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Santos replaces defense minister as Colombia inches towards peace

Santos replaces defense minister as Colombia inches towards peace

posted by Adriaan Alsema

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday replaced his defense minister in a possible move towards a bilateral ceasefire and peace deal with rebel group FARC.

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Bogota is 12,000 policemen short: Mayor

Bogota is 12,000 policemen short: Mayor

posted by Alice Bradshaw-Smith

Bogota has a deficit of 12,000 policemen, the mayor of Colombia’s capital city said Monday.

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‘Santos to replace defense minister ahead of peace deal with FARC’

‘Santos to replace defense minister ahead of peace deal with FARC’

posted by Adriaan Alsema

Colombia’s defense minister and the country’s ambassador to the United States might soon be switching office as president Juan Manuel Santos is preparing a cabinet shuffle ahead of a possible peace  Full Article »

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Defense Minister claims Colombia’s police is infiltrated by FARC

Defense Minister claims Colombia’s police is infiltrated by FARC

posted by Piotr Wojciak

As if ongoing revelations of police corruption wasn’t enough, Colombia’s defense minister announced this week to investigate the unpopular institution for possible infiltration by the FARC, the country’s largest rebel group.

Profiles

Ruben Dario Alzate

Ruben Dario Alzate

posted by Victoria McKenzie

Colombia Army General Ruben Dario Alzate was captured by FARC guerrillas on Sunday, after walking straight into a FARC stronghold ignoring all security protocols.

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US lawmakers discuss defense ties with Colombia

US lawmakers discuss defense ties with Colombia

posted by Joel Gillin

A delegation of US congressmen met with Colombia’s defense minister and other officials Monday to strengthen defense and security cooperation. 

Economy

Colombia wants to regulate gold market to curb organized crime

Colombia wants to regulate gold market to curb organized crime

posted by Adriaan Alsema

Colombia’s defense minister on Monday proposed that all gold must be sold to the country’s central bank to prevent illegal armed groups’ involvement in profitable illegal mining operations.

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Colombia’s military training a ‘huge asset to the world': US

Colombia’s military training a ‘huge asset to the world': US

posted by Joel Gillin

United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Colombia’s role as a “security exporter” within Latin America on a recent trip to the country, according to a Department of Defense press  Full Article »

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Colombia looking to introduce conscription for both men and women

Colombia looking to introduce conscription for both men and women

posted by Matthew Sterne

Colombia is considering a bill to renew conscription to military and social service for both men and women, the Defense Ministry has announced.

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Colombia’s opposition suing defense minister over illegal army recruitment

Colombia’s opposition suing defense minister over illegal army recruitment

posted by Joel Gillin

A member of the leftist opposition party Democratic Pole on Tuesday filed suit against Colombia’s defense minister over ongoing ilegal recruitment practices in the army, according to El Espectador newspaper.