Non-Profit Work in Colombia: Easy Money?

The contributor of this post operates a nonprofit organization based in Colombia. He wishes to remain anonymous. Easy money, part I My office gets approached at least once a week, from what I assume to be...

Drug chief’s sister escapes from prison with false docs

Colombian authorities are looking into the prison release of the sister of one of the biggest drug lords in Colombia — alias “la Negra” – since this Tuesday, under allegations that she escaped with...

Dutch Embassy To Process Schengen Visa

Starting September 5  the Embajada del Reino de los Países Bajo will begin processing the Schengen visa at the consular offices in Bogota and Cali only. For residents of Cali this eliminates a trip to...

Booked yet? Barranquilla’s carnival announces 2016 program

Colombia Reports Colombia’s Caribbean city of Barranquilla announced details for their February carnival, sparking anticipation for one of the world’s biggest carnivals. The 2016 edition of the carnival will be rammed with kings, queens, extravagant costumes, music and dancing...

Bogota Mayor Describes his Ouster as Coup d’Etat

  Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro said that his dismissal was a coup against democracy and leftist forces in Colombia, and he announced a national demonstration to demand justice. "We cannot remain silent and accept this...

Acid Attack Kills Man in Medellin

A 22-year-old Colombian man died Wednesday from injuries he sustained in an acid attack, a disturbing new violent crime trend here, authorities said. Medellin police chief Jose Angel Mendoza told reporters that the young man...

Colombia Holds First Narco-Goods Auction

A watch encrusted with diamonds at an auction in Bogota of goods seized from Colombia’s drug traffickers It’s a wristwatch that could only have belonged to someone like Pablo Escobar: a solid gold Rolex encrusted...

Councilman Segundo Benjamín Morales murdered

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Segundo Benjamín Morales, a councilman representing the Radical Change party in the municipality of San José de Albán in the department of Nariño, was fatally shot by unknown gunmen who broke...

Hundreds of girls in Colombian town sick after taking Gardasil vaccine

COLOMBIA NEWS  (Associated Press) - A mystery illness has apparently overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia, with scores of teenage girls in hospital with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction...

$16.5M worth of Cali’s christmas lights mysteriously disappear

Colombia's third largest city Cali is likely to celebrate Christmas without lighting this year after $16.5 million worth of decorations have mysteriously gone missing, local newspaper El Pais reported Tuesday. According to the newspaper, some...

2 killed, 37 hurt in Colombia bomb blast during children’s Halloween festivities

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombian authorities say two men were killed and at least 37 people injured when a suitcase bomb the men were carrying on a bicycle exploded during Halloween festivities in a...

Venture capitalist firm to boost start-ups in Bogota

Investment firm The Founder Institute will seek to create hundreds of jobs by 2015 in Colombia’s capital Bogota through its entrepreneur apprenticeship program, the Silicon Valley-born investor stated. Focusing on training people to start up...

Family U.S. Man killed in Colombia in Shock Over His Death

TODAY COLOMBIA - A brother of a Long Island man gunned down while vacationing in Colombia said Sunday his family is struggling to get details of how he was killed. John Mariani, 65, of Floral...

Colombia’s Bogota bares all for photographer Spencer Tunick

American photographer Spencer Tunick, famous for his pictures of huge crowds of naked people, on Sunday convinced more than 6,000 Colombians to strip down in Bogota’s main public square –… Read more Colombia’s Bogota bares...

Bicycle Use Booming in Latin America

(IPS) - “I ride 43 km a day and I love it,” said Carlos Cantor in Bogotá, Colombia. “Five years ago I switched my car for a bike,” explained Tomás Fuenzalida from Santiago, Chile. They...

Social project turned eyesore: Medellin’s Biblioteca de España

Envisioned as an architectural symbol of change in Medellin’s once violence-laden eastern hills, the Biblioteca de España is already facing a number of structural issues.  Designed by Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti in 2005, the library was...

The fight is on for Bogota’s public water services

Via Morningstaronline/TodayColombia Astonishing events have unfolded in the Colombian capital Bogota over the last few days. Within the space of less than 24 hours last Wednesday hundreds of trade unionists, students, Bogota city cabinet members,...

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This Monday was the deadline for striking Avianca pilots, who are still in the process of being reinstated, to return to their jobs. Avianca, Colombia’s...

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A risqué promotional video offers a drug-fuelled orgy offering unlimited sex with big-bottomed hookers in a “sex island experience” holiday in Colombia. The raunchy clip...

In Latin America, is there a link between abortion rights and democracy?

Three-quarters of all abortions in Latin America are performed illegally, putting the woman’s life at risk. Together with Africa and Asia, the region accounts...

Colombia Qualifies For World Cup 2018

Colombia qualified for next year’s World Cup on Tuesday after a dramatic last round of South American fixtures that also saw qaulity Uruguay and...

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It was just before rush hour on Aug. 23, 2017, when the Bogota, Colombia, district police and SWAT squad came for the gangs of...

Corruption On The Rise in Latin America and the Caribbean

Corruption is a scourge that hurts ordinary people every day across the Americas. And when they speak out about it, far too often they...

Colombia President Signs Ceasefire Deal With ELN Rebels for 1st Time in History

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