Archive - Jul 19, 2010

COLOMBIA ANALYSIS: Towards a better understanding of the conflict in ā€œpost-conflictā€ Colombia

Has Colombia entered a post-conflict era? Foreign and local investors seem to agree with President Alvaro UribeĀ¹s claim that the conflict in Colombia is over. Corporations that once abandoned their holdings in Colombia are now returning en masse. Many new international mining corporations are joining them. Canada, the United States, and the European Union are all pursuing Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Colombia.

IRAQ REFLECTION: Extravagant hospitality

Within the first week I arrived in Iraq, I traveled with CPTĀ¹s Iraq team out of the city where we live, Sulaimaniyah, to the Zharawa camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The people who live in this camp had to leave
their lands, which are on the border with Iran, because the Iranian and Turkish militaries consistently bomb those areas, claiming to target Kurdish resistance groups.

AL KHALIL/HEBRON: Israeli police invade Palestinian home, arrest father in Old City

At 2 p.m. on 13 July, about 20 Israeli police and soldiers invaded the Awewi family home in Hebronā€™s Old City. They forced the mother and the eight children into the kitchen and arrested the father, who is a Palestinian Authority (PA) police officer. The mother attempted to force the door of the kitchen open to give her husband his shoes and trousers. A soldier pushed her against the counter, though she was obviously pregnant. She threw the shoes down the stairwell, hoping her husband could retrieve them.