Thursday, November 9, 2006

News briefs on Colombia

* Columnist Marcela Sanchez analyzes the mixed results of Plan Colombia: while funds have aided in improving security social and economic development has taken a back seat to strengthening the military.

* Colombian president Alvaro Uribe’s popularity has fallen as rebel attacks and allegations of corruption have grown since his reelection in May.

* Colombia leads the world in land mine victims and the country is ill-equipped to help its populace.

* University student leaders traveled to Norway to receive a prize for their efforts in representing students in the face of increasing violence on campuses.

Links- Reuters AlertNet, The Latin Americanist (blog), Hamilton Spectator (Canada), Washington Post, Universitas (Norway)

Image- (Colombian landmine victim holding his daughter)

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