The Fate of David Ravelo. Peace Prospects in Barrancabermeja, Colombia

By W.T. WHITNEY Jr. -Negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to end fifty years of war have been ongoing in Cuba for a year. Agreements on agrarian...

Colombia’s FARC, Government Delegations Meet In Havana

The preparatory meeting to settle logistical issues for the peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) and the Colombian government began here Tuesday. Representatives of both parties define, in camera, technical...

Next Step in Uruguay: Competitive, Quality Marijuana

“We are making history: Uruguay approves the regulation of marijuana” reads this poster by an advocacy group that lobbied for state regulation and control of marijuana. Credit: Courtesy Proderechos. MONTEVIDEO (IPS) - Uruguay, about to...

Two Same-Sex Couples Married in Colombia

After a 2011 court ruling that ordered the Colombian Congress to create equal relationship recognition for same-sex couples, gay and lesbian Colombians are finally tying the knot. Two same-sex couples have become the first to...

The Ties Between Colombia And Britian

In recent years an already buoyant relationship between the governments of Colombia and the United Kingdom has gathered even more strength thanks, in part, to the close ties of the current head of state...

Colombia: A day without cars but plenty of traffic

Bogota's car-free experiment promotes eco-friendlier transport. Colombia — Pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, and even scooter aficionados came out in force on Thursday as private vehicles were banned from circulating in Bogota for the annual Day without...

Colombia Micro-Extortion Targets Teachers, Bicycle Taxi Drivers

Micro-extortion of everyone from teachers to bicycle taxi drivers is funding small criminal groups across Colombia, according to analysts and crime reports, with the small-scale nature of the crime illustrating the country's changing criminal...

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...

Education of former child soldiers is still a big hurdle in Colombia

In Colombia, as in other war-town countries, access to education is one of the most often requested means of support by former child soldiers. Seventy percent of the former child soldiers have only a fifth...

Thousands of Colombians Flee Violence In the Buenaventura Port City

AlertNet/TodayColombia - Escalating violence by armed groups and drug gangs has driven thousands of people from their homes in Colombia’s main port city of Buenaventura over the past two months, the United Nations has...

Child soldiers who escaped Colombia’s guerrilla groups

Reporter Tom Esslemont met young boys trained by the Farc – Colombia’s largest guerrilla group. By Tom Esslemont (BBC) The faded photograph on Yineth Trujillo’s book case tells the whole story. She stands at the...

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...

Colombian Coffee at the Crossroads As Juan Valdez turns 55 this year

Is Colombian coffee ready to retire or gearing up for a second act? This article originally appeared in Modern Farmer. “You should be getting red fruits with flower notes and, of course, some acidity,” says Jaime...

Colombia’s Breadbasket Feels the Pinch of Free Trade

IBAGUÉ, Colombia , Apr 8 2014 (IPS) - “Things are getting worse and worse,” Enrique Muñoz, a 67-year-old farmer from the municipality of Cajamarca in the central Colombian department of Tolima, once known as...

I Just Got Back From Medellín!

From New York Times Travel IF Medellín is still a city that puts its visitors on guard, you wouldn’t know it from my traveling companion’s choice of footwear. “I can’t believe you’re wearing pink sneakers...

Why Is Latin America So Corrupt?

The annual release of the global Corruption Perceptions Index is rarely good news for Latin America. Except for a handful of standout nations, the region consistently performs poorly, with all but six mainland Latin...

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Colombia Narco Suspected of Murdering Athlete Andres Escobar

A drug trafficker believed to be connected to the 1995 murder of “the Football Gentleman,” soccer star Andres Escobar, is in police custody, according...

Colombian Bridge Collapse Kills Ten Workers, Injures Eight

At least 10 construction workers died in Colombia on Monday after the bridge they were working on near capital city Bogota collapsed. Colombian Civil Defence...

Colombia peso boosted by weak dollar and rising oil prices

The US dollar has lost more than 5% of its value against Colombia’s peso over the past month, partly because of an increase in...

Colombia Sends 55 Tons of Ham to Venezuela Amid Holiday Shortage

Colombia, seeking to smooth over some holiday sadness in its South American neighbor Venezuela, has sent two trucks packed with ham — a traditional...

Colombia has started to look seriously at Indian economy and opportunities

US. President Donald Trump has revived the Ugly Gringo fears of Latin Americans. Humiliated by Trump’s insults and anti-NAFTA stand, Mexico is keen to...

The Politically Correct Language Police Arrive in Colombia!

Last week in Bogota, Judge Luis Octavio Mora Bejarano, ordered mayor Enrique Peñalosa to change the city’s slogan from “Bogotá mejor para todos” (Bogota...

The latest threat to peace in Colombia: Congress

The peace process in Colombia has reached a new landmark. On Nov. 30, both houses of Congress approved a bill establishing an alternative criminal...

El Dorado Expansion Adds to Colombia’s Biggest Airport

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday opened the new international wing of El Dorado the country’s most important airport. The new wing cost approximately...

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...

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...