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...

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. The...

How Colombia, Once Consumed by Violence, Became Your Next Destination

TODAY COLOMBIA (Cntraveler) - In 2008, Colombia's tourism board launched a series of commercials touting the country's natural and cultural wonders. In them, visitors and locals, with thick accents specific to regions across the...

Colombia: how universities can help to build lasting peace

After more than 50 years of conflict, the recent peace agreement in Colombia marks a historic ceasefire between the government and rebel groups. It also poses great challenges, as the various parts of Colombian...

Colombia: Is Cocoa The New Cocaine?

38,000 Colombian families will now work together as a new company called María del Campo, which will operate under a similar business model of that of coffee growers. The long-term project will be based out...

Colombia: Gold or Water?

Moors are one of the most important ecosystems in Colombia due to the fact that they are the main producers of drinkable water for many big cities. According to the Minister of Environment and...

A Portrait of Colombia in 26 Gorgeous Polaroids

(San Francisco) Bay Area photographer Matthew O’Brien documented Colombia from his unique vantage as a long-time visitor, straddling the line between traveler and insider while living in the country off and on from 2003...

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Illegal armed groups recruited more than 100 Colombian child soldiers in 2014

Illegal armed groups in Colombia have recruited 119 minors in 2014, the country’s Ombudsman’s Office said on Tuesday. According to the government’s human rights office,...

Money, not votes, opens doors to Colombia’s Congress: Aida Avella

Elections in Colombia are won with checkbooks, not policies, according to Aida Avella, the Patriotic Union’s  (Union Patriotica — UP) candidate for president.  In an...

Monnet Ispat likely to acquire majority stake in Colombia coal mine

Monnet Ispat and Energy Ltd is targeting to buy a majority stake at a coal mine in Colombia. The mine is currently producing 50,000...

Colombia and FARC rebels begin fresh talks in Cuba

A new round of peace talks is underway in Cuba between the Colombian government and Marxist FARC rebels. After a month-long break in the process,...

US petroleum company accused of offering bribe in Colombia

US petroleum company PetroTiger Ltd is accused of having paid an official of Colombia’s state-run oil company Ecopetrol a $333,500 bribe to keep a...

FARC-EP: Nobody is Tired of the Peace Process

Maximum leader of the guerrilla FARC-EP, Timoleon Jiménez (Timochenko), affirmed today that neither Colombians nor the country are tired of the peace process, as...

Colombia’s Sofia Vergara Among Best Paid

Colombia actress Sofia Vergara is the world’s 58th best-paid celebrity, according to US magazine Forbes. In its annual Celebrity 100 ranking, the magazine said the...

Venezuela Seals Off Border with Colombia for Gubernatorial Election

Venezuela has sealed off its border with Brazil and Colombia for Sunday’s gubernatorial election, "for security reasons". Venezuelans are due to elect the Governors of...

US should review Colombia travel warning: President Santos

Colombia’s president told the United States vice president the importance of reviewing the alert the US has placed on Colombia for their tourists. President Juan Manuel Santos...

Madonna adds Medellin to world tour

Pop singer Madonna will include Medellin in her 2012 world tour, the artist’s website confirmed Monday. Colombia’s second largest city was one of five additional...

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Colombia: People suffer high levels of violence despite peace process

Violence remains a major problem for a large part of Colombia’s population, despite the end of the conflict with the FARC-EP, according to a report released by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The increased presence and...

Canada and Colombia will establish a “bilateral police initiative”

Colombia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning president, Juan Manuel Santos, thanked Canadians Monday for their support of his country’s peace process – support that was bolstered by what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a “bilateral police...

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...

Colombia’s Indigenous March to Demand Government Comply with Peace Accord

The time for talking is over, Colombia’s Indigenous communities have said, as they mobilize to demand the government adhere to the terms of the country’s peace agreement in a "Minga of Resistance." Indigenous organizations are...

How Coca Leaf Became Colombia’s New Superfood

No other plant in human history has been as demonized as coca. In 1961, it was placed on the Schedule I list at the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which stated that "The...

Campesinos Prepare for Police Repression in Rural Colombia

Protesting campesinos in the Catatumba farming region are preparing for further Colombian government repression as they continue an indefinite national strike, organizers said. “Enough with the hatred against campesinos!" a statement circulated by the National...

Battle for the mother land: indigenous people of Colombia fighting for their lands

A green-and-red flag flies over a cluster of bamboo and tarpaulin tents on the frontline of an increasingly deadly struggle for land and the environment in Colombia’s Cauca Valley. It is the banner for what...

Perception of Security in Colombia Is Better than the Global Average

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...

Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore Begin Free-Trade Negotiations with Pacific Alliance in Colombia

On Monday, in the city of Cali, Canada began the first round of formal negotiations to forge a free-trade agreement with the Pacific Alliance. Along with three other nations — Australia, New Zealand, and...

10 Mental Health Care Center Employees Arrested for Abusing Disabled Children

Colombian police have arrested ten people after they found children with disabilities who were being abused inside of a clinic run by the government. The workers were part of the staff at a mental health...

Colombian Army Burns 814 Kgs of “High-Quality” Marijuana in Middle of Town

In Colombia, the seizure and subsequent destruction of 814 kilos of ‘cripy’ marijuana in the town of Florencia, Caquetá led to non-stop calls to the emergency line. Residents took notice of a strong smell in...