Colombia Peace Deal Gets a Do-Over Without Voter Approval
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FEATURING HECTOR ARISTIZABAL – Colombian President Juan Manual Santos, just about a month after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, oversaw the negotiation of a historic peace accord that is meant to formally end one of the most politically violent chapters in his nation’s history. In a move that shocked the world, Colombians narrowly voted against ratifying the peace deal in early October. Now, this new attempt at salvaging what voters rejected, circumvents direct democracy.
The talks for the original peace deal that brought together Colombian government officials with representatives of the rebel FARC group, were hosted by Cuba, a nation that lost its greatest leader over the weekend. Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90.
Hector Aristizabal, therapist, psychologist, actor, artist and activist and is the founder and Artistic Director of Imaginaction, a non-profit theater arts organization. Originally from Colombia, Hector is a survivor of torture and has been closely following the politics of the peace deal.