Antanas Mockus, the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia.

Antanas Mockus is one of the most influential figures in Colombian politics. He has been mayor of Bogotá twice, and a presidential candidate three times. He is mostly remembered for promoting art as a way to change cultural values in Colombian society. Or, in his words, to reinforce a “citizenship culture” to reach peace. He…

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Top Story — The rate of coca cultivation for cocaine production has increased in Colombia for the first time in seven years, according to a new White House report that the U.S. Drug Czar’s office partially released on Monday, a fact that some are saying could bolster support for an increasingly controversial U.S. aerial fumigation…

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart at a recent congressional hearing on agent misconduct in Colombia. (YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Michelle Leonhart, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will soon resign, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday, as controversy endures over her handling of a scandal involving DEA agents’ conduct in Colombia. According to an investigation by the Investigator of the Justice Department, the DEA’s parent agency, agents in Colombia…

Photojournalist Stephen Ferry, who has covered Colombia's internal conflict for twelve years.

Stephen Ferry is an American photographer who has captured dangerous and tragic scenes of the Colombian armed conflict for twelve years. Ferry published a collection of his and his Colombian colleagues’ photos in a book titled “Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict.” Latin America News Dispatch interviewed Ferry at the International Center for Photography…

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visits soldiers injured in a FARC attack in the Cauca region.(Photo: Effraín Herrera)

Top Story — At least 10 Colombian soldiers were killed and 17 injured Wednesday in an attack carried out by FARC rebels, which prompted President Juan Manuel Santos to reinstate air raids against the guerrilla group that had been halted in March. Santos declared the attack an explicit breach of the unilateral ceasefire the FARC…

U.S. troops at Colombia's Tolemaida military base.

Top Story — The U.S. Army may investigate accusations of sexual assault against its soldiers and contractors in Colombia, a spokesman said Friday, the military’s first response to claims published by a joint project of Colombia’s government and the guerrillas of the FARC. Army investigators are working with Colombia’s government to decide whether to launch…

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — In a fifteen-minute long speech delivered on Tuesday evening, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that the country’s armed forces will stop, for the next month, their bombing operations against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Since August 2012, the central government and FARC rebels have been negotiating a peace agreement in…