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    Giving voice and visibility to victims of sexual violence can drive cultural change in Colombia

Giving voice and visibility to victims of sexual violence can drive cultural change in Colombia

Grassroots initiatives and the UK government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) have the potential to contribute to transformative justice for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence against women, writes Christine Chinkin.

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    The end of colonialism in Puerto Rico? Evaluating the options in the 2017 political status referendum

The end of colonialism in Puerto Rico? Evaluating the options in the 2017 political status referendum

The options for decolonising Puerto Rico have always been complex and contested. But the US decision to force a “status quo” option on to the latest ballot has undermined this chance to settle the issue once and for all, writes Gibrán Cruz Martínez.

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    Cobardía en el Brexit y coraje en Colombia: la historia de dos referendos

Cobardía en el Brexit y coraje en Colombia: la historia de dos referendos

Los plebiscitos reducen temas complejos a preguntas sencillas de sí o no y se prestan a pasiones momentáneas que pueden ser fácilmente manipuladas, escribe Jean-Paul Faguet.

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    US pressure on Nicaragua will only stall diplomatic engagement and harm its most vulnerable groups

US pressure on Nicaragua will only stall diplomatic engagement and harm its most vulnerable groups

Even with Venezuela’s substantial support in doubt, the nature of Nicaraguan trade, migration, and aid links with the US makes the country less vulnerable to pressure than many expect. Instead, diplomacy and civil society will bear the brunt of unintended consequences, writes Pamela Neumann.

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    El nuevo rol de la ONU en Colombia puede fortalecer la construcción de paz en su etapa más vulnerable

El nuevo rol de la ONU en Colombia puede fortalecer la construcción de paz en su etapa más vulnerable

Por primera vez en un posconflicto se crea un mecanismo tripartito de verificación en el que participen las partes (Farc-Ep y el gobierno colombiano) y el componente internacional (Naciones Unidas). Este mecanismo innovador, que ayuda a generar confianza y resolver conflictos en momentos claves, puede servir de ejemplo más allá del proceso colombiano, escribe Juana García.

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    Cajamarca’s rejection of mining in Colombia was also a victory for social media and social mapping

Cajamarca’s rejection of mining in Colombia was also a victory for social media and social mapping

In a few short years, social movements in Cajamarca, Colombia, were able to convince a once divided community to near-unanimously reject establishment of the world’s largest gold mine on their doorstep. Doug Specht examines the role of social media and contestatory cartography in achieving this remarkable result.

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    Mexico’s experience shows that development banks can play a key role in financing transitions to low-carbon economies

Mexico’s experience shows that development banks can play a key role in financing transitions to low-carbon economies

Transitioning to low-carbon economies is a vital goal for developing countries, yet significant teething problems remain in the field of climate finance. The case of NAFIN and Mexican wind energy reveals how national development banks are ideally placed to help stimulate this crucial investment, writes Emilio Garmendia Pérez Montero.

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    The Mexican left should beware nationalism’s crushing embrace

The Mexican left should beware nationalism’s crushing embrace

The history of the left in Mexico shows that embracing nationalism can lead to the lack of a distinct programme and the misreading of opponents as potential allies, writes William A. Booth.

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    Colombia puede allanar el camino hacia la paz llevando justicia hasta las víctimas del conflicto

Colombia puede allanar el camino hacia la paz llevando justicia hasta las víctimas del conflicto

Las experiencias de justicia transicional en todo el mundo han demostrado que la confianza ciudadana es clave en los procesos exitosos. En Colombia la combinación de una legislación comprehensiva con programas innovadores y evaluaciones rigurosas puede asegurar que ninguna víctima sea excluida, escriben Elisa Cascardi, Adrienne Hathaway, Jorge Luis Silva Méndez, Diana Ortiz, Megan Rounseville y Juan Vargas.

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    Brexit cowardice and Colombian courage: a tale of two referenda

Brexit cowardice and Colombian courage: a tale of two referenda

The divergent reactions of Britain’s Theresa May and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos to crucial yet dysfunctional referenda reveal a great deal about the nature of democracy and leadership today, writes Jean-Paul Faguet.