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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 […]

“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 […]

Demobilization of FARC In Colombia Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Demobilization of FARC In Colombia Could Threaten Costa Rica Security: Minister

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime.org) Authorities in Costa Rica are worried that the dismantling of Colombia’s main guerrilla group could threaten the country’s stability, as a new generation of criminal networks are likely to take over the drug routes formerly held by the insurgents. Speaking before the congressional Security and Drug Trafficking Commission, Security Minister Gustavo […]

Costa Rica Living In… The World’s Most Welcoming Countries

Costa Rica Living In… The World’s Most Welcoming Countries

Q TRAVEL (By Lindsey Galloway, BBC.com) Costa Rica is among five spots, according to BBC.com, expats will likely be greeted with a warm welcome, a helping hand and a friendly smile. The BBC.com reports says that for many expats, finding new friends can ease the often overwhelming task of adjusting to a new life abroad. […]

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 […]

Opposition to Changes To The Costa Rica – Colombia Trade Agreement Conditions

Opposition to Changes To The Costa Rica – Colombia Trade Agreement Conditions

Q COSTA RICA – The Costa Rica food and industry expressed their opposition to any changes to the tariff conditions for a group of products in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia. The opposition follows a request by Colombia for immediate entry of food and industrial products, through a list of requests for review […]

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 […]

‘Hugo Chavez, El Comandante’: The Man Behind The Myth

‘Hugo Chavez, El Comandante’: The Man Behind The Myth

Q ENTERTAINMENT – The life of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias, who died in 2013, still unleashes all sorts of passions, and that is something that can not be denied. For the Colombian production and management team of the Hugo Chavez series, “El Comandante” (that premiered locally on TNT on Tuesday, January 31, at […]

The 9 Worst Anti-Immigrant Measures by Hypocrite Latin American Governments

The 9 Worst Anti-Immigrant Measures by Hypocrite Latin American Governments

(Q24N) U.S. President Donald Trump’s confirmation that he will keep his campaign promise and build a wall along the Mexican border has outraged the Latin American ruling classes. Mexico’s former president Vicente Fox eloquently wrote on his Twitter account that his country “is not going to pay for that f***ing wall.” The Latin American media […]

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 […]

Latin America Makes History In 2016

Latin America Makes History In 2016

Satisfaction! On March 25, just one day after the end of a historic visit from US President Barack Obama, who was the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years, the Rolling Stones played Havana. Tens of thousands of Cubans poured into the Ciudad Deportiva stadium to cheer the cult British band’s first ever […]

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 […]

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

Costa Rica No. 4 Of The World’s 10 Best Places to Retire in 2017

From International Living – For just over a quarter of a century, International Living has ranked, rated, and named the best retirement destinations in the world. Each year we’ve refined and improved the process, bringing new categories and considerations into play, gathering new data, and asking more and better questions of a greater number of […]

Costa Rica Among The Countries With The Best Healthcare In The World

Costa Rica Among The Countries With The Best Healthcare In The World

(Q24N )From International Living – One of the main concerns of any person looking to retire overseas is the quality of healthcare. Is it possible to get medical treatment as good as what’s available in the U.S. and Canada? The answer…a resounding yes. Sometimes it’s even better than what’s on offer at home, and at […]

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 […]

Panama’s Record Drug Seizures Reflect Colombia’s Cocaine Boom

Panama’s Record Drug Seizures Reflect Colombia’s Cocaine Boom

(Q24N) Insigthcrime.org – Authorities in Panama say they have seized more drugs in 2016 than in any other year since 2000, and soaring cocaine production in neighboring Colombia may be the most likely explanation behind this rise. As of December 13, authorities had intercepted 62.3 metric tons of cocaine and marijuana — 7 percent more […]

Peru Seizes US$30 Million in Counterfeit Dollars, Biggest Ever

Peru Seizes US$30 Million in Counterfeit Dollars, Biggest Ever

Q24N NEWS – A recent operation by police in Peru led to the largest seizure of counterfeit dollars in the country’s history, illustrating the sophistication and scale of the counterfeiting industry in the Andean nation infamous for its production of fake bills. The Peruvian Interior Ministry announced on November 16 the seizure of US$30 million […]

Costa Rica Among 5 Best Places to Move to if You Don’t Like the Election Results

Costa Rica Among 5 Best Places to Move to if You Don’t Like the Election Results

(QTRAVEL) Amy Schumer said she’d move to Spain. Bryan Cranston said he’d move to Canada. Jon Stewart said he’ll move to another planet. At last count, 23 celebrities have claimed they’ll leave the country if their preferred candidate doesn’t win the presidential election…. Celebrities—and anybody else who’s found themselves saying, “I’m outta here”—take note: Many […]

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 […]

Three Nations Create Giant Reserves for Ocean Life

Three Nations Create Giant Reserves for Ocean Life

(Q24N) from National Geographic | Concern over a worldwide decline in marine life prompted the presidents of Ecuador, Colombia, and Costa Rica to announce agreements Friday to increase protection of some of the most biodiverse ocean waters. The agreements bring the marine reserves off the three nations to 83,600 square miles. Ecuador and Costa Rica […]

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. […]

How to Leverage Costa Rica-Colombia FTA

How to Leverage Costa Rica-Colombia FTA

Through trade missions, market mapping, seminars and conventions the union of exporters in Costa Rica intends to take better advantage of business opportunities offered by Colombia. In 2015 Colombia spent US$75 million on the purchase of goods and services in Costa Rica, establishing itself as the main market, above Brazil, Ecuador and Chile, from where […]

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 […]

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