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‘Breathtaking homicidal violence’: Latin America in grip of murder crisis

Latin America has suffered more than 2.5 million murders since the start of this century and is facing an acute public security crisis that demands urgent and innovative solutions, a new report warns. “The sheer dimensions of homicidal violence are breathtaking,” says the report by...

Petro’s Aguacate Economy: the myth of agriculture as Colombia’s economic savior

In response to charges that Petro is too closely aligned with the Chavista dictatorship in Venezuela, Petro has a clever argument, which he employs to rave reviews on the campaign trail: he claims that it is the eight years of Alvaro Uribe and a...

Where Is The Border Between North and South America?

The Panamanian border with Colombia is the demarcation between North and South America. The boundaries between the continents of Earth are generally a matter of geographical convention. Several slightly different conventions are in use. The number of continents is most commonly considered seven but may...

Summit Of America Leaders Urged To Take Stronger Measures To Isolate Venezuela’s Maduro

(Reuters) - The Heads of State and Government of Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia, and the Vice President of the United States, met in Lima, Peru on occasion of the VIII...

IMF says Colombian Economy ‘ At Turning Point’

“The Colombian economy is at a turning point, recovering from a combination of external and domestic shocks since 2014 that lowered growth and increased inflation and the external deficit,” says the concluding statement from the IMF mission following their visit. There are more than 20...

Colombian Narco cryptocurrency laundering network busted in Spain

Spain said Monday it has shut down a complex cryptocurrency network that used digital currency to pay for shipments of cocaine from Colombia to Europe. “Operation White Tulip”, which was coordinated by Europol and involved the Spanish Civil Guard and the Customs Service of the...

Only Women and Children Live in This War-Torn Villa

Carrying a machete and food basket, an Emberá Katío woman levels a penetrating gaze at the photographer. The villagers of La Puria follow traditional subsistence, hunting game and practicing small-scale horticulture. Photograph by Iván Valencia In Colombia’s mountainous northwest, three hours’ walk from the closest...

Colombian Oil Spill Kills 2,400 Animals, 70 Families Treated

The effects of this month’s massive oil spill in a major Colombian river are becoming more evident. The crude spill along the Lizama River on March 20, 2018 in Barrancabermeja, Colombia. | Photo: EFE “I have almost nothing to eat. The entire life we had from...

Colombians Call for Pro-Peace Coalition as Duque Gains in Presidential Polls

Colombian voters are calling for a pro-peace coalition in the run-up to the May 27 presidential elections Ivan Duque, who fought against the peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), pulls ahead in new polls. Colombian presidential candidates Gustavo Petro (L), Sergio...

What comes after discovering Islamic terrorism in Colombia?

Colombian authorities captured Raúl Gutiérrez, a 43-year-old Cuban, who was plotting an Islamic terrorist-style attack against 29 diplomats at the American Embassy in Bogota. Bogota, Colombia,11/03/2018.- Police pat down voters in Colombia prior to casting a ballot in a voting station EFE/Iván Valencia The Colombian Attorney...

Costa Ricans To Participate in Colombia’s Peace Process

Three Costa Ricans will serve as observers of the peace process in Colombia, which seeks to consolidate after the signing of a bilateral agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC). They are  Silvia Álvarez, Hildalina Alemán and Leonor Canales, the officials of...

Colombia Aims to Remove Three Zeros From Peso Bills

Colombian authorities want the face value of 500-peso coins to be slashed to 50 centavos, while the minimum wage would be reduced from 781,242 pesos to 781. A drastic reduction in the values of change, however, it should not be something alarming, likely only to...

Colombian Narco Reveals Route Used in Costa Rica

Colombia's Caracol television program Testigo Directo (Direct Witness) put the finger in the wound after interviewing months ago a coordinator of the mafia of that country, that indicated that Costa Rica is one of the paradises of the narco-traffickers. The journalists wondered what is becoming...

Bogota ranks among world’s most traffic congested cities, says study

In a world deconstructed by mega data, Colombia, once again, makes a list and one we can all relate to – traffic. The 2017 Inrix Global Traffic Scorecard has calculated urban travel across five continents, and included Bogotá among 100  cities in terms of ...

Colombia extradites ‘Pablo Escobar of Ecuador’ to US

A suspected drug chief known as the “Pablo Escobar of Ecuador” was extradited to the US on Saturday, Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office has announced. Police officers escorting a man identified as Washington Edison Prado after his arrest in Colombia in April. Photograph: AP Washington Edison Prado...

Populism and Division: Latin America At The Ballot Box

It does not seem long ago that analysts were predicting a new chapter in Latin America. At the start of the 21st Century, the region's politics were entering a new dawn. For many the change was invigorating: a new socialist era in a region long-known...

Colombia and Brazil Announce Border Controls as Venezuelans Flee En Masse

Colombia and Brazil have announced a series of measures to control their border with Venezuela, as hundreds of thousands of people have fled the deteriorating situation there. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that strict immigration controls would be implemented, with 2,120 Colombian soldiers deployed...

Canadian Capital Fuels Colombian Cannabis Boom

(Ozy.com) Decades have passed since the bulk of marijuana cultivation in the Americas shifted from Colombia up to Mexico. But the tides are turning again. This time, suited businesspeople, not drug cartels, are betting on a lucrative Colombian weed crop, bound for markets around...

The Never Ending Tariff Conflict between Panama and Colombia

The Panamanian government has decided to increase, in some cases by up to 30%, import tariffs on several products, including flowers, cement and bituminous coal, most of which are imported from the South American country. According to a Cabinet Decree published on January 10 in...

InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up In Latin America & Caribbean

(Insightcrime.org) Record highs, all-time lows, and a few surprises: 2017 proved a remarkable year in terms of homicide rates for many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Once again, InSight Crime presents its annual homicide round-up to give a snapshot of murder rates around...

Colombia’s Coffee Output, Exports To Hit 25-year High

Colombia’s recovery in coffee output, and exports, will progress faster than had been thought this season, US officials said – but on an assumption of “normal” weather, even as ideas of La Niña grow. A worker checks coffee beans in Nariño, south-western Colombia The US Department...

Latin America has started to look seriously at Indian economy and opportunities

US. President Donald Trump has revived the Ugly Gringo fears of Latin Americans. Humiliated by Trump’s insults and anti-NAFTA stand, Mexico is keen to diversify its trade partnership. Other Latin Americans too are disgusted by the protectionist policies and Caudillo tantrums of Trump. They are...

More than 350 million Latin American voters to elect new leaders in 2018

The anti-establishment tide that has swept much of the world is set to break over Latin America in 2018. Some 350 million voters are due to head to the polls in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and Paraguay to elect new presidents –...

Fuerza Venezuela, Colombia Loves You!

We all know the difficult times that are happening in Venezuela. A civil war is one of the definitions for the daily situation that exists in Venezuela, where getting a job is difficult, insecurity in some cities is a challenge, and mainly the exodus...

The Politically Correct Language Police Arrive in South America!

Last week in Bogota, Judge Luis Octavio Mora Bejarano, ordered mayor Enrique Peñalosa to change the city’s slogan from “Bogotá mejor para todos” (Bogota better for all)…to “Bogotá mejor para todos y todas” (Bogota better for all (masculine) and all (feminine)).” The decision, widely mocked...

El Dorado Expansion Adds to Colombia’s Biggest Airport

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday opened the new international wing of El Dorado the country’s most important airport. The new wing cost approximately $143 million and should contribute to a swifter processing of the rapidly increasing number of foreign visitors to the country. Some...

Why Latin America Has No Serious Separatist Movements

(The Economist) LATIN AMERICA is linked to Spain and Portugal by language, culture and ancestry as well as by investment and the shared project of democracy. So it is not surprising that Latin Americans have been gripped by the conflict over Catalonia’s future. Se...

Low Productivity: the Elephant in the Room in Colombia’s Minimum Wage Debate

Negotiations on the minimum wage in Colombia are fast approaching. On the one hand, unions will demand an increase above inflation to safeguard their purchasing power, which has been badly hit by the recent tax reform. On the other side, entrepreneurs will be arguing...

The Hague Court Admits Colombia Countersuit Against Nicaragua

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague accepted two countersuits presented by Colombia against Nicaragua, in the framework of the process of alleged violations of sovereign rights and maritime spaces in the Caribbean Sea, which has been proceeded at that tribunal since...

Panama In Retaliation Against Colombia

If the request by the Panamanian Ministry of Commerce and Industries prospers, a new tax of up to 40% could be established on the dividends distributed by Colombian companies. In response to a decision by the Colombian government to extend the import tariff for footwear...

CIA Investigated Whether Hitler Survived World War II And Moved To Colombia

¿Dónde está el Führer? A newly declassified document from the CIA claims that Adolf Hitler apparently survived World War II and lived in Colombia for several months in 1954. The intelligence memo, part of the just-released files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, provides...

Perception of Security in Colombia Is Better than the Global Average

02Policia Nacional de Colombia The perception of security in Colombia is better than the global average and more favorable than the three other largest countries in Latin America, according to a recent study from Unisys. The U.S.-based IT company’s report found that people in Colombia —...

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