Farmers extract raw opium from poppies in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.
Conventional thinking on drugs, conflict and development isn’t working – here's why.
FARC members construct a camp in a transition zone in 2017.
Interviews with former fighters show the pandemic is putting a fragile peace process under strain.
A marijuana trafficker practicing his aim in the Guajira, epicenter of Colombia’s first drug boom, in 1979.
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Step aside, Pablo Escobar. New research shows it was poor farmers who helped turn Colombia into the world's largest drug producer when they started growing and exporting pot in the 1970s.
Residents of the Dona Marta favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, work to clean up community areas.
Coronavirus is serving Latin American organised crime well.
Venezuelans try to enter Colombia at the closed Simon Bolivar international bridge borders crossing, March 16, 2020. Normally, 40,000 Venezuelans come into Colombia every day.
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The coronavirus-related closure of the Colombian border hasn't stopped desperate Venezuelans from entering – but it has made the trip more dangerous.
Colombia is the world’s second-biggest cut flower exporter.
AP Photo/Fernando Vergara
A program intended to reduce coca production ended up giving two Latin American countries a big boost to their flower power.
A member of the military in Manilla, Philippines with wrapped sachets of “holy host” as the country goes into quarantine during the COVID-19 crisis.
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An external shock such as coronavirus merely presses pause on conflicts and offers little hope for solutions.
Colombian soldiers patrol the streets of Bogota on March 30, 2020, during a mandatory national quarantine.
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A nationally mandated quarantine isn't keeping Colombia's armed groups at home. Despite calls for a ceasefire, they are still killing activists, threatening humanitarian workers and seizing aid.
More than 2,000 women were processed through demobilization camps in Colombia as the government transitions disarmed FARC guerrillas back into civilian life, Jan. 18, 2017.
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Small business grants are supposed to help Colombia's disarmed FARC fighters start new lives as entrepreneurs. But interviews with 12 female ex-insurgents suggests the government plan may fail women.
An indigenous leader from Brazil protests against the destruction of their lands and people.
While celebrating the millions on streets in London and Vancouver, we must not forget the sacrifices of people in the Global South.
Venezuelans hoping to cross into Ecuador via Colombia amass at the Rumichaca border bridge in Tulcan, Ecuador, as new visa restrictions limiting migration took effect, Aug. 26, 2019.
Citing national security, Ecuador, Peru and Chile have all made it harder for Venezuelan migrants to enter the country, and xenophobia is rising across the region – even in more welcoming Colombia.
FARC commander Iván Márquez issued a return to armed struggle in a video posted Aug. 29, 2019.
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Dissidents in Colombia's FARC guerrillas are threatening to renew armed struggle three years after signing a landmark peace deal. Here, experts explain the history of Colombia's fragile peace process.
Red Cross forensic specialist Stephen Fonseca, right, searches for bodies in a field of ruined maize in Magaru, Mozambique, after Cyclone Idai, April 4, 2019.
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Meet the unsung aid workers who put their lives on the line during war and natural disaster to make sure the dead are treated with respect – and that their grieving families get closure.
Women dance during a protest march against the killing of activists, in Bogota, Colombia, on July 26, 2019. Colombians took to the streets to call for an end to a wave of killings in the wake of the nation’s peace deal.
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In Colombia, a 2016 peace agreement does not contain the ongoing violence. Violence escalates as criminal armed groups replace the FARC rebels in a violent battle for land and resources.
Police protect a judicial complex where former FARC rebel leader Seuxis Hernandez was standing trial on May 20, 2019. The former peace negotiator has been arrested on drug charges and is now fighting extradition to the United States.
AP Photo/Ivan Valencia
Colombia's new president opposes the 2016 peace deal with the FARC guerrillas. As trust between the government and militants erodes, at least 1,700 former insurgents have returned to armed struggle.
Crossing the river to Colombia.
Cross border security is at serious risk. So are the lives of the people who live there.
The Flint Hills Resources oil refinery, near downtown Houston.
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The coal, oil and natural gas industries are also connected with human rights violations, public health disasters and environmental devastation.
A police officer and an onlooker embrace after a car bomb killed 21 soldiers in Bogotá, Colombia, on Jan. 17, 2019.
A 2016 accord with the FARC guerrillas was supposed to end Colombia's 52-year civil war. But a deadly car bomb in Bogotá shows that armed insurgents still threaten the South American country.
An anti-government protester covers her face with a Venezuelan flag, and uses toothpaste around her eyes to help lessen the effect of tear gas, during clashes with security forces after a rally demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela.
(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Canada has been considered a human rights champion when it comes to accepting Syrian refugees. So why is it doing next to nothing for those fleeing Venezuela?
There are over 100 species of wild coffee, but only a few supply the world's morning caffeine kick. Sadly, climate change and disease could be about to change that.