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Why Coca Leaf, Not Coffee, May Always be Colombia’s Favourite Cash Crop

Why Coca Leaf, Not Coffee, May Always be Colombia’s Favourite Cash Crop

A peasant walks among coca crops in Cauca, Colombia. Picture taken January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga – RTSXUBA TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia’s current peace process is facing numerous challenges. In a country that has suffered the worst impacts of the international drug war, one main dilemma is this: what to do with rural regions which […]

Monuments Made of FARC Guerrillas’ Weapons to Be Erected at UN Headquarters

Monuments Made of FARC Guerrillas’ Weapons to Be Erected at UN Headquarters

Photo: Oleg Yasinsky TODAY COLOMBIA – Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been handing their weapons over to the United Nations as part of the peace agreement they signed with the Colombian government on November 24, 2016, to end Latin America’s longest-running armed conflict. In an interview with Sputnik Mundo, Camilo […]

Colombia Prepares National Congress of Peace

Colombia Prepares National Congress of Peace

Photo for illustrative purposes. Reuters TODAY COLOMBIA (Prensa Latina) Defenders of procedures to end the Colombian conflict, will celebrate in April the Congress of Peace in which ideas to boost implementation of the documents signed with the FARC-EP, confirmed its organizers. Social and political sectors agreeing with the peace process define the details of the […]

Colombia Braces for Impact of Returning Drug Traffickers and Paramilitaries

Colombia Braces for Impact of Returning Drug Traffickers and Paramilitaries

TODAY COLOMBIA (Insightcrime.org) The release of Colombian underworld boss “Perra loca” from a US prison is adding to fears that a flood of recently freed drug lords and paramilitaries could have a violent impact on the country’s already volatile criminal landscape. US authorities have deported Hector Restrepo Santamaría, alias “Perra loca,” back to Colombia after […]

“He Is Very Happy That He Is Going To Heaven”: Son of Colombian Executed in China

“He Is Very Happy That He Is Going To Heaven”: Son of Colombian Executed in China

Ismael Arciniegas, 72 years of age, is the first Colombian to be executed by China for drug trafficking. TODAY COLOMBIA – Ismael Arciniegas is the first Colombian to executed in China for drug trafficking.The execution is took place on 27 February 2017. Colombia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday protested to China in a last-minute diplomatic effort […]

Baby Boom in Colombia’s Farc Rebel Army

Baby Boom in Colombia’s Farc Rebel Army

TODAY COLOMBIA – Since the landmark Colombian peace deal came into force last December, the Farc rebel group has been been experiencing a baby boom. During the 50 year-long conflict, female Farc fighters were banned from getting pregnant and some were even forced to have abortions. Now that peace has come many women are putting […]

Bogota & Playing Tejo, The Colombian Sport of Throwing Rocks at Gunpowder

Bogota & Playing Tejo, The Colombian Sport of Throwing Rocks at Gunpowder

Playing Tejo: The Colombian Sport of Throwing Rocks at Gunpowder TODAY COLOMBIA – Bowling alleys will never seem the same once you’ve been to Colombia and played tejo. Not unless you employ equal amounts of beer and gunpowder. Here’s how this little-known Colombian sport works: you throw a lump of metal – it looks like […]

War and Drug Trafficking in Colombia Prison System

War and Drug Trafficking in Colombia Prison System

La Picota prison in Bogota, Colombia TODAY COLOMBIA (Insightcrime.org) Colombia’s prisons are a reflection of the multiple conflicts that have plagued the country for the last half-century. Paramilitaries, guerrillas and drug trafficking groups have vied for control of the jails where they can continue to manage their operations on the outside. Instead of corralling these […]

Odebrecht Bribes in Colombia Passed through Panama

Odebrecht Bribes in Colombia Passed through Panama

The corruption scandal shakes Colombia TODAY COLOMBIA (Prensa Latina) An investigation carried out by the Public Ministry of Panama, concerning a ghost company of Odebrecht provided information for the corruption scandal that shakes Colombia, publishes today daily La Estrella de Panama. Last January 24, the seventh prosecutor anticorruption district, Alexandra Vence, asked the Public Registry […]

Will Trump Double Down on Drug War Capitalism with Plan Colombia?

Will Trump Double Down on Drug War Capitalism with Plan Colombia?

Plan Colombia from Semana.com TODAY COLOMBIA (Telesur) Saturday (February 4) marks the 16th anniversary of Plan Colombia, a multi-billion dollar U.S. counternarcotics and counterinsurgency military aid package given to Colombia under President Bill Clinton. It also marks one year since Presidents Barack Obama and Juan Manuel Santos announced Plan Colombia 2.0, rebranded “Paz Colombia” in honor […]

How the United States’ stricter visa requirements affect Colombians

How the United States’ stricter visa requirements affect Colombians

  The United States has changed its visa requirements on Wednesday. Here is how this affects Colombians wanting to visit the North American country. According to the US Embassy in Colombia website, effective immediately, interviews will now be required in all cases, except: Diplomatic and official visa applicants from foreign governments and international organizations (categories: […]

Colombia and Peru Back Mexico in Trump Border Wall Conflict

Colombia and Peru Back Mexico in Trump Border Wall Conflict

Despite not saying Trump’s name aloud, both leaders made it clear where they stand on the issue of a US-Mexico border wall. (andina) TODAY COLOMBIA – The Presidents of Peru and Colombia expressed their support for Mexico this weekend regarding the wall US President Donald Trump is planning to build along the border to out […]

The Irony: 33 Injured At Rally Against Bullfights in Bogota

The Irony: 33 Injured At Rally Against Bullfights in Bogota

“It is clearly a political issue,” Spectator Felipe Castillo said. Photo EFE TODAY COLOMBIA, Bogotá – Hundreds of protesters clashed with police forces and harassed spectators that were making their way to a bullring in Santamaría Plaza in the Colombian capital Bogota on Sunday, as bullfighting (corrida de toros) returned to the city for the […]

Colombia Port Town in Bloody Battle Over Former FARC Turf

Colombia Port Town in Bloody Battle Over Former FARC Turf

TODAY COLOMBIA from Insightcrime.org / At least four criminal groups are apparently running the illegal economies in the port of Tumaco on Colombia’s Pacific coast, which is resulting in homicides and mass community displacement. Tumaco, the site of battles for former FARC turf As the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia […]

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 […]

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