On Nov. 29, a 6-year-old Colombian girl, Yisely Isarama, was killed by a land mine in Choco Province. The same day, the Colombian Senate voted 75 to 0 to ratify peace accords to end the 52-year war between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC.
In microcosm, the two events encapsulate Colombia’s past and its potential future.
In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech here on Saturday, the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, the architect of the peace settlement, called the war “a half-century nightmare.” It claimed 220,000 Colombian lives, most of them civilians’, and drove six million from their homes.… Seguir leyendo »
El 29 de noviembre, una niña colombiana de 6 años, Yisely Isarama, murió a causa de una mina en el departamento del Chocó. El mismo día, el senado colombiano votó con 75 votos a favor y cero en contra para ratificar los acuerdos de paz que ponen fin a la guerra de 52 años entre el gobierno y las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc).
En un microcosmos, los dos acontecimientos encapsulan el pasado de Colombia y su posible futuro.
En el discurso de aceptación del Premio Nobel de la Paz que pronunció en Oslo el sábado, el presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, el arquitecto del acuerdo de paz, llamó a la guerra “una pesadilla de medio siglo” que reclamó las vidas de 220.000… Seguir leyendo »
Brazil, the saying used to go, is the land of the future — and always will be. But when Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, visits the White House next week, she will come as the leader of a country whose future has arrived.
With huge new offshore oil discoveries and foreign investment flooding in, Brazil’s economy, growing twice as fast as America’s, has surpassed Britain’s to become the world’s seventh largest. As a member of the Group of 20 and host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is an emerging global leader.
But there is one area where it has an opportunity to lead and has failed to: preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.… Seguir leyendo »
The appointment of Bill Daley, who led the Clinton administration’s successful campaign to ratify NAFTA, puts an unabashed advocate of free trade with Latin America in the position of White House chief of staff. Unfortunately, it is not clear that the Obama administration also has one in the Oval Office.
President Obama professed to be such an advocate in last year’s State of the Union address. «If America sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we will lose the chance to create jobs on our shores,» he declared. Promising to double U.S. exports by 2015 through a «National Export Initiative,» Obama pledged that «we will strengthen our trade relations .… Seguir leyendo »