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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 […]

Santos convokes opponents after divided Colombia rejects peace deal with FARC rebels

Santos convokes opponents after divided Colombia rejects peace deal with FARC rebels

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos summoned all political parties, particularly the conservative opposition, for an urgency meeting on Monday after the country’s voters unexpectedly suspended an ongoing peace process with FARC rebels. The president couldn’t have faced a more divided Colombia and the losing of the referendum couldn’t have come at a worst time, one […]

The Devils Breath – Blackout in Bogota

The Devils Breath – Blackout in Bogota

From Freeborn Aiden, Scopolamine spiking’s or (“Devils Breath” to use its sinister, headline friendly street name) are apparently at pandemic level in Colombia with some sources even claiming that 1 in 5 casualty admissions in Bogotá are now owing to the drug (although a closer look qualifies this as, at most, 1 in 5 poisoning […]

Historic Colombia Peace Deal Is Signed!

Historic Colombia Peace Deal Is Signed!

TODAY COLOMBIA – The Colombian government and left-wing Farc rebels have signed a historic agreement that formally brings an end to 52 years of civil war. The rebel leader Timoleon Jimenez, known as Timochenko, apologised to “all the victims of the conflict” and was greeted by cheers and applause. Colombia’s President Santos, left, and the […]

Crime Wave Hits Cartagena

Crime Wave Hits Cartagena

Cartagena, Colombia’s coastal city TODAY COLOMBIA – A crime wave has hit Colombia’s port city of Cartagena just days before government officials and FARC rebels are scheduled to arrive there to sign a peace agreement, foreshadowing the type of security challenges the country will face once the deal is finalized. A series of public acts […]

The war in Colombia is over, Santos tells UN

The war in Colombia is over, Santos tells UN

  A day later than expected, Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos appeared before the United Nations’ General Assembly on Wednesday to present world leaders the peace deal that would end the state’s half-a-century armed conflict with leftist FARC guerrillas. When attending last year’s General Assembly “I said I hoped to return here, in the year 2016, as […]

We’ll come after your money, Santos tells FARC

We’ll come after your money, Santos tells FARC

  Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday warned leftist rebels that their illicit fortune would be seized and used to pay reparations to war victims should voters approve a peace agreement in an Oct. 2 plebiscite. Speaking at Reuters Newsmaker forum in New York, Santos noted Colombia’s history of seizing assets from drug cartels, […]

Colombia’s rebels have survived war. Can they survive peace?

Colombia’s rebels have survived war. Can they survive peace?

(From Latimes.com) After more than five decades of bloody civil war, Colombia’s infamous armed guerrillas were preparing for peace. Big-name bands from Bogota descended on a remote stretch of rebel-held savanna, where the rebels had erected a Coachella-sized stage. Hundreds of arriving journalists were greeted not with rifles drawn, but by a public relations team […]

“Yes” Option Leads In Colombia’s Peace Deal Polls

“Yes” Option Leads In Colombia’s Peace Deal Polls

Rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, stand in formation during the group’s 10th conference in the Yari Plains, Colombia, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, where leaders and delegates gathered to vote on the accord reached last month with the Colombian government to end five decades of war. (Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press) (Today Colombia) […]

Miami Colombians Divided Over Peace With A Guerrilla ‘Mafia’

Miami Colombians Divided Over Peace With A Guerrilla ‘Mafia’

Give to Colombia founder Angela Maria “Nai” Tafur at her home in Key Biscayne.. Tim Padgett / WLRN.org (Today Colombia) WRLN.org – Colombia’s protracted peace talks have put a serious dent in President Juan Manuel Santos’ approval rating at home – and across the Caribbean. Santos is probably most unpopular in South Florida, home to […]