Colombia’s plight: Trafficking in hope?


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Sept. 5, 2004. BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Indicted on charges of shipping tons of cocaine into the United States, right-wing militia leader Salvatore Mancuso insists he and his followers are Colombia’s only hope. Disbanding his militia, he told Colombian lawmakers recently, would be

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Medellin plays down bloody reputation


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Dec. 4, 1996. MEDELLIN, Colombia – The former murder capital of the Western Hemisphere is turning over a new leaf – and it’s not a coca leaf, either. Ex-hit men are casting aside their Uzis and taking guitar lessons, social workers say.

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