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Venezuela opens borders with Aruba and Brazil; Colombia remains closed

The government of Nicolas Maduro is seeking to ease the country’s isolation, reopening borders with Aruba and Brazil after shutting off sea and land access in February to block the opposition from delivering humanitarian aid. Venezuela’s land and sea links with Colombia and two other...

The 40-year itch: Populism and polarization threaten Latin America

It was one of the greatest waves of democratization ever. In 1977 all but three of the 20 countries in Latin America were dictatorships of one kind or another. By 1990 only Mexico’s civilian one-party state and communist Cuba survived. Several things lay behind the...

Venezuelans find safety in Colombia

When Darlys* fled Venezuela with her two children looking for safety, she never imagined she would end up sleeping on the streets of Maicao, a Colombian city near the northern border. Venezuelan asylum-seeker Darlys and her children arrive at the new reception centre in Maicao,...

Pompeo building up support for Maduro ouster

On a tour of four Latin American countries, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is has called for maintaining regional pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In Peru, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offers a press conference after holding a meeting with President...

Venezuelans storm Colombian bridge

Thousands of Venezuelans broke through barricades on a bridge linking Venezuela with Colombia, according to the migration office in Bogota. Some climbed over containers that the Venezuelan military had placed on the Simon Bolivar bridge to block access to the Colombian border city of Cucuta. In...

Guaido Says He’ll Return Home After Ecuador Visit; Risks Arrest

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed “interim” president, Juan Guaido, on Saturday said he will go home after his visit to Ecuador, raising the prospect of a showdown with the Maduro government that he is trying to force from power and risking arrest. Ecuador’s President Lenin...

US planning Venezuela military intervention: Russian official

Deutsche Welle or DW, Germany’s public international broadcaster, reports that a Russian security official said on Tuesday he believed Washington was planning to intervene militarily in Venezuela. Juan Guaido (left) with Colombia President Ivan Duque (middle0 and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence (tight), in Bogot on...

Costa Rica abstains signing declaration demanding the departure of Nicolás Maduro

The government of Carlos Alvarado abstained from signing the declaration of the Lima Group demanding "the immediate exit of Nicolás Maduro and the cessation of the usurpation, respecting the constitutional authority of the National Assembly and the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó", as a...

Five Killed, 285 Injured In Saturday’s Clashes At Colombia – Venezuela Border

Venezuela severed diplomatic ties with Colombia in the wake of the violence along the border between the two countries. From Twitter President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday also pledged to stop the aid from coming into Venezuela and called it a coup attempt by the opposition led...

What will happen today in Venezuela?

On month after legislative opposition leader Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself ‘interim president” Venezuela will live a historic day this Saturday, February 23, when tens of thousands of people will gather at the borders of the country for a massive mobilization that expects to receive...

Historic Mega-Concert on Colombian-Venezuelan Border

British billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Richard Branson is spearheading a unique and historic concert on the Venezuelan-Colombian border, in conjunction with the beginning of the delivery of international humanitarian aid to mitigate the shortages of food and medicine generated by socialism in Venezuela. Richard Branson...

VOA Latin America Interviews Ivan Duque

Colombian President Ivan Duque, interviewed Saturday by VOA’s Latin America Division, discussed the battle against the National Liberation Army in Venezuela and strengthening his country’s ties with Washington. Question: So, Mr. President, with a new government in Venezuela, what opportunities do you see in dealing...

Colombia Probes Alleged Plot by Venezuelans to Assassinate President Duque

The Colombian government is investigating a possible plot by three Venezuelan nationals to assassinate President Ivan Duque, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes said in a video message. Authorities are investigating a presumed planned attempt President Iván Duque in which Venezuelan citizens would be involved The trio was...

The United – Avianca – Copa Alliance

After a process that took two years, on November 30, the airlines Avianca  (Colombia), United (U.S.) and Copa (Panama) signed a commercial alliance, will allow the three to share revenue from flights and coordinate schedules. Avianca, Copa and United are already tied through a code-sharing...

Colombia Struggles to Convict Killers of Women, Experts Say

A law aimed at reducing Colombia’s female homicide rate — of three killings per day — has struggled to secure convictions as people tend to blame or disbelieve women and excuse men for violence, experts said Thursday. Girls paint a banner during a demonstration to...

‘We apologize’: former Colombia FARC rebels seek forgiveness at tribunal

Former rebel FARC commanders in Colombia have appeared at a historic tribunal where for the first time they were made to answer for kidnappings and forced disappearances under the terms of a peace deal. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace is examining kidnappings and disappearances that...

Latin America Showcases the Desperate Need for Term Limits

In 2010, Alvaro Uribe’s two terms as president of Colombia were drawing to a close. Uribe had won two decisive presidential contests, without the backing of a major political party. Rather than running with the Liberal or Conservative parties, he formed his own party,...

Latin America is facing its worst refugee crisis in its history

Venezuela is in the throes of a severe economic and humanitarian crisis. The incompetent, repressive policies of President Nicolás Maduro have propelled Venezuela into a downward spiral, and political turmoil is deepening the chaotic situation in the country. The economic and humanitarian crises, coupled with...

Coffee farmers struggle to adapt to Colombia’s changing climate

In Colombia’s coffee-producing region of Risaralda, small trees run along the sharp incline of the Andes Mountains, carefully tended in tidy rows. Thousands of green coffee berries turn brilliant red as they ripen, ready to be harvested by hand. The steep hills here prevent...

Referendum on Proposed Anti-Corruption Laws Falls Short in Colombia

A set of anti-corruption initiatives in Colombia failed to attract the required number of votes Sunday, despite earning nearly 100 percent support of the voters. Supporters rallying for the nation’s new peace agreement with FARC hold a giant flag during a march in Bogota, Colombia,...

Colombians Told ‘No Sex’ In The Afternoon. It’s Too Darn Hot!

It’s been a sweltering summer in many parts of the world, with millions scrambling for ways to cool off. On Wednesday, the 600,000 residents of Santa Marta, Colombia, were given one interesting suggestion: Stop having sex in the afternoon. Santa Marta is known as La...

Drug trafficking and organized crime, agenda topics with the United States

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Colombia’s defense minister on Friday to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Colombia, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. The defense ministers of Colombia,  Guillermo Botero and the United States, James Mattis met...

Venezuela to Ask Colombia, US for Assistance in Probe Into Maduro Murder Attempt

The Venezuelan prosecutor’s office plans to ask Colombia and the United States for assistance in the investigation of an assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan Prosecutor General Tarek William Saab said Wednesday. “Our prosecutors are now working on requests for mutual assistance in criminal...

‘The truth is we had to leave’: Fleeing Venezuela for Colombia

Cucuta, Colombia – Insecurity, instability and violence have forced more 1.5 million Venezuelans to flee the country since 2014, according to conservative government figures. Over half that population have sought refuge in neighboring Colombia. More than 35,000 people cross the bridge from Venezuela into Colombia...

Fierce Opposition to the Pacific Alliance Continues

Entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector in Costa Rica are maintaining their position against an eventual incorporation into the commercial block, the Alianza del Pacífico (AP) - Pacific Alliance  - made up of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile. The sector affirms that it will not allow...

First Lady Takes Active Role In Bringing The Metro (Subway) To Costa Rica

Claudia Dobles is more than just the wife of President Carlos Alvarado and the First Lady, she is also the force to bring the metro (subway) to Costa Rica. To that end, the First Lady is studying the Panama experience and in three months will...

Chile: Sex Change No Longer Required To Alter Gender Identity

Chile's Supreme Court has ruled 4-1 that transgender citizens can change their name and sex on state registries without needing a sex-change operation to prove their gender identity. The ruling said that Chile is part of several international human rights accords, including the American Convention...

Colombia: Fajardo’s Party Leaning Towards Supporting Leftist Petro

Now that the right-wing Ivan Duque will face the center-left Gustavo Petro in the second round of the Colombian presidential elections, the Alternative Democratic Pole (PDA) party announced it will take a new stance on Wednesday after its candidate Sergio Fajardo didn’t get enough...

Colombia: Ivan Duque and Gustavo Petro Go To Runoff

With nearly all ballots counted in Sunday’s first round, Ivan Duque was leading with 39.7% ahead of Gustavo Petro on 24.8%. Former Medellin Mayor Sergio Fajardo came third with 23.8%. Preliminary results of the first round of the Colombian presidential election go on display. Photograph:...

Colombia invited to join OECD; third Latin American member with Mexico and Chile

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that Colombia would be officially invited to join the group. The Paris-based economic organization was founded in 1961 and has traditionally included industrialized nations, though in recent years it has extended its membership...

How Will Colombia’s Next President Fight Organized Crime?

(Insightcrime.org) Colombia’s presidential election, scheduled for May 27, comes at a critical time in the country’s history. The peace process with the FARC is underway, but new criminal dynamics are presenting challenges that the next president will have to face. Although every candidate has...

Sergio Fajardo and his Failed Strategy of Neutrality

The ex-governor of Antioquia and former mayor of Medellín, Sergio Fajardo, is trying to regain his front-runner status, which he in enjoyed in the Colombian presidential race months ago. However, in the majority of the polls, he has been unable to rise above third place,...

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