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El Tiempo, Aug. 3

"Police destroyed 104 FARC laboratories in Guaviare," reads the Wednesday front page of the Colombian daily El Tiempo. An accompanying image shows security forces operating in the nation's thick southeastern jungle.

The head of the anti-narcotics police announced yesterday that the 104 cocaine laboratories, run by the FARC (or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla army, produced some 100 tons of the drug annually.

Police have adapted their strategy over the past few months, targeting traffickers and producers rather than farmers who grow the coca plant, the daily reports.

The southeastern part of the nation has been battling drug trafficking for years. "This is a structural blow to the finances of drug trafficking," Gen. Jose Angel Mendoza, the anti-narcotics police director, said.

This major drug bust comes just weeks after the Colombian government and FARC rebels signed a historic ceasefire deal in hopes of ending more than five decades of civil war.

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How U.S. Airlines Are Doing Cuba's Dirty Work On American Soil

American and Southwest Airlines have been refusing to allow Cubans on board flights if they've been blacklisted by the government in Havana.

How U.S. Airlines Are Doing Cuba's Dirty Work On American Soil

Boarding a plane in Camaguey, Cuba

Santiago Villa

On Sunday, American Airlines refused to let Cuban writer Carlos Manuel Álvarez board a Miami flight bound for Havana. It was at least the third time this year that a U.S. airline refused to let Cubans on board to return to their homeland after Havana circulated a government "blacklist" of critics of the regime. Clearly undemocratic and possibly illegal under U.S. law, the airlines want to make sure to cash in on a lucrative travel route, writes Colombian journalist Santiago Villa:

-OpEd-

Imagine for a moment that you left your home country years ago because you couldn't properly pursue your chosen career there. It wasn't easy, of course: Your profession is not just singularly demanding, but even at the top of the game you might not be assured a stable or sufficient income, and you've had to take on second jobs, working in bars and restaurants.

This chosen vocation is that of a writer or journalist, or perhaps an artist, which has kept you tied to your homeland, often the subject of your work, even if you don't live there anymore.

Since leaving, you've been back home several times, though not so much for work. Because if you did, you would be followed in cars and receive phone calls to let you know you are being watched.

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