Free Trade Through Peace in Colombia
San Diego Union-Tribune -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos meets President Barack Obama today to announce progress on the long-debated free trade agreement with Colombia.
Their meeting will not be focused on the possibilities of peace – something absent from the agendas of the Colombian and U.S. governments for more than a decade now. Peace should be on the program. Free trade and the protection of workers’ rights and unionists, key sticking points that have blocked the agreement, might be best achieved through efforts for peace and justice. The conflict in Colombia has dragged on for half a century, and recent U.S. support through Plan Colombia, $7 billion over the last 10 years, has not been decisive. (Full Story)
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