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Gringo Roundtable on the Colombia-FARC Peace Deal

Gringo Roundtable on the Colombia-FARC Peace Deal

People sing the national anthem in Cali, Colombia, on June 23, 2016 celebrating the peace agreement between the Colombian governenment and the FARC leftist guerrilla to be signed today in Havana, taking one of the last crucial steps toward ending Latin America’s longest civil war. / AFP / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS […]

So How’s That Medellin Tech Hub Going?

So How’s That Medellin Tech Hub Going?

Photo from thecitypaperbogota.com (TODAY COLOMBIA) By Colin, Expat-Chronicles – Around 2011 and 2012 the city of Medellin, Colombia began trying to bill itself as the Silicon Valley of Latin America. It is a wealthy city on Latin American standards, so Colombians and specifically residents of Medellin had a field day with that new image to […]

Can Colombia Meet Its Huge 2017 Coca Eradication Goal?

Can Colombia Meet Its Huge 2017 Coca Eradication Goal?

Can Colombia Meet Its Huge 2017 Coca Eradication Goal? TODAY COLOMBIA (Insightcrime.org) Colombia has outlined plans to mitigate surging coca cultivations — one of the biggest threats to lasting peace in the country — as the FARC guerrillas’ demobilization process moves slowly forward. The Colombian government will aim to eradicate 100,000 hectares of the cocaine-producing […]

Colombia Eases Inflation in 2016 but Level Still Worrying at 5.75%

Colombia Eases Inflation in 2016 but Level Still Worrying at 5.75%

Colombian Peso TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia’s National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), reported that inflation clocked in at 5.75% during 2016, a slight decrease compared to 2015, when the figure was 6.77%. Like many emerging market economies, Colombia has struggled to balance economic growth and inflation. The lowest annual inflation occurred in the clothing sector […]

UN Officials Party with FARC Guerrillas They Are Supposed to Monitor

UN Officials Party with FARC Guerrillas They Are Supposed to Monitor

A video which shows UN and FARC members enjoying New Year’s Eve together, has caused a stir on social media TODAY COLOMBIA – The news agency EFE recently published videos in which members of the United Nations verification mission are observed dancing with FARC guerrillas during New Year’s Eve festivities in El Conejo, a municipality […]

Colombian Governor Accuses FARC of Sexual Abuse of Minors in Relocation Sites

Colombian Governor Accuses FARC of Sexual Abuse of Minors in Relocation Sites

FARC said the accusations were made to sabotage the peace effort. TODAY COLOMBIA – Officials at the municipality of Yondó in Colombia’s Antioquia Department said FARC have been sexually abusing minors in the pre-grouping areas where they have been sent before moving to permanent settlements for surrender. According to complainants, a group of at least […]

Drugs and Trafficking Behind Death of 15 Foreigners in Medellin

Drugs and Trafficking Behind Death of 15 Foreigners in Medellin

Many of the killings of foreigners occurred in the streets of El Poblado, Laureles and Belen TODAY COLOMBIA – In the Medellin morgue lies corpse a foreigner who was kidnapped at the end of October in a Poblado commercial centre. According to the outgoing commander of the Metropolitan Police, General José Gerardo Acevedo, the case […]

5 Killed In Colombia Cargo Plane Crash

5 Killed In Colombia Cargo Plane Crash

Colombian cargo plane crash kills five crew TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – Five crew members were killed and a sixth injured on Monday when their Boeing 727-200 cargo plane crashed in eastern Colombia. The accident involving the AeroSucre plane took place some six miles from Puerto Carreño, a town in the Vichada province that is located […]

Colombia Announces Argentina-Style Price Controls on Food

Colombia Announces Argentina-Style Price Controls on Food

The Colombian Ministry of Agriculture has introduced price controls on basic food items in Colombia during the Holiday Season (YouTube). TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – The Colombian government has signed an agreement with five major food warehouses in the country to impose price controls that freeze the price of red meat, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, and […]

Historic Meeting of Santos and Uribe With Pope Francisco In The Vatican

Historic Meeting of Santos and Uribe With Pope Francisco In The Vatican

President Santos and former President Uribe with Pope Francis in the Vatican TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS  – President Juan Manuel Santos and former president and current senator, Alvaro Uribe, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, in a bid to build consensus on the peace deal with the FARC. Uribe has been the deal’s […]

Colombia’s ELN Rebels in Crisis As Demobilization Rate Nearly Doubles

Colombia’s ELN Rebels in Crisis As Demobilization Rate Nearly Doubles

Rebels from Colombia’s second-largest guerrilla group have been demobilizing from the insurgency at nearly double last year’s rate, adding weight to concerns that the guerrilla leadership is incapable of controlling its troops — a factor that will likely hinder attempts to negotiate peace with the government. The Colombian Army has registered a 92 percent rise […]

Colombia, A Country Divided For Peace

Colombia, A Country Divided For Peace

The government’s pragmatic decision not to call a second referendum comes at a cost (From The Economist) THE announcement that Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, had won the 2016 Nobel peace prize came just as his effort to end the country’s long-standing conflict faced an unexpected test. In a referendum five days earlier, voters had […]

Why the Chapecoense Football Team’s Plane Ran Out Of Fuel

Why the Chapecoense Football Team’s Plane Ran Out Of Fuel

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – MUCH remains unknown about LaMia Airlines flight 2933, which crashed into the hills of Medellin on November 28th, killing 71 of the 77 people on board. Fans of Chapecoense, a Brazilian football team, must wait to hear the full story of how a chartered plane carrying 22 of their players and […]

Obstacles Remain After Colombia Ratifies New Peace Deal

Obstacles Remain After Colombia Ratifies New Peace Deal

In 150 days, all FARC weapons will be in the hands of the United Nations: President Santos, speaking in Bogota on November 30. TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS- Colombia’s Congress has ratified a revised version of the peace accord with the FARC, a positive sign of political will to move the process forward despite lingering uncertainties concerning […]

Plane taking Brazilian soccer team to cup final crashes in Colombia, 72 dead

Plane taking Brazilian soccer team to cup final crashes in Colombia, 72 dead

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS, LA UNION, Colombia – A plane carrying Brazilian top-tier soccer team Chapecoense to the biggest game in its history crashed in the Colombian mountains after reporting an electrical fault, killing 72 people, authorities said on Tuesday. Colombia’s worst air disaster in two decades killed all but five people as the team flew […]

Revised Peace Deal Signed in Colombia

Revised Peace Deal Signed in Colombia

Presidente Juan Manuel Santos holds the “pen” used to sign the new deal, the “Nuevo Acuerdo de Paz para Colombia”. The leader of the FARC, Rodrigo Londoño looks on during the ceremony Thursday morning in the Teatro Colón de Bogotá TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – Insightcrime.org – Colombia’s government and rebel group the FARC have signed […]

Colombian Kingpin “Mi Sangre” Extradited To The U.S.

Colombian Kingpin “Mi Sangre”  Extradited To The U.S.

Argentine policemen escort Henry de Jesus Lopez Londono, alleged leader of a Colombian drug trafficking outside a courthouse in Buenos Aires October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – Colombian kingpin “Mi Sangre” has been extradited from Argentina to the United States, closing a chapter in one of the most pivotal and turbulent periods in […]

Colombia Has a New Peace Deal, But Challenges Remain

Colombia Has a New Peace Deal, But Challenges Remain

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – Insightcrime.org – Forty days after Colombia rejected a peace agreement between the government and FARC rebels, a second deal has been signed with 56 amendments, getting the peace process back on track. Nevertheless, huge challenges remain. The new agreement was signed on November 12 in Havana, Cuba, the venue for more […]

Colombia’s Growing Local Drug Market Now Worth US$2 Billion

Colombia’s Growing Local Drug Market Now Worth US$2 Billion

Changing economic and criminal dynamics in the country had led to internal drug market growth in Colombia (Today Colombia) – Insightcrime.org -Colombia’s internal drug market has grown over the past few decades and is now worth an estimated US$2 billion dollars, a trend driven by changing economic and criminal dynamics in the country. A new […]

Raising Taxes in Colombia Will Not Help the Country’s Poor

Raising Taxes in Colombia Will Not Help the Country’s Poor

A view of Medellin from the Metro Cable. The common argument for more taxes in Colombia is that low-income people will access programs for free housing, health, and education. (Flickr) (Today Colombia) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has emphasized ad nauseum that though the tax reform is painful, it is inevitable if social programs benefiting […]

8 Years After Indictment, US Sentences Colombia Crime Boss

8 Years After Indictment, US Sentences Colombia Crime Boss

Maximilian Orozco Bonilla, alias “Valenciano,” (Today Colombia) A US court has sentenced a top Colombian drug trafficker years after he negotiated his way back to criminal life in Colombia, in a case that highlights weaknesses in the justice system of both countries. Maximilian Orozco Bonilla, alias “Valenciano,” formerly one of the leaders of the Oficina […]

Gringo Roundtable on the Colombia-FARC Peace Deal

Gringo Roundtable on the Colombia-FARC Peace Deal

A peace mural is painted near the road leading to Planadas, Colombia, where a peasant uprising in 1964 led to the birth of the FARC. (TODAY COLOMBIA) By Colin, Expat-Chronicles.com – I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the Colombia’s peace agreement with the FARC when the war officially ended on Aug. 28. But I […]

Colombians march to demand Farc peace deal be revived

Colombians march to demand Farc peace deal be revived

Thousands of Colombians have taken part in marches to demand that a peace deal signed by the government and Farc rebels be upheld. In Bogota, the capital and largest city in Colombia, families of victims were given white flowers by well-wishers to symbolise peace. The agreement, reached after years of negotiation, was rejected by a […]

Santos Wins Nobel Peace Prize Peace Talks

Santos Wins Nobel Peace Prize Peace Talks

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos (Reuters) OSLO/BOGOTA – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end a 52-year-old war with Marxist guerrillas, a surprise choice and a show of support days after voters rejected a peace deal he signed with the rebels. The Norwegian Nobel […]

Referendum in Colombia Does Not Spell End of Peace Process with FARC

Referendum in Colombia Does Not Spell End of Peace Process with FARC

The referendum in Colombia came as a surprise to authorities and international observers. (Youtube) (TODAY COLOMBIA) Uncertainty is sweeping Colombia following the narrow rejection of the government’s peace deal with the FARC guerrilla in Sunday’s referendum, against all odds. Colombians were left wondering whether there would be a new agreement and negotiation process or whether […]

Colombia rejects peace deal with FARC rebels in historic photo-finish referendum

Colombia rejects peace deal with FARC rebels in historic photo-finish referendum

In a historic vote, Colombia’s electorate on Sunday rejected a recently signed peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels, stopping in its tracks a peace process that had already begun. With 99.08% of the votes counted, the “No” option received 50.24% of the votes against 49.75% who voted “Yes.” The referendum obtained the necessary votes for it to be valid. […]

Peace in Colombia Could Mean Violence in Venezuela

Peace in Colombia Could Mean Violence in Venezuela

Colombian National Police photo (TODAY COLOMBIA) The political opposition in Venezuela has warned that Colombia’s peace deal with the FARC guerrillas could lead to an influx of fighters into Venezuela, a serious concern given the rebels’ firmly established presence in the country. Speaking on Venezuelan radio, the executive secretary for the opposition Coalition for Democratic […]

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