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Colombian Defense Minister says FARC murdered 394 women in 12 years but ignores military’s abuses against girls

Colombian Defense Minister says FARC murdered 394 women in 12 years but ignores military’s abuses against girls

By Gabrielle Mentjox Colombia Reports Colombia’s Defense Minister said Thursday the country’s largest rebel group, the FARC, are the biggest violators of women’s human rights in the country, having kidnapped 261 women and committed 394 homicides between 2003 and 2014. At the Armed Forces’ “Second Conference on Gender” held Thursday in Bogota, Defense Minister Juan

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Latin America’s indigenous population growing

LatinaLista — In addition to the UN Climate Summit happening in New York City which is attracting world leaders, Hollywood celebrities and politicians, there is also happening an equally important conference — the Indigenous People’s World Conference. The two-day conference (Sept. 21-22) drew about a thousand participants from all over the planet. On the first

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Food Wars in Latin America

By W. Alejandro Sanchez COHA Bolivia has accomplished a major victory in its quest to consolidate itself as the world’s most-renowned producer of quinoa. In late August, the Andean Community, a South American bloc, recognized the miracle grain as being Bolivian in origin. This recognition will aid the government’s and local industries’ international marketing campaigns.

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Guest Voz: A Slightly Honduran Perspective on the Immigration Crisis

By Matthew Keiser Honduras Weekly I don’t consider myself to be an expert on Honduras or even La Ceiba; it’s a country of 8 million different lives jostling and colliding with one another in ways unimaginable to many Americans. To have an intimate knowledge of a people on that scale is impossible. Yet I know

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Brazil: Army enrolls first women in course for Musician Sergeants

By Flávia Ribeiro Diálogo Music and military service are in the blood of Carolyne Gonze, a 22-year-old Minas Gerais native. The saxophonist is the granddaughter of a conductor and niece of a Musician Sergeant in the Brazilian Army. Until recently, Gonze had been able to pursue only her musical passions. But late last year, an

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