Author: Kaitlin Sharkey

Peace and Victims: An Interview with Christian Voelkel of the International Crisis Group

Peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) resume next week in Havana, and the highly anticipated round on the issue of victims is up for negotiations. At the table, 15 delegates will represent over 4,000 victims’ organizations and more than 6 million victims of murder, kidnapping, sexual violence and forced displacement. Reaching an agreement that meets victims’ calls for justice will be the most challenging test of the national process thus far. The current peace process has progressed further than all previous attempts at ending the decades-long armed conflict. The current success...

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Defending the Colombian Páramos

Earlier this month, the Association of Tasco Community Water (ASOACCTASCO), the Tasco Youth Collective and the Peasant Integration Foundation (FINTEC) co-hosted the 2nd meeting of the National Defendors of Páramos in Tasco, Colombia. The conference brought together various grassroots organizations to discuss the harmful effects of area mining exploitation by multinational corporations and to unify their fight to protect the unique páramo...

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A Win for Peace in Colombia

On Sunday Colombians reelected President Juan Manuel Santos in one of the nation’s closest elections in decades. Declared a referendum for peace, the election signals public support for the ongoing peace negotiations between the Santos government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as the FARC. The fifty-year armed conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC has resulted in more than 200,000 people dead and has displaced over six million. The current peace talks mark the fourth negotiation attempt at resolving the war. Begun under the Santos administration in 2012, these peace talks have already delivered...

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Barbara Jordan Week 2014: Inclusion and Compromise in Democracy

The 2014 Barbara Jordan Week commences this Monday. Join the LBJ School for a series of exciting events celebrating the legacy of Barbara Jordan. Please note that all events are free and open to the public.   Tuesday, February 18 Raising the Minimum Wage: An Effective Anti-Poverty Policy? Presented by PAACC and the Barbara Jordan Forum 12:15pm – 1:30pm Lunch provided SRH 3.122 The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has not kept pace with inflation and is a growing concern as income inequality in the United States continues to increase. Would raising the minimum wage be an effective...

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