STEVEN COHEN: Why Colombia Said No to Peace

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New Republic – On Sunday, Colombian voters shocked the world by voting against a peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), an immense setback for the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos that left the country’s future in limbo. Santos said a cease-fire with the FARC would remain in place, and that he would “convene all political groups … to open spaces for dialogue and determine how we will go ahead.” Whether the FARC will be open to an accord that demands more concessions remains an open question.

Hesmar Agudelo Granada has what you need, even if you don’t know you need it yet. Saws, herbs, pot handles, a dusty but lightly worn copy of The Modern Girl and Sex, by Dr. Juan F. Night. He sets up his cart on the same corner every morning, one block over from the main plaza in Puerto Asís, a boom town in Colombia’s southern coca-growing region, along the border with Ecuador. The merchandise varies, depending on availability, but if he doesn’t have what you’re looking for, he probably knows where to find it.

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