What Took Medellin’s Top American Pimp So Long to Get Caught?

 (TODAY COLOMBIA via DailyBeast) American tourists visiting Medellín knew him as “Colombia Jake,” the friendly local American guide who made sure they had a good time. He could fix them up with an apartment,...

Tough Love for Latin America’s “Trophy Wives”

(Q24N) The recent murder of a beauty pageant director in Mexico draws attention to the long history of star-crossed romantic pairings involving two kinds of individuals Latin America is famous for: drug traffickers and...

A Brief History of Violence in Colombia

Colombia is a young country, it has no more than 300 years of history. Before the Discovery and Conquest by Cristóbal Colón in 1492, a large number of indigenous tribes inhabited the territory. They...

Colombia’s Risky Peace Gambit

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Colombia was a global murder capital held hostage by warring drug cartels. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, it looked like a potential failed state. These days, it...

What’s Next? Colombia After the Strike

PanAm Post - Important gains in the advancement of more open and free societies have often been achieved through successful social movements. The ”English Revolution,” the separation of Church and State, and the founding...

Give Colombia’s Long-Overdue Peace a Chance

Continued dissatisfaction with the Colombian peace process may impact the final outcome of next year's presidential elections. The stumbling talks may also come to represent yet another missed opportunity to end decades of conflict...

Big Labour Was Bigtime Wrong On Trade With Colombia

Big Labour worked hard to halt the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement, claiming it threatened our economy and our workers. But a year since its passage, the pact has surpassed all expectations. Where's the mea...

War and Peace in Colombia and Venezuela

By Clara Nieto In this column for IPS, Clara Nieto, a former Colombian ambassador to the United Nations, discusses the intersection between Colombia’s peace talks and post-Chávez Venezuela. BOGOTA (IPS) - The crisis in Venezuela caused...

Conscience objections urged in face of Colombian gay unions

(CNA/EWTN News).- Officials from the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia have urged Catholics to adhere to Church teaching in the face of potential same-sex unions and a movement towards a secular nation. Father Pedro Mercado, adjunct...

Colombia Leads the World in Displacement Due to Conflict and Organized Crime

Colombia continues to have the world's largest internally displaced population, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), with hundreds of thousands displaced in 2012 by the country's internal conflict and the activities of...

The observations of Former President Lleras in 1946 seem relevant today

“La Violencia” was a decade of fierce political violence that began in 1946 and unleashed much lawlessness and bloodshed. By 1960, it had claimed 200,000 lives. In March 1946, just prior to the presidential elections...

Humanitarian action in Colombia

In Colombia, 2012 saw the continuance of an armed conflict that began almost half a century ago, while other forms of violence intensified. The year was also marked by hopes for a resolution of...

Colombian ex-president under investigation for loss to Nicaragua

Colombia’s congress on Wednesday opened an investigation against ex-presidents Alvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana for their alleged responsibility in losing Caribbean waters to Nicaragua. Constantino Rodriguez, president of the Accusations Commission, confirmed the opening of...

Making peace in Colombia

They say that a bad agreement is better than a good fight. But not, it seems, in Bogotá. Last September, President Juan Manuel Santos launched a formal peace process with Colombia’s Farc guerrillas. This...

Can Northern Ireland act as a template for Colombia?

Fifteen years on from the Good Friday Agreement, there may be scepticism at home about the weaknesses of the Stormont assembly and executive. But in some other parts of the world Northern Ireland's 1998 peace...

A Writer’s Life in Medellin’s Most Violent Neighborhood

Soledad Rios, who's lived in Medellin's most violent neighborhood, Comuna 13, for 30 years, sells blood sausage and empanadas on a street corner for a living, frying them up fresh for customers. Sometimes when...

Tanja Nijmeijer, FARC-EP, Is Headed For Europe

Tanja Nijmeijer, the Dutch internationalist fighter that is part of the insurgent FARC-EP in Colombia, also known as "Eileen" or "Alexandra" and who for more than 11 years ago of the oldest guerrilla Americas,...

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Ivan Duque Wins Colombian Presidential Elections

President-elect Ivan Duque appealed for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook Colombia’s political establishment and laid bare...

Colombia Aiming For Best-ever World Cup

(AFP) Colombia will not take struggling Japan for granted when the two sides meet in their World Cup opener in Saransk, on Tuesday (June...

Fajardo’s Party Leaning Towards Supporting Leftist Petro

Now that the right-wing Ivan Duque will face the center-left Gustavo Petro in the second round of the Colombian presidential elections, the Alternative Democratic...

Ivan Duque and Gustavo Petro Go To Runoff

With nearly all ballots counted in Sunday's first round, Ivan Duque was leading with 39.7% ahead of Gustavo Petro on 24.8%. Former Medellin Mayor...

Colombia to be NATO’s first Latin American global partner

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia will next week formally join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, making it the only Latin American nation in the alliance,...

Pablo Escobar’s Former Hit Man “Popeye” Arrested In Medellin

From a "repentant Popeye", he went on to "Popeye imprisoned", Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, the self-proclaimed former sicario (hitman) for Pablo Escobar, was arrested...

Colombia’s presidential election: another referendum on the peace deal?

On Sunday, May 27, Colombians will head to the polls to elect a new president. At play in this year’s election are a range...

Colombia invited to join OECD; third Latin American member with Mexico and Chile

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that Colombia would be officially invited to join the group. The Paris-based economic...

How Will Colombia’s Next President Fight Organized Crime?

(Insightcrime.org) Colombia’s presidential election, scheduled for May 27, comes at a critical time in the country’s history. The peace process with the FARC is...

Duque Mantains Lead in Poll for Colombia election

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque kept his lead over rivals ahead of Colombia’s May 27 presidential election, with 35 percent of voters...