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Boletín de prensa internacional 20/01/12

La guerra contra las drogas en México: No es otra Colombia

Council on Hemispheric Affairs () Mexico’s Drug War: Not Another Colombia

This analysis was prepared by Natalia Cote-Muñoz, Research Fellow for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

The drug war in Mexico grows more brutal daily. It is practically impossible to read news from that country without exposure to a myriad of literal rolling heads, mass graves, shootouts, and grisly abductions. While addressing the Council on Foreign Relations on September 8, 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton qualified the situation in Mexico as “looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago, when the narco-traffickers controlled certain parts of the country.”[i] In fact, both U.S. and Mexican policymakers have proposed tactics based on the Colombian experience. However, one must closely examine the practical differences between the two countries before applying Colombian tactics to Mexico indiscriminately, since in practice many of Colombia’s crime strategies might well be ineffective in the Mexican case. ver>>


"Hay que apoyar la a Colombia en la lucha contra las FARC"

Infolatam () EE.UU: subsecretaria de Estado pide apoyo internacional para la lucha contra las FARC

La subsecretaria de Estado de Estados Unidos para Seguridad Ciudadana, Democracia y Derechos Humanos, María Otero, pidió a la comunidad internacional que apoye a Colombia en su lucha contra las FARC.

Esta guerrilla “es una entidad terrorista y todos los países en la región deben apoyar el esfuerzo por deshacernos de estas entidades, que crean violencia y abusos”, expresó la diplomática en declaraciones a Efe en Bogotá.

Otero concluye una visita de dos días a Colombia, en los que ha visitado varias poblaciones del suroeste del país afectadas por la actividad de grupos armados ilegales y narcotraficantes. ver>>


Colombia rural: el potencial para el futuro

Council on Hemispheric Affairs () Rural Colombia: The Potential for the Future

This analysis was prepared by Delphine Mechoulan, Guest Scholar for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

The problems of Colombia’s rural populations have been extensively analyzed, mostly regarding their participation in the country’s historical domestic armed conflict. For example, numerous reports have focused on the violence of the guerrillas, paramilitaries, and narco-trafficking organizations that have forced families and even entire villages to abandon their native land and homes, becoming Internally Displaced People (IDP).[1] However, factors other than civil conflict can lead to the displacement of populations. Biofuel companies, the mining industry, and mega-construction projects have threatened the environment, food security, and agricultural biodiversity in rural Colombia, and have led to displacement and the dispossession of land.[2] Successive Colombian governments have exacerbated this problem by engaging in the indiscriminate allocation of exploitation licenses to private companies. Furthermore, several ongoing mega-projects fail both to uphold any standards of sustainability and to take into account the interests of the local population. This has created a need for a clearly defined national usage policy and an accompanying regulation and management system. These issues are rarely present in the national and international media, but have transformed the lives of many Colombians living in rural areas. ver>>