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Leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia can't seem to disassociate themselves from the cocaine trade. The question for the Colombian government is how aggressively can it investigate and prosecute members of the group without reigniting the insurgency.
Cynics may attribute Christmas' spread to the success of modern marketing and globalized commercialism. But Christmas is a holiday with deep and diverse roots and one that has, by the 21st century, become truly global – and for that matter, geopolitical.
As the world continues to focus on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and claims of Russian involvement more than a year later, Stratfor senior analysts discuss Russia’s upcoming presidential election in the podcast.
U.S. President Donald Trump admonished Colombia for its increased coca cultivation and cocaine production. Still, it's permitted the country to stay certified as a partner in the war against drugs, citing their shared law enforcement partnership and the possible return of more effective coca plant eradication.
The value of money is not static. In the short term, it may ebb and flow against other currencies on the market. In the long-term, a currency tends to lose buying power over time through inflation, and as more currency units are created.
Colombia is not an easy country to govern. Its mountains and jungles have historically harbored towns and villages that have wildly different political worldviews and that have been in constant conflict since the country's independence in 1810. Political identity -- left or right -- has long been a defining feature of Colombia's isolated towns, particularly those in Antioquia department. It is in this context that in 1977 embattled rancher Ramon Isaza gathered forces in the sleepy river town of Puerto Boyaca to fight the FARC forces terrorizing his community.
The spread of information and communication technologies hasn't delivered the "global village" it promised -- at least, not in the form that was originally envisioned. The original vision largely ignored the difficulties that harmoniously amalgamating an array of different cultures would present.