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People pan for gold along the Dagua River, Zaragoza, Colombia, July 8, 2009 (AP photo by Christian Escobar Mora).

Colombia’s Gold Miners Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s Editor-in-Chief Judah Grunstein and host Peter Dörrie discuss ISIS and al-Qaida affiliates, El Salvador’s murder epidemic and the impact of the drop in global commodities prices. For the report, journalist James Bargent joins us to discuss illegal gold mining and violence in Colombia.


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Relevant articles on WPR:

ISIS vs. Al-Qaida: How Do Affiliates Choose?
El Salvador’s Murder Epidemic and the Paradox of Peacebuilding Success
With Little International Support, Unrecognized States Turn to Each Other
WPR’s Global Insider Series on the Commodities Cycle
Lengthy Oil Slump Could Force Saudi Arabia’s Hand on Economic Reforms
After ‘Wasted’ Boom Years, Azerbaijan Pays the Price of Energy-Revenue Dependency
On Solid Ground: Toward Effective Resource-Based Development
Resource Resilience: How to Break the Commodities Cycle

Trend Lines is produced, edited and hosted by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focussing on security and resource politics in Africa. He can be followed on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

Additional audio credits:

Al Jazeera English: Fault Lines - Colombia’s Gold Rush
New York Times: Colombia’s Gold Rush
AFP: Gold mining in Colombia brings benefits but also violence