Juan Manuel Santos http://wlrn.org en President Santos Is Colombia's Comeback Kid, Wins Re-Election http://wlrn.org/post/president-santos-colombias-comeback-kid-wins-re-election <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is back from the brink. Polls had indicated he could lose his re-election bid in Sunday’s presidential run-off vote. But he won another four years in office&nbsp;– and that also breathes new life into Colombia's peace process.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:49:56 +0000 Tim Padgett 33998 at http://wlrn.org President Santos Is Colombia's Comeback Kid, Wins Re-Election Could Trying To Forge Peace With Guerrillas Cost Colombia's President An Election? http://wlrn.org/post/could-trying-forge-peace-guerrillas-cost-colombias-president-election <p></p><p>Any presidential election in Colombia these days is a matter of high stakes.</p><p>That’s because the country – now South America’s second-largest economy and the United States’ most important ally on that continent – is in the midst of peace talks with Marxist guerrillas known as the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces, or FARC, to end a half-century-long civil war.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:39:11 +0000 Tim Padgett 32642 at http://wlrn.org Could Trying To Forge Peace With Guerrillas Cost Colombia's President An Election? With Miami's Help, Colombia Trades Battle Lines For Zip Lines http://wlrn.org/post/miamis-help-colombia-trades-battle-lines-zip-lines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I interviewed Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos last year in </span>Bogotá<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he crowed about foreign investment pouring into his country. A nation considered a failed, civil war-torn&nbsp;</span>narco-state<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> less than a decade ago was now one of South America’s hottest money&nbsp;magnets, doubling its take from the previous year.</span></p><p>“This is completely out of anyone’s imagination,” Santos said.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:34:56 +0000 Tim Padgett 24558 at http://wlrn.org With Miami's Help, Colombia Trades Battle Lines For Zip Lines