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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 […]

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 […]

Uber Ignites Conflict In The Streets Of Costa Rica

Uber Ignites Conflict In The Streets Of Costa Rica

(qCOSTARICA) In Costa Rica, as well as elsewhere, a debate on the legitimacy of Uber. The opinions are varied, at times at opposite ends. Franciso Jimenez, former minister of the MOPT (Ministry of Transport), says “never”. For Jimenez Costa Rica regulated its public transport in 1960 and if a vehicle is not properly identified and […]

Costa Rica Avocado Prices To Increase

Costa Rica Avocado Prices To Increase

(qCOSTARICA) – Randall Benavides, president of the Chamber of Exporters and Importers of perishable products, confirmed that Costa Rica had imported 15 containers of avocado from Peru, which are priced 50% higher than the ones imported from Mexico, during the past seven weeks. Thus, he said, avocado prices could increase and a unit could cost […]

Yanber Asks Creditors For 10 Year Suspension of Payments To Avoid Bankruptcy

Yanber Asks Creditors For 10 Year Suspension of Payments To Avoid Bankruptcy

(QCOSTARICA) The manufacturer of flexible packaging and films,  Corporación Yanber, which has a presence in several countries in the region – Costa Rica – Nicaragua – Panama – Guatemala,  and in Puerto Rico and Colombia, has filed for an agreement of suspension of payments in Costa Rica in order to avoid going bankrupt. An article in […]

Costa Rica Proposes Gag Law On Radio and Television

Costa Rica Proposes Gag Law On Radio and Television

QCOSTARICA – The bill Ley General de Radiodifusión (General Broadcasting) proposed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones  – MICITT) would place a gag on radio and television at the expense of freedom of expression in Costa Rica. The bill grants the government the power to punish violations […]

Protests Kick Off At 8AM

Protests Kick Off At 8AM

Health workers, teachers and professors, motorcyclists, drivers and many others will be protesting today in Costa Rica, with the major concentration in San José, starting at 8AM today Monday. Port of Limón workers will be shutting down the port in protest. The meeting point for the mass of protestors  is at the Parque Central on […]