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Eye of the Optimist-More Good News

I have been searching for the light while looking over news carried by the mass and some fringe media online lately. In addition to yesterday's posting, I want to paste in the following. It pertains the progress in bringing about a just and lasting peace to the bloody mess in Colombia that has involved drug warlords, state terror and cowboy style extrajudicial policing, as well as conflagrations and added violence perpetrated by a range of private paramilitary, some of which have been state sanctioned and aided by the U.S. (If you doubt this, just see the documentaries concerning the Medellin drug -cocaine- cartel and hunt for Pablo Escobar, such as the 2007 production directed by S. Dupler.)

At long last, negotiations are headed for a permanent peace accord between the communist guerrilla group known as FARC and the Colombian government. The conflict has gone on for over 50 years and cost 100's of thousands of lives, drained the state coffers and hindered social and economic development all that time, besides creating an atmosphere of extreme fear and violence about which word of death squads and disappearances became legendary around the globe

(Deutsche Welle online News, October 18, 2015)

COLOMBIABogota, FARC rebels reach agreement on Colombia missing
The Colombian government and the leftist guerilla group FARC have reached a deal on searching for the thousands missing and presumed dead in their conflict. A definitive peace deal might be signed within six months.

It is estimated that about 51,000 people went missing during the decades-long conflict between the FARC rebels and the Colombian government. The two sides reached an agreement that launches steps to search for and locate those missing, as well as identify and return their remains, Cuban diplomat Rodolfo Benitez told reporters in Havana.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), the largest leftist guerilla group still active in the country, and the Colombian government began peace talks in the Cuban capital in November 2012.The new agreement also sets up a special unit to focus on the task with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Colombia's National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, 

Benitez added.The work of this special unit would be "humanitarian and extrajudicial", diplomats in Havana announced.Bogota and the rebels plan to share information about those missing and the places where unidentified victims have been buried.In September, negotiators from both sides signed a deal on justice for crimes committed during the conflict that erupted in 1964 in the aftermath of a peasant uprising in Columbia and killed more than 220,000 people.Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos vowed that a definitive peace deal with the FARC rebels would be signed within six months.das/se (AFP, EFE)


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