Monthly Archives: October 2016

Colombia and FARC Deal Rejected and Brief History

Recently, the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos signed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia(known as FARC, the Spanish acronym), but the Colombian citizens needed to approve it before the deal went through. However, the measure failed by less than a half of a point a couple of weeks ago. Reports show that voter turnout was below 40 percent, which didn’t appear to be surprising considering what was on the ballot. Now most people have no clue who the FARC are. Here’s a brief history of them and their relationship with the Colombian government.

The FARC are a long-standing rebel group that formed in 1964. Their ideology is considered to be that of a Marxist-Leninist Communist one. In fact, a member of the Colombian Communist Party founded FARC. Colombia is known for drug trafficking, such as cocaine. In the mid-1970s and through the 1980s, FARC began smuggling cocaine and other drugs to fund their operations. In fact, at one point, roughly 60 percent of drug trading was controlled by FARC.

Over the last four years, the Colombian government and FARC have negotiated the peace deal. Despite some bumps in the road, such as an FARC kidnapping of an army general, the two sides agreed to a deal.

Throughout its history, and especially since the early 20th century, Colombia has had massive wealth inequality, and it’s just getting worseIn fact, Colombia is one of the ten most unequal countries in the world. The issue is a factor into the creation of FARC. The peace deal could still eventually be put into effect, but it will take time and renegotiations.

Vice Presidential Debate Preview and Why It Will Be a Disaster

Tomorrow will be the only Vice Presidential Debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine. If you had seen my last post, I wrote about how the Presidential Debates are a failure because of the parties and the media. Just because it’s a vice presidential debate, it doesn’t mean that there will be significant improvements from the Presidential Debate.

Here are just a few suggestions for a real debate.

  1. Fact-checking: This shouldn’t be something that should be debated. The candidates have to be held accountable for inaccurate statements. There should be one or two real-time fact checkers at the debate.
  2.  Questions on corruption: American politics is becoming increasingly corrupt, and money in the political system is hindering our democracy.
  3.  Questions on climate change: Carbon in the atmosphere is over 400 parts per million, and according to researchers it has reached 400 parts per million for the indefinite future.
  4.  Questions on Poverty: Almost absent from the first debate even though close to 75% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.
  5. Questions on Racial Issues: Issues such as police brutality have been in the limelight and African-Americans have been disproportionately shot by police as an example.

Unfortunately, this won’t happen because the Mainstream Media isn’t focusing on all the real issues and policy substance as Harvard studies found out throughout the election cycle, from the invisible primary through the primary itself.