Latin America Makes History In 2016

Satisfaction! On March 25, just one day after the end of a historic visit from US President Barack Obama, who was the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years, the Rolling Stones played...

Gringo Roundtable on the Colombia-FARC Peace Deal

(TODAY COLOMBIA) By Colin, Expat-chronicles.com - I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the Colombia’s peace agreement with the FARC when the war officially ended on Aug. 28. But I haven’t lived in Colombia in almost...

24 Signs You Were Born and Raised in Colombia

1. If your mother calls your name, you certainly don’t answer “¿qué?” (What?) Otherwise, she will immediately say “Señora, aunque se demore un poco más” (Ma’am, even if it takes a little longer). You learn...

Why Do People Not Comply with the Law in Latin America?

Q24N - There is an abysmal difference in people’s attitude before the law. For example, people in Germany and in the United States usually feel almost a reverential respect toward it, but people in...

Why Air Travel in Latin America is So Expensive

TODAY COLOMBIA - Insufficient development of low-cost airlines is the main reason why international travel within Latin America is so much more expensive than doing so in Europe and Asia. A report published by The...

What Prevents Us from Eradicating Poverty is Within Ourselves

TODAY COLOMBIA - Per Bylund, a libertarian thinker, recently tweeted: “What causes poverty? Nothing. It is the original state, the starting point. The real question is: What causes prosperity?” Bylund refers to the original...

Colombia World’s 3rd Most Dangerous Country for Drivers: Report

TODAY COLOMBIA - New research by Global Positioning Specialists (GPS) in Australia has identified the most dangerous countries to be a driver. Experts at GPS in identifying the most dangerous countries to be a driver,...

Colombia Among The Places You’re Most Likely To Get Kidnapped

TODAY COLOMBIA via Vocativ.com - Kidnapping is booming. There are lots of reasons people avoid high-profile travel destinations—the flights are too long, the hotels are overpriced, the beaches are overrun with German men in...

The Real ‘Narcos’: My Life Inside Pablo Escobar’s Cocaine Kingdom

TODAY COLOMBIA (Nypost.com) - The white, blood-spattered truck screeched to a halt outside the Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paul, Medellín’s biggest public clinic. “Rapido! Rapido!” someone yelled over a cacophony of sirens, honking car...

The Medellin Tranvía (Tram)

The tranvia (tram) will complement an integrated system that will eventually link Medellín to all nine of its satellite cities. The idea of a tram was first floated during Fajardo’s 2004-‘07 mayoral term, with formal...

The Anatomy of a Colombia Prison Extortion Call

TODAY COLOMBIA - Over 400 cases of extortion were perpetrated by prisoners last year in Colombia, reflecting the ease with which this crime can be carried out from within the country's prisons using trickery...

Colombian Navy Supports Scientific Expedition in the Antarctic

  TODAY COLOMBIA (Dialogo Americas) The Colombian Navy is providing logistical, operational, and scientific support – and its largest and most sophisticated ship – for 20 researchers conducting the country’s first scientific expedition to the...

Cuba-U.S. Close Cold War, What It Means For Latin America

The decision by the United States and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties looks like good news for now: for Cuban families, for regional democracy and for peace in Colombia.     TODAY COLOMBIA (El Espectador) BOGOTA — The...

The Banana Massacre in the Parque Nacional

COLOMBIA JOURNAL -- The 1928 banana workers massacre became a landmark event in Colombian history after Gabriel Garcia Marquez made it a key episode in his Nobel prize-winning novel 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'. This...

Cali, Colombia: Caught in the Criminal Crossfire

COLOMBIA JOURNAL -- The massacre of eight people on a ranch in the outskirts of Cali -- Colombia's third-largest city and the second-most violent in the country -- has raised alarm over the presence...

The Colombian who teaches Colombian to Colombians

Ever spoken to someone who speaks the same language as you, and not understood what they were talking about? COLOMBIA JOURNAL (BBC Trending) -- Colombia is a Spanish-speaking country. But when a someone from the...

Bodyguard Scandal a Threat to Peace in Colombia

  COLOMBIA NEWS (Associate Press) -- In the 1980s, peace talks to end Colombia's long civil war instead triggered bloodshed. As the door opened for greater leftist power, thousands of former guerrillas, communist militants and...

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Drug Capos Looking for Way Out Via Colombia Peace Accords

TODAY COLOMBIA via Insightcrime - Authorities in Colombia have filtered out more than two dozen drug capos attempting to pass themselves off as FARC...

US Threatens to Brand Colombia Not Compliant on Anti-Drug Efforts

TODAY COLOMBIA via Insightcrime.org - In an annual designation of major drug trafficking and producing nations, US President Donald Trump broke with decades of...

After Death of Number Two, Colombia’s Urabeños Offer to Surrender

(Insightcrime) The most wanted drug trafficker in Colombia and leader of the powerful Urabeños has offered to surrender himself and his organization to authorities...

Colombian Indigenous Groups Denounce Exclusion from Final Peace Agreement

Several Colombian Indigenous groups have condemned their exclusion from the implementation of the final peace agreement between the government and the FARC, as a...

Pockets of Rising Violence in Rural Colombia Despite National Drop in Murders

(InSight Crime) While Colombia boasts its lowest homicide rate in nearly half a century, pockets of spiking violence in several rural areas tell a...

Colombians give Pope Francis rapturous welcome

BOGOTA -- At the start of his first full day in Colombia, Pope Francis urged Colombians to persevere on the path to reconciliation and...

Pope Francis appeals for reconciliation in war-scarred Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia — Pope Francis on Thursday pressed a message of reconciliation as he began a five-day trip through Colombia, a country scarred by...

Pope visits Colombia to boost peace process after 50 years of war

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis travels to Colombia this week to encourage a fledgling peace process that ended half a century of war...

Pope Francis sends video message ahead of Colombia visit

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Monday sent a video message to the people of Colombia ahead of his Apostolic Journey to the country on...

Grateful Colombian refugee opens home to Venezuelans in need

Angelica Lamos Ballesteros, 51, was welcomed in Venezuela when gun-toting guerrillas forced her from her home in Colombia’s mountainous Norte de Santander department. Now...