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Hostage Nation: Colombia's Guerilla Army & the Failed War on Drugs

When: Tue., Dec. 7, 5 p.m. 2010

It seems that the history of Colombia in the time of kidnappings and murder is starting to be told. A few weeks ago, there was a screening of The Two Escobars, the fantastic documentary about the unrelated Pablo and Andres Escobar, respectively a drug lord and a martyred soccer player. And going back a few more weeks, Ingrid Betancourt, a former hostage of Colombian guerrillas, was making the rounds promoting her account of her half-decade of captivity at the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Now, journalists Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes and Jorge Enrique Botero will gather to discuss their co-written book, Hostage Nation: Colombia's Guerrilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs. Winner of the third annual Washington Office on Latin America-Duke Book Award, which honors the year's best English-language book on human rights in Latin America, this title explores the complex nexus of drugs, corruption and American influence that enabled the rise of FARC, one of the world's most powerful rebel armies. The talk and signing begins at 5 p.m. —David Fellerath

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