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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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...