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Unformatted text preview: Colombia The Republic of Colombia is one of the few countries in the world bordering two oceans. Most notorious for its drug production, kidnappings and on-going thing with FARC. And coffee. You can't forget the coffee. Currently led by Juan Manuel Santos, the state is a stable pro-American democracy and usually faces tensions with its neighbours because of this. The ongoing conflict with FARC has greatly diminished thanks to strong military response from Uribe's (former president) goverment, and FARC has gone from being an irregular army to little more than a criminal threat. Unfortunately, many of those in FARC take cover in neighbouring countries with "affinity" to its "ideology" (in theory communism, but in Real Life they just kidnap people and hold them for ransom like any other criminal group). It's usually painted like a drug- and violence-ridden hellhole , which couldn't be farther from the truth. Since 2005 the country has progressively gotten better, so much The Economist has written truth....
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- Winter '09