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As Candidates Praise Free Trade, Colombian Unions Turn to the International Criminal Court

As Candidates Praise Free Trade, Colombian Unions Turn to the International Criminal Court

  In an otherwise contentious race for the U.S. presidency, free trade has been a surprising point of convergence for President Obama and Governor Romney. Specifically, Obama has emphasized the success of the free trade deals (FTAs) passed last year with Colombia, Korea and Panama, saying these¨…are helping us to double our exports and sell […]

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Still a Dream: Land Restitution on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Still a Dream: Land Restitution on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

  As Colombia prepares for peace talks with the nation’s oldest guerrilla group, the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) set to begin next week, a new report sheds light on the immense challenges to land restitution in Colombia, where conflict has displaced nearly five million people. ¨Still a Dream: Land Restitution on Colombia´s Caribbean Coast, ¨ […]

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One Year Outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá

One Year Outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá

Today marks one year that The Association of Sick and Fired Workers of General Motors Colombia (ASOTRECOL) members have been camped outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia in an act of protest. ASOTRECOL is an association of Colmotores, or General Motors Colombia, employees who assert they were injured while performing their duties at the company’s […]

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Report puts Killings in Latin America over Land and Forests into Global Perspective

Report puts Killings in Latin America over Land and Forests into Global Perspective

The organization Global Witness recently released a briefing entitled “A Hidden Crisis? Increase in killings as tensions rise over land and forests.” The briefing shows that 711 activists defending rights related to land and forests have been assassinated in the last decade (2002-2011), word-wide. The report shows that Latin America is home to three of the […]

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On World Refugee Day, Colombian Conflict Still Alive

On World Refugee Day, Colombian Conflict Still Alive

World Refugee Day gives us a chance to reflect on the refugees closer to home, including thousands of Colombian refugees living throughout the Western Hemisphere. And the opportunity to understand what is driving them out of Colombia. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports today that there are officially 400,000 Colombian refugees living […]

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Don’t Be Distracted By The Flowers.

Don’t Be Distracted By The Flowers.

                                          Last night, 4, 200 boxes of beautiful flowers took flight on a plane from Bogotá, Colombia to Miami, Florida. They arrived early this morning to US shores and represent the first product to enter the US under the Colombia-United States Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The agreement went into effect today. The flowers are […]

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Land Title Represents Victory at Summit of the Americas, but Caution Required

Land Title Represents Victory at Summit of the Americas, but Caution Required

Many pundits argue that the Summit of the Americas held in Cartagena, Colombia produced little worth celebrating. But for Afro-Colombians in the town of San Basilio de Palenque, the celebration hasn’t stopped, and rightfully so. During the summit, Palenque officially received a collective land title to more than 3,000 hectares of rural land, land they […]

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Annalise Udall Romoser
Annalise Udall Romoser

Annalise Udall Romoser resides in Bogotá, Colombia where she works as the Latin America Communications Officer for Lutheran World Relief (LWR), an international relief and development organization. Annalise served as LWR´s Director for Public Policy and Advocacy in Washington, DC and before that as Senior Associate at the US Office on Colombia. Annalise holds a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She began her career at Americans for Indian Opportunity, a non-profit organization which serves as a catalyst for Native American and international indigenous initiatives.

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