Liz Atherton

Colombia: Darling of the Death Squads

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Some 54 percent of the 24 million registered voters stayed at home in Colombia's presidential election last month.

Colombia's new president is death squad darling Alvaro Uribe Velez. Son of a prominent mafia boss, Uribe Velez won a decisive first round victory in Colombia's elections. The high abstention rates left Velez with just 5.8 million votes--24 percent of eligible voter preferences.

The low turnout signified a growing disenchantment with a political system that has failed to address the nation's ongoing death squad violence and a severe economic crisis.

Colombia: A War Conceived in Washington

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President Andres Pastrana has announced the end of the peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).

His latest declaration to the people of Colombia had a ring of deadly finality as he authorised General Fernando Tapias, head of the Colombian Armed Forces, to retake the demilitarised zone with immediate effect.

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