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32 politicians arrested on paramilitary commander’s testimony, at least 23 more to go in northwestern Colombia

Posted on: Aug 28 2014 - 3:03pm | Comments Off
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The capture of some 32 local politicians in northwestern Colombia Wednesday is only the start of a much larger purge ordered by the state on the strength of testimony provided by a demobilized paramilitary commander, local media reported.  For years, Freddy Rendon, alias “El Aleman,” led the Elmer Cardenas bloc, one of the most powerful and violent regional units in the now-defunct AUC national paramiltary umbrella. El Aleman alone is thought to have ordered and participated in dozens of murders and massacres, displacing thousands in the nortwest coastal region of Uraba, the birthplace of Colombia’s modern paramilitary phenomenon. Since his demobilization in 2006, however, as part of then-President Alvaro Uribe’s Justice and Peace...

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Rice already taking hits from drought as El Niño looms over Colombia

Colombia’s National Rice Growers Federation (FEDEARROZ) claims to have already lost some 42,000 acres of farmland due to drought, with more dry months expected as the “El Niño” weather phenomenon approaches this fall. The problem, according to FEDEARROZ President Rafael Hernandez, has grown particularly bad in the central Bajo Cauca region and drought-stricken...

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Zara Pulls Striped Pyjamas With Yellow Star Following Online Outrage

COLOMBIA NEWS – Spanish clothing retailer Zara , with stores in Colombia, has pulled a striped shirt featuring a yellow star...

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Miss Colombia candidate disqualified over skimpy bikini shots

COLOMBIA NEWS – The recently-crowned Miss Antioquia was stripped of her tiara and booted from the Miss Colombia beauty pageant...

Colombia Arrests 27 Politicians Involved in Paramilitary Activity

COLOMBIA NEWS – The Attorney General”s Technical Team of Investigators (CTI) arrested 27 politicians yesterday in the northern area of Uraba over their ties with the Cardenas Elmer bloc led by Freddy Rendon, the former chief of the paramilitary group. In total 50 warrants were issued, of which 27 have been completed so far. The detainees, among which appear the current mayor...

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Main route closed between Medellin and Colombia’s Atlantic coast due to ‘FARC’ attack

The main transport route connecting Colombia’s second largest city, Medellin, with the nation’s Atlantic coast region...


Colombia’s Inspector General investigates shady govt contracts in drought-ridden north

Posted on: Aug 27 2014 - 2:53pm | Comments Off
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Colombia’s Inspector General’s Office revealed that 43 disciplinary investigations have been undertaken for irregular contracts in the northern state of La Guajira, with royalties totaling over $180 million. La Guajira The multi-million dollar investment comes off the back of fresh disciplinary inquiries into shady government contracts in La Guajira, according to Colombia’s El Espectador newpspaper. According to senator and former governor of La Guajira, Jorge Ballesteros, only 30% of all government resources allotted for La Guajira, including food programs, actually reach the intended communities. MORE: Mismanagement of public funds fueling famine in northern Colombia: Senator The focus of Housing Minister Luis Felipe Henao,...

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FARC must be recognized as a political party before disarmament: FARC negotiator

Colombia’s largest rebel group will not disarm until it is recognized as a political movement, according to a FARC peace talks negotiator. A FARC negotiator in the peace talks, Jesus Emilio Carvajalino, alias “Andres Paris,” indicated that a future bilateral ceasefire and disarmament deal between Colombia’s largest rebel group and the government will not...

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