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Trump ‘Aims To Slash Aid to Colombia’

Trump ‘Aims To Slash Aid to Colombia’

US President Donald Trump has proposed US Congress to cut economic aid to Colombia by 21.1% from $133 million to $105 million, according to Foreign Policy magazine. While this would be a sizable cut, it would be a smaller cut—in percentage terms—than every other Western Hemisphere country aside from Haiti. It remains an open questions whether […]

Trump Holds Secret Meeting With Former Colombian Presidents

Trump Holds Secret Meeting With Former Colombian Presidents

Doubts remain regarding Donald Trump’s meeting with former Colombian presidents Andres Pastrana and Alvaro Uribe (Flickr). TODAY COLOMBIA  (Bogota) President Donald Trump quietly met a pair of former Colombian presidents last weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, thrusting his administration into an ugly power struggle in Latin America that threatens to undermine the country’s […]

Cali and Bogota Rank Among Top Five Places to Buy Real Estate Overseas

Cali and Bogota Rank Among Top Five Places to Buy Real Estate Overseas

Bogota, Colombia TODAY COLOMBIA – In its annual outlook, a Panama-based publication recently ranked the best global locations to buy real estate this year, and two of the largest cities in Colombia — the “irresistible” Cali and gentrifying Bogotá — made the top five. Only two markets in Portugal — Algarve in first place and Lisbon […]

Colombians are fed up with corruption, and everyone seems to be under investigation

Colombians are fed up with corruption, and everyone seems to be under investigation

Colombians marched in Bogota on April 1 against corruption, the FARC peace process and national politics in general. Fredy Builes/Reuters TODAY COLOMBIA (The Conversation) Civil unrest seems to be the order of the day – and the coming weeks – in Latin America. The sprawling Odebrecht bribery scandal that started in Brazil is now complicating […]

Amazon Web Services Opens Office in Bogotá

Amazon Web Services Opens Office in Bogotá

TODAY COLOMBIA – Amazon Web Services has opened its first office in Bogotá. This makes Colombia home to another Latin American office established by the online retail giant’s cloud services arm, with the first regional location established previously in São Paulo, Brazil. The Seattle-based company reportedly plans to build a local team of account executives, solution architects, […]

What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

What happened when the Donald Trump of Costa Rica demonized neighboring Nicaraguans?

Costa Rica is often thought of as the “Switzerland of the Americas.” With a stable democracy and no standing army, the small Central American country of 4.8 million is often referred to as the “exception” to the conflict, violence and poverty faced in other Latin American countries. In particular, Costa Ricans pride themselves on their […]

For Colombian rebels, a risky shift from armed revolt to party politics

For Colombian rebels, a risky shift from armed revolt to party politics

TODAY COLOMBIA, Camille Boutron, Universidad de los Andes – By now, the numerous hindrances to Colombia’s peace process are well documented, from the inadequate FARC centralisation zones and the tight disarmament and reintegration schedule to a much-criticised amnesty law and the frequent assassinations of Colombian human rights activists. But less attention has been paid to […]

As Venezuela Unravels, Govt Consolidates Hold on Power

As Venezuela Unravels, Govt Consolidates Hold on Power

Crisis Upon Crisis in Venezuela, Nyt.com TODAY VENEZUELA, by Insightcrime.org Venezuela Investigative Unit – Venezuela’s highest court has stripped the opposition-led National Assembly of its legislative duties, a sign the government is intent on consolidating power even as the country slips further into chaos, and crime and violence reach unprecedented levels. Venezuela’s Supreme Court (Tribunal […]

Venezuela’s Top Court Shuts Down Parliament, Hijacks Legislative Powers

Venezuela’s Top Court Shuts Down Parliament, Hijacks Legislative Powers

he Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) which has favored Nicolas Maduro’s regime through its Constitutional Chamber, ruled that the National Assembly -with an opposition majority- will no longer carry out its task because it is supposed to remain in “contempt.” (Arrobaradio)V TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela’s Supreme Court nullified the country’s legislative body in a ruling this […]

Married priests and female deacons? What the Pope’s politics look like from Latin America

Married priests and female deacons? What the Pope’s politics look like from Latin America

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Monza Park in Milan, Italy, March 25, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi – RTX32OEJ Priests are Catholicism’s greatest figures: shepherds who manage the relationship with the divine. But their numbers have been dwindling worldwide since the 1930s. In Argentina, the Church lost 23% of its priests and nuns from 1960 to 2013. […]

Integration and Mesoamerica Project Strengthened in Costa Rica Summit

Integration and Mesoamerica Project Strengthened in Costa Rica Summit

The Presidents of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, Costa Rica’s, Luis Guillermo Solís, Guatemala’s, Jimmy Morales and Panama’s, Juan Carlos Varela, united in San José, for the XVI Cumbre de Tuxtla. Q COSTA RICA –  The commitment to integration and the Mesoamerica Project were strengthened by the 16th Summit of Heads of […]

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 […]

Colombia Prepares National Congress of Peace

Colombia Prepares National Congress of Peace

Photo for illustrative purposes. Reuters TODAY COLOMBIA (Prensa Latina) Defenders of procedures to end the Colombian conflict, will celebrate in April the Congress of Peace in which ideas to boost implementation of the documents signed with the FARC-EP, confirmed its organizers. Social and political sectors agreeing with the peace process define the details of the […]

Colombia Braces for Impact of Returning Drug Traffickers and Paramilitaries

Colombia Braces for Impact of Returning Drug Traffickers and Paramilitaries

TODAY COLOMBIA (Insightcrime.org) The release of Colombian underworld boss “Perra loca” from a US prison is adding to fears that a flood of recently freed drug lords and paramilitaries could have a violent impact on the country’s already volatile criminal landscape. US authorities have deported Hector Restrepo Santamaría, alias “Perra loca,” back to Colombia after […]

“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 […]

Baby Boom in Colombia’s Farc Rebel Army

Baby Boom in Colombia’s Farc Rebel Army

TODAY COLOMBIA – Since the landmark Colombian peace deal came into force last December, the Farc rebel group has been been experiencing a baby boom. During the 50 year-long conflict, female Farc fighters were banned from getting pregnant and some were even forced to have abortions. Now that peace has come many women are putting […]

Bogota & Playing Tejo, The Colombian Sport of Throwing Rocks at Gunpowder

Bogota & Playing Tejo, The Colombian Sport of Throwing Rocks at Gunpowder

Playing Tejo: The Colombian Sport of Throwing Rocks at Gunpowder TODAY COLOMBIA – Bowling alleys will never seem the same once you’ve been to Colombia and played tejo. Not unless you employ equal amounts of beer and gunpowder. Here’s how this little-known Colombian sport works: you throw a lump of metal – it looks like […]

Gruesome Shark Finning Discovery Leads To Major Legal Victory For Sharks

Gruesome Shark Finning Discovery Leads To Major Legal Victory For Sharks

Q COSTA RICA (Fusion.net) San Jose – On February 7th, a Costa Rican judge delivered the country’s first-ever prison sentence for illegal trade in shark fins. After a lengthy judicial battle, a Taiwanese-born businesswoman was sentenced to serve six months of jail time over a fishing-haul of 652 shark fins detached from the animals’ bodies, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Colombia Prominent Politician Denied U.S. Visa

Colombia Prominent Politician Denied U.S. Visa

TODAY COLOMBIA – The United States has denied a visa renewal application from prominent Colombian politician Piedad Cordoba, she said Tuesday. The former senator told Caracol Radio she tried to renew her US visa in order to attend meetings in Washington DC of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a branch of the Organization of […]

McDonald’s in Costa Rica Will Not Be Following International Guidelines Of Restructuring

McDonald’s in Costa Rica Will Not Be Following International Guidelines Of  Restructuring

QCOSTARICA – Despite international guidelines that include staff cuts, restructuring and changes to regain market share, the McDonald’s franchisee in Costa Rica has plans to continue to grow. In a recent interview with La Nacion, Édgar Muñoz de la Cruz, director in Costa Rica, said Arcos Dorados  (Golden Arches in English), largest operator of McDonald’s restaurants […]

President Solis Fears Higher Unemployment, Accepts Some Of The Blame

President Solis Fears Higher Unemployment, Accepts Some Of The Blame

(qCOSTARICA) A possible deterioration in employment opportunities, particularly among the poorest areas of the country, has President Luis Guillermo Solis worried. He expressed his concern on Friday, after learning of the Banco Central’s (Central Bank) 2015 national economy growth projections dropping from a forecasted 3.4% to an expected 2.8%. Solis said this occurs due to […]