedom in China

Reading the English version of China’s People’s Daily on the Internet, one gets the heartening impression that the Chinese government is tackling the growing AIDS crisis head on. Headlines like “Facing AIDS, Silence is Death” and “China Warned of 12 Million HIV Carriers in 8 Years if no Measures Taken” attest to this new openness.…

North Korea: Roll over Kim Il Sung

One wonders how advocates for centrally planned economies still gain a voice. The concept that a relative few on a committee of sorts should be given the power to effectively manage a country’s economy is seen by many as a good thing. The justification for this point of view is largely an emotional one, often…

Peace in Sri Lanka?

Founded in the 1970s and commencing their armed struggle for an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka in 1983, against the Sri Lankan government, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have wrought havoc upon this small island off the coast of India, for the last two decades. A brutal…