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Letter from Colombia

Colombia has emerged from anarchy. Nation-builders elsewhere should be taking note

The government now has a presence in the country’s isolated areas, like the Sierra Nevada

In the gloom of the night, a man with a gun waved our car down and told us to stop. Ten years ago the sight of him would have made me step on the gas pedal. But ten years ago, I would never have dared drive down this road. Back then, left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries set up checkpoints like this and kidnapped passengers for ransom. The practice was called pesca milagrosa (miraculous fishing). Now the roadblocks are set by the police and army. The…

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