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Could A Colombia-Style Peace Process Work In Mexico?

New President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is calling for a paradigm shift in Mexico's war on hyper-violent drug cartels. Colombia's peace deal with the FARC may serve as a model.

Drugs in Mexico
Drugs in Mexico
Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY There is an immense temptation in Mexico to follow Colombia's path toward peace. The process there has not yet concluded. Nor does it enjoy universal backing. And yet, the Colombian experience is exemplary for its depth and solidity, both conceptually and in terms of the actual steps being taken. It is seeking not only to resolve the continent's most longstanding violent conflict, but to incorporate violent elements back into ordinary, day-to-day life.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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