Posts Tagged ‘Juan Manuel Santos’

Een smerige verkiezingsstrijd in Colombia

May 22, 2014

Over drie dagen zijn de verkiezingen in Colombia. De campagnes zijn de smerigste ooit, er staat veel op het spel. Wordt Colombia een normaal land in vrede of blijft het zijn geschiedenis schrijven in bloed. De vooruitzichten zijn niet bemoedigend want ook de vredesduif, de huidige president Juan Manuel Santos, heeft bloed aan zijn handen. Maar een begin moet worden gemaakt.

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Finally peace in Colombia is real option again

August 29, 2012
Guerrilla M19's commander Carlos Pizarro demobilized and was killed a few years after

Guerrilla M19’s commander Carlos Pizarro demobilized and was killed a few years after

Colombia will negotiate peace with its biggest guerrilla group FARC, and perhaps with the smaller ELN as well. It’s the most important news in years and it’s quite a big change compared to ex-president Álvaro Uribe’s policy of continuous attacking the guerrilla and trying to beat it the armed way. Many Colombians are glad because what they most want is peace, but others think it’s very inconvenient to negotiate with armed groups that are considered terrorists. The governments most fierce opponent is in fact ex-president Uribe.  (more…)

Political opposition is healthy

July 28, 2010

These days Colombia’s new president Juan Manuel Santos is going to sign the so called accord of National Unity with a great part of the politicians who were his opponents during the elections: the Conservatives, Cambio Radical, the Liberals and his own party, La U. The idea is that the polarisation that flourished during the Uribe era has to come to an end. That is necessary indeed, but it shouldn’t be a secret way to silence the opposition. (more…)

Colombia and its Green Wave

April 19, 2010

Since it became clear that Colombia’s president Álvaro Uribe cannot be reelected for a second time, elections for presidency have become exciting. It is not at all certain that his heir Juan Manuel Santos is going to win. All kinds of explanations can be given for this, but one is the Green Wave. (more…)

How to go on after Moncayo’s liberation (or Piedad 22)

April 2, 2010

Finally, finally in Colombia FARC hostages Pablo Emilio Moncayo and Josué Calvo have been liberated a few days ago. And hopefully the remains of colonel Julián Guevara, that were received by his mother Emperatriz yesterday, are really his. Madness of war. Piedad Córdoba is calling for peace, but that is still a complicated issue. Understandable, after the failure of the Caguan peace talks. People are fed up with the FARC and want this thing to end, as soon as possible. (more…)

Juan Manuel Santos will run for presidency

February 4, 2010

I bet Colombia’s president Álvaro Uribe will not run for a third term and thus clears the road to ex Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos. Uribe is praising his former minister; Juan Manuel Santos distanced himself from the very impopular measures the government took to make health care more efficient, and last but not least the referendum which would have to be held to make Uribe’s reelection possible, is confronting more and more complications to be approved by the Constitutional Court.

Juan Manuel Santos

Juan Manuel Santos

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Piedad Córdoba least trusted person or Piedad 16

September 23, 2009

Colombia’s senator Piedad Córdoba is the least trusted person in her country, according to a Terra Poll. I still wonder why she is hated so much. I don’t think she deserves it, although of course, she is not perfect.

I will present Terra’s list, which was published by Colombia Reports, and then afterwards my own list. (more…)

Uribe’s moment of truth is approaching

August 12, 2009

Will Colombia’s president Álvaro Uribe run for presidency again or will he not? The moment of truth is approaching and mr. Uribe’s apparent desinterest seems to be changing into nervousness. (more…)

A new job for Juan Manuel Santos

May 19, 2009

Colombia’s Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos resigned, because according to the law he has to do it now, if he wants to run for Presidency in 2010. But he is not a candidate, he says. Ups, that is complicated. (more…)