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In rural Colombia, your dead body can earn somebody a significant cash bonus – paid for indirectly by the US taxpayer.
For years, Colombia has been a recipient of large amounts of US military aid and is one of Washington’s last close allies in South America. Its government has received billions of dollars to fight drug production and the civil war
an incentive, security forces were offered a financial reward for each guerrilla killed in combat. Soldiers have since killed hundreds of civil
The stories of falsos positivos, or “false positives”, have been in the open for more than a year, but the official position of the right-wing president, Álvaro Uribe, has been that the slayings were isolated incidents perpetrated by a few bad apples