Opposition leader María Corina Machado. (Image: World Economic Forum, CC BY-SA 2.0 )

Top Story — Venezuelan opposition leader María Corina Machado, who is running for Congress in December elections, has been barred from public office for a full year in a move opposition figures are calling heavy-handed. “They’re acting like the dictators they are,” tweeted Machado, who was a leader of protests that rocked Venezuela last spring….

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos delivered a televised address on Sunday on the occasion of the historical agreement. (Image: Colombian Government)

Top Story —The Colombian government will decrease military activity against FARC rebels, provided that the leftist guerrilla group upholds a recently announced unilateral ceasefire, according to a statement made Sunday by negotiation facilitators in Havana, Cuba. While government officials did not specify what military activity would be curtailed, they stressed that the step did not…

Angelika Rettberg, director of the Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding Research Program at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. (Image: YouTube)

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — On Sunday, diplomats in Havana, Cuba announced that the Colombian government will de-escalate its military campaign against the FARC rebel group, if that group adheres to the unilateral ceasefire it is set to observe from July 20 onward. The announcement, made by the Cuban and Norwegian diplomats mediating peace talks between the…

FARC negotiator Iván Márquez. (Image: Youtube,)

Top Story — Colombia’s FARC rebels on Wednesday announced they will observe a unilateral ceasefire starting on July 20, a positive sign amid a recent escalation of tensions between the guerrilla group and the government. FARC negotiator Iván Márquez said in Havana, Cuba, that the group hopes for the government to return the gesture and…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (Image: Center for American Progress, CC BY-ND 2.0)

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, announced on Wednesday that it will institute a month-long unilateral ceasefire, beginning on July 20. The truce called by the FARC is the second unilateral ceasefire that the South American country’s largest leftist guerrilla group has implemented since peace talks with the government began…

Protesters take to the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, to protest the economic policies of President Rafael Correa. (Image: El Universo, screenshot)

Top Story — Thousands of Ecuadorians protested in the streets of Guayaquil Thursday against populist President Rafael Correa’s government, calling for his resignation. Demonstrations were led by Mayor Jaime Nebot, a member of the opposition, who warned that Correa’s continued left-leaning economic policies were detrimental to the country. Protests first hit the country following the…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, together with U.S. Attorney in Miami Wilfredo Ferrer (second from left), announces Tuesday the indictment of 17 members of the drug-trafficking organization Los Urbeños. (Image: Department of Justice)

Top Story — Federal prosecutors in Miami unsealed indictments on Tuesday against 17 members of one of Colombia’s biggest narcotics cartels, charging a number of important cartel leaders in an effort to improve bilateral cooperation in anti-narcotics operations. The indictments were brought against leading members of Los Urabeños, a group that Colombia Reports has called…