Deadly infection on the Colombian Pacific coast: Where is the state? (openDemocracy)

Five children died last week due to an infection in Chocó; the last one only a year and a half old. The Ministry of Health confirmed the deaths in a tweet, but all the focus was on the coronavirus.

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Colombia: A Nobel Prize to save peace (Remi Piet)

Egypt’s economic policy: See no evil, hear no evil (Adel Abdel Ghafar)

US-Middle East: Plan B stands for bankruptcy (Marwan Bishara)

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Duterte changes the South China Sea tone (Graeme Dobell)

Rodrigo Duterte is a maddening, murderous maverick who’s achieved a weird feat in the South China Sea (SCS)—delivering benefits to both China and the United States. His swing towards China offers Beijing all sorts of goodies, from the possibility of a bilateral deal in the SCS to a chance to unbalance the US rebalance.

Colombia’s president sells the skin before catching the bear (Cesar Alvarez)

This year won’t only be remembered by who gets elected to the Oval Office. It’ll also be known as the year the Colombian public rejected a hard-fought peace deal with the leftist guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The rules of extraction: Australia and the Timor Sea (Elisabeth Buchan)

On 19 September, Timor-Leste won a minor victory in its ongoing dispute with Australia over rights to resources in the Timor Sea. The UN Conciliation Commission, convened under the Annex V conciliation proceedings of UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), rejected Australia’s bid to block proceedings.

Despite ‘No’ Referendum, Colombia Peace Process Remains a Model for Women’s Participation (Mayesha Alam, CFR)

After more than half a century of civil war, Colombians voted in a referendum to reject a peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known commonly as FARC). This vote came after years of intense negotiations in Havana mediated by an array of international actors. The result is a major blow to Jose Manuel Santos’ administration. What went wrong with the plebiscite will surely be the topic of many autopsies by external observers and soul-searching by those who shepherded the peace process.

Five Questions After Colombia’s Surprising Vote Against Peace (Matthew Taylor, CFR)

Pollsters’ best bets were radically overturned in Colombia Sunday, as widespread apathy and torrential rains dampened turnout in the referendum on the peace deal. Opponents of the deal appeared as surprised as anyone at their own victory, triumphing by fewer than 55,000 votes in a country of 33 million voters. Abstention topped 60 percent, and the “No” side won with the support of less than one-fifth of total voters, by a margin of 0.16 percent of those eligible to vote.

Voters said “no” to peace in Colombia. What’s next? (Vanda Felbab-Brown, Brookings)

Colombia and the world were shocked Sunday night when a Colombian national referendum on the peace accord with the country’s main leftist guerrilla group rejected the deal. The margin for “no” was razor-thin: With some 13 million people voting, 50.2 percent opposed the deal while 49.8 percent supported it.