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5.9 Earthquake Rattles Medellin

5.9 Earthquake Rattles Medellin

  From Today Colombia- A shallow, 5.9 magnitude earthquake rattled residents of Colombia’s second-largest city of Medellin on Tuesday night in the country’s biggest tremor in over a year. Colombia’s natural disaster office said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck shortly before 9 p.m. […]

Colombian Ex-President Pastrana Wants to Meet with FARC Leader before the Referendum

Colombian Ex-President Pastrana Wants to Meet with FARC Leader before the Referendum

Former President Andrés Pastrana said he has never approved of the pace talks in Havana (Today Colombia) From Panamapost.com – Former President of Colombia Andrés Pastrana — one of the most vocal and important critics of the FARC peace accords — sent a letter to President Juan Manuel Santos in which he requested authorization to […]

Colombia, Chile and Ecuador Reign in the Latin America Green Awards

Colombia, Chile and Ecuador Reign in the Latin America Green Awards

Colombia, Chile and Ecuador Reign in the Latin America Green Awards (Prensa Latina) Representatives of socio-environmental projects in Colombia, Chile and Ecuador today celebrate the awards won in most of the 10 categories in the Latin America Green Awards, held in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil. The 10 winning works are part of the 30 […]

What Does Colombia Peace Deal Mean for Cocaine Trade?

What Does Colombia Peace Deal Mean for Cocaine Trade?

The FARC peace process negotiators in Havana, Cuba A peace agreement between Colombia‘s government and the country’s largest rebel army has been reached, and while the end of the five-decade old civil war has immense political and social implications, it’s not clear what is going to happen to the criminal economies that have sustained thousands of […]

Yes, You Can Leave The North America Bubble

Yes, You Can Leave The North America Bubble

(Q24N) Yes, you can leave the North America bubble It’s not the only place that matters I resisted moving to South America, as much as I enjoyed my time there during my mini-lives over the past several years. But yesterday, after selling or giving away all of my stuff, I moved to Colombia. In some […]

Migrant Boom Provides Opportunities For Colombia’s Criminal Groups

Migrant Boom Provides Opportunities For Colombia’s Criminal Groups

(TODAY COLOMBIA) A large influx of migrants from the Caribbean and other regions landing in Colombia has provided the country’s criminal groups with a ready-made opportunity to ramp up human smuggling operations. Migrants desperate to leave Cuba, where the average monthly salary is a paltry $17, have essentially two options, both of which are daunting: take the overland route […]

Organized Crime Threatens Referendum on Colombia Peace Deal

Organized Crime Threatens Referendum on Colombia Peace Deal

(TODAYY COLOMBIA) Electoral authorities say nearly 250 municipalities in Colombia are at risk of violence or fraud affecting the referendum on an anticipated peace deal with rebel group the FARC, adding to the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of this historic vote. In an August 12 press release, Colombia’s Electoral Observation Mission (Misión de Observación Electoral […]

After Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Colombia Is Now Talking About Medical Coca

After Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Colombia Is Now Talking About Medical Coca

(TODAY COLOMBIA) Only months after medical marijuana was legalized, the Colombia senator that successfully sought the legalization is now seeking to do the same with coca, the main ingredient for cocaine. Senator Juan Manuel Galan, the son of assassinated presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan, told press he will now push for the legalization of coca cultivation for […]

Fewer Homicides Good Business for Colombia’s Organized Crime?

Fewer Homicides Good Business for Colombia’s Organized Crime?

(Today Colombia) Colombia’s murder rate reached a 40-year low in 2015 despite evidence to suggest organized crime in the country is thriving, raising the question of what could lie behind this apparent contradiction. The latest statistics released by Colombian forensic institute Medicina Legal (pdf) show there were 11,585 murders in Colombia in 2015, giving the […]

Colombia To Deport Thousands To Battle Migrant Crisis

Colombia To Deport Thousands To Battle Migrant Crisis

More than 1,200 Cubans are stranded in Colombia with hundreds of them housed in a warehouse in the port town of Turbo. Raul Arboleda, –/AFP/File (Today Colombia) Colombia will undertake emergency measures against illegal migration, including deporting thousands of Cuban and other migrants and reinforcing its borders following a massive influx of people bound for […]

Colombia Declares Zika Epidemic Over!

Colombia Declares Zika Epidemic Over!

Six-weeks pregnant Daniela Rodriguez, 19, waits for test results after being diagnosed with the Zika virus at the Erasmo Meoz Hospital in Cucuta, Colombia, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Norte de Santander is the state with the highest cases of Zika virus in the country. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) (Today Colombia) Colombia health officials have declared the […]

What’s in a name? Colombia vs Columbia (Video)

What’s in a name? Colombia vs Columbia  (Video)

(Today Colombia) International politicians, celebrities and multinational companies have all made the same spelling mistake: Colombia is spelled with an O. Now, this South American nation is working to correct it. Adidas apologized for “Colombia” spelling mistake #ItsColombiaNotColumbia   Article originally appeared at Today Colombia. Reposted with permission.

Colombia cuts ribbon on Latin America’s first large tire recycling plant

Colombia cuts ribbon on Latin America’s first large tire recycling plant

Photo for illustrative purposes (Today Colombia) Colombian mining company Carbones del Cerrejon Ltd. has inaugurated Latin America’s first large-tire recycling plant, which will export part of its production to other countries in the region and to Asia. The plant in Albania, a municipality in the northeastern province of La Guajira, has the annual capacity to […]

US Issues Security Warning Over Colombia Truckers Strike

US Issues Security Warning Over Colombia Truckers Strike

The United States issued a security warning for Colombia where an ongoing truckers strike has raised tensions across the South American country. The alert urged US citizens on Friday to avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place. “Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence,” the State Department message warned. The […]

Colombia to militarize highways after angry truckers block roads

Colombia to militarize highways after angry truckers block roads

After 37 days of failed negotiations between the Colombia’s government and truckers, frustrated truck drivers began blocking roads and the government ordered the military to take action. The truckers have been on strike for 37 days already, demanding the government complies with promises made earlier that would alleviate the transporters’ dire economic situation. However, as […]

Latest Colombia Drug Boss Arrested in Ongoing Crackdown

Latest Colombia Drug Boss Arrested in Ongoing Crackdown

José Manuel Capera, alias “Nube Negra,” Colombian authorities captured yet another drug boss in the country’s lucrative Eastern Plains, keeping up the pressure on criminal organizations that are also busy fighting each other over key illicit economies. Authorities said they captured José Manuel Capera, alias “Nube Negra,” the alleged head of the Libertadores de Vichada […]

Arrest Of 2 Americans Begins Medellin Crack Down On “Sex Tourism”

Arrest Of 2 Americans Begins Medellin Crack Down On “Sex Tourism”

Colombia Jake. Photo from Medellin Sexy Girls Tours & Rentals Years after becoming a popular destination for sex tourism, Colombia’s second largest city Medellin began cracking down on the phenomenon and arrested a foreign sex tourism provider. According to local newspaper Vivir en Poblado, sex tourism provider Jay Harry Drivas, a.k.a. “Colombia Jake” and an alleged client were arrested Thursday, […]

An End to FARC’s ‘Revolutionary Tax’

An End to FARC’s ‘Revolutionary Tax’

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said the tax is no longer necessary in light of the upcoming peace deal with the Colombian government. Leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) patrol by a roadway near to San Vicente de Caguan, Caqueta province, Colombia, January 9. 1999. REUTERS/ Jose Miguel Gomez/File Photo […]

Marijuana in Colombia: From ‘the weed that kills’ to ‘the weed that cures’

Marijuana in Colombia: From ‘the weed that kills’ to ‘the weed that cures’

Marijuana used to be “the weed that kills” in Colombia anti-drug ads on TV, but not anymore. Following the legalization of medical marijuana, the country seeks to legally export derivatives of one of the world’s most popular drug. The first license to export cannabis derivatives for medical purposes was granted to a Colombian-Canadian company PharmaCielo, […]

Colombia and Venezuela begin talks to reopen border

Colombia and Venezuela begin talks to reopen border

Colombia’s defense minister met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other top officials to work out a joint security plan that would allow the reopening of the border separating the two neighbors. Venezuela unilaterally began closing the border in August last year after three members of the military were shot and amid a growing economic and institutional crisis […]

The Peace Agreement and Colombia’s Criminal Dynamics

The Peace Agreement and Colombia’s Criminal Dynamics

TODAY COLOMBIA – The Colombian government and rebels of the FARC laid out their plans for a definitive ceasefire and concentration of guerrilla fighters in an historic event in Havana, Cuba. President Santos (left) and FARC leader ‘Timochenko’  (right) with the signed agreement. Cuban President Raul Castro (middle) is witness. But nothing goes into effect […]

The Escopetarra: Fusion Of Rifle and Guitar

The Escopetarra: Fusion Of Rifle and Guitar

Used as a symbol of peace, an escopetarra is a guitar made from a modified gun. The name is a portmanteau of the Spanish words escopeta (shotgun) and guitarra (guitar), though all escopetarras to date have been fashioned out of rifles rather than shotguns. César López plays an Escopetarra at Bolívar Square in Bogotá Colombian […]

Colombia begins clamping down on Uber; 1200 vehicles seized

Colombia begins clamping down on Uber; 1200 vehicles seized

Colombia’s transport minister said authorities have seized more than 1,200 vehicles of taxi service Uber amid a campaign to clamp down on “illegal” competition in transport. According to Transport Minister Jorge Eduardo Rojas, authorities “have been carrying out a crash plan to control the streets and what is happening in terms of illegality.” As a consequence, the […]

US Celebrates Ceasefire in Colombia

US Celebrates Ceasefire in Colombia

United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday celebrated a bilateral ceasefire ending 52 years of violence between the state and FARC rebels and called on the international community to support pending peace efforts. In a statement, Kerry applauded President Juan Manuel Santos, who has been politically responsible for the talks between the state and […]

Colombia’s drug tourism a problem? Please!

Colombia’s drug tourism a problem? Please!

  Drug tourism is a common phenomenon for anyone in the Netherlands and Colombia. Drugs are easily available in both countries. The difference is that in Colombia the tourists are yet to come. A Dutchman in Medellin, I hear complaints about coked-up Israelis already, while Colombia is currently possibly at only a fraction of its tourism potential. The country received 2 […]

9% of Colombia’s children subjected to child labor

9% of Colombia’s children subjected to child labor

Almost one in every 10 children in Colombia is subjected to illegal child labor, especially in rural areas where more than 15% work rather than going to school, according to a recent study. While child labor is hardly visible in the country’s main cities Bogota, Medellin and Cali, it is still very much prevalent in […]

Colombia’s Drug Trafficking Paradise: San Andres Islands

Colombia’s Drug Trafficking Paradise: San Andres Islands

The Colombian island of San Andrés The Caribbean archipelago of San Andrés, Colombia, has been a smuggling hub for centuries, serving as a crossroads for illegal activities between mainland Colombia and Central America. Today, these highly strategic islands remain a favorite stopover point for organized crime. The sun-drenched island of San Andrés, located 110 kilometers from the coast […]

Kidnapping, a crime going virtually extinct in Colombia

Kidnapping, a crime going virtually extinct in Colombia

While leftist guerrilla groups like the FARC and ELN used to be the main culprit of kidnappings in Colombia, this role has now almost entirely been taken over by common criminals, but also they are losing ground. The FARC officially ended kidnapping in 2012. The ELN has so far refused to do so, but has […]