Colombia

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 $143 million and should contribute to a swifter processing of the rapidly increasing number of foreign visitors to the country. Some...

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 purchasing power, which has been badly hit by the recent tax reform. On the other side, entrepreneurs will be arguing...

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 of “normal” weather, even as ideas of La Niña grow. A worker checks coffee beans in Nariño, south-western Colombia The US Department...

How Colombia, Once Consumed by Violence, Became Your Next Destination

TODAY COLOMBIA (Cntraveler) – In 2008, Colombia’s tourism board launched a series of commercials touting the country’s natural and cultural wonders. In them, visitors and locals, with thick accents specific to regions across the country, speak glowingly about the hospitality and climate as a...

Colombia: how universities can help to build lasting peace

After more than 50 years of conflict, the recent peace agreement in Colombia marks a historic ceasefire between the government and rebel groups. It also poses great challenges, as the various parts of Colombian society learn to adjust.  A man holding a Colombian flag walks...

Colombia: Is Cocoa The New Cocaine?

38,000 Colombian families will now work together as a new company called María del Campo, which will operate under a similar business model of that of coffee growers. A now peaceful country is reshaping its economy The long-term project will be based out of Bogotá and...

A Portrait of Colombia in 26 Gorgeous Polaroids

(San Francisco) Bay Area photographer Matthew O’Brien documented Colombia from his unique vantage as a long-time visitor, straddling the line between traveler and insider while living in the country off and on from 2003 through 2013. Using a Polaroid camera, O’Brien photographed Colombia in a...

Colombia: People suffer high levels of violence despite peace process

Violence remains a major problem for a large part of Colombia’s population, despite the end of the conflict with the FARC-EP, according to a report released by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Nuri is a fish seller in one of Buenaventura´s markets. One of her sons...

Canada and Colombia will establish a “bilateral police initiative”

Colombia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning president, Juan Manuel Santos, thanked Canadians Monday for their support of his country’s peace process – support that was bolstered by what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a “bilateral police initiative,” and the prospect of peacekeepers. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos...

Perception of Security in Colombia Is Better than the Global Average

Policia Nacional de Colombia The perception of security in Colombia is better than the global average and more favorable than the three other largest countries in Latin America, according to a recent study from Unisys. The U.S.-based IT company’s report found that people in Colombia —...

10 Mental Health Care Center Employees Arrested for Abusing Disabled Children

The workers and heads of the institution were arrested by police. | Photo: Colombian Police Colombian police have arrested ten people after they found children with disabilities who were being abused inside of a clinic run by the government. The workers were part of the staff...

Colombian Army Burns 814 Kgs of “High-Quality” Marijuana in Middle of Town

In Colombia, the seizure and subsequent destruction of 814 kilos of ‘cripy’ marijuana in the town of Florencia, Caquetá led to non-stop calls to the emergency line. Residents took notice of a strong smell in the area between October 13 and 16 as authorities burnt...

Deadline Expires for Striking Avianca Pilots in Colombia

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 national airline, released a document directed to the Colombian Association of Civil Aviators (ACDAC) which finalized details of the possible...

Tourists Face Being Thrown Out of Country On This ‘Hooker Holiday’

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 by the Good Girls Co advertises the “sex island experience” which promises a “drug friendly” environment, “free booze” and “orgies...

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

‘I’m not inviting you to abort, I’m inviting you to decide.’ Can democracy exist if women aren’t recognized as people with full human rights? Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters Three-quarters of all abortions in Latin America are performed illegally, putting the woman’s life at risk. Together with Africa...

Who Are the Real Targets of Bogota’s Crackdown on Crime?

Homeless residents of El Bronx embrace after a May 2016 raid that displaced thousands, sending some to shelters and others to streets elsewhere in the city. Fernando Vergara/AP It was just before rush hour on Aug. 23, 2017, when the Bogota, Colombia, district police and...

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

Colombia’s ELN rebel commander, Nicolas Rodriguez waving to the media next to Antonio Garcia, representatives of Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN), ordered a ceasfire A deal signed on Friday by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos marks a significant milestone in efforts to end political violence...

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

Colombia’s ELN rebel commander, Nicolas Rodriguez waving to the media next to Antonio Garcia, representatives of Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN), ordered a ceasfire A deal signed on Friday by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos marks a significant milestone in efforts to end political violence...

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 violation of their rights. The Commission for Follow-up, Impulse and Verification on the Implementation of the Final Agreement, or CSIVI, is...

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 different story — that of armed groups struggling for control of lucrative criminal markets as Colombia’s armed conflict enters a...

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

Most wanted criminals announcements from Colombia’s national police, representing top Urabeños figures. Several have been arrested or killed in the past few months (Insightcrime) The most wanted drug trafficker in Colombia and leader of the powerful Urabeños has offered to surrender himself and his organization...

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 precedent by calling out the anti-narcotics efforts of Colombia, potentially complicating cooperation with one of the United States’ closest anti-drug...

Drug Capos Looking for Way Out Via Colombia Peace Accords

Image for illustrative purposes TODAY COLOMBIA via Insightcrime – Authorities in Colombia have filtered out more than two dozen drug capos attempting to pass themselves off as FARC guerrillas in order to take advantage of judicial benefits offered to demobilizing rebels under the terms of...

Colombia Struggles To Deliver Justice In Army ‘Cash-For-Kills’ Scandal

Colombian soliders on parade in Bogota. EPA/Mauricio Duenas Castaneda As Colombia’s 50-year armed conflict enters a post-conflict phase, the country is having to face up to the toll it took on millions of lives. There are more than 8m registered victims, and today, Colombia is...

What Of A Colombia Without All Those 0’s In Its Money?

The new to Colombia are often bewildered by all those zeros following the numbers 1 to 9 to in the local currency. I am still awed by figures in the tens, even hundreds of millions of Pesos only to learn, on conversion, that it’s...

Avianca In A Battle For Supremacy Of South America’s Skies

Over the past couple of decades, consolidation and bankruptcies have reshaped the airline industry in North America. Historic brands such as TWA, Continental, Northwest, and US Air have gone away, with new ones like JetBlue and Virgin America coming on strong. The same can be...

US Ambassador to Colombia Says FARC Hasn’t Earned Removal from List of Terrorist Organizations

“What does the agreement say?” Whitaker asked. “It says that the FARC need to provide information about drug trafficking so that research can give way to a judicial follow-up, which has not happened.” . Photo César Melgarejo / EL TIEMPO The United States Ambassador to...

Avianca Pilot’s Strike Continues After Talks Collapse

Talks to end a strike by the largest pilots’ union at Colombia’s flagship airline Avianca were suspended after failing to reach agreement on wages and benefits, the two sides said on Wednesday, extending an indefinite walkout that has left travelers grounded. Avianca says the strike...

For Colombian rebels, a risky shift from armed revolt to party politics

Yuli and Eduar of the 51st Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) eat at a camp in Cordillera Oriental, Colombia, August 16, 2016. Picture taken August 16, 2016. REUTERS/John Vizcaino – RTX2N6TF TODAY COLOMBIA, Camille Boutron, Universidad de los Andes –...

Colombian Landslide: Over 200 Die In Mocoa, Even More Missing

From El Tiempo Landslides have killed at least 206 people in south-west Colombia and left many more injured, aid officials say. Hours of heavy rains overnight caused rivers to burst their banks, flooding homes with mud in Putumayo province. The Cruz Roja (Red Cross) said that at...

Colombian Landslide: Over 200 Die In Mocoa, Even More Missing

From El Tiempo Landslides have killed at least 206 people in south-west Colombia and left many more injured, aid officials say. Hours of heavy rains overnight caused rivers to burst their banks, flooding homes with mud in Putumayo province. The Cruz Roja (Red Cross) said that at...

The Regions of Colombia Playing the Biggest Role in the Coca Boom

A coca farmer in Columbia with his crop. Photo Phil Chan/Flickr TODAY COLOMBIA – InSight Crime takes a closer look at shifts in coca cultivation trends in 19 of Colombia’s departments based on the most recent US estimates, shedding light on the different dynamics on...

Colombia, Central America and the needle trade

Colombia textiles TODAY COLOMBIA – Two Colombian textile and apparel sector companies are expanding in Central America, with the expectation of creating some new 1,700 jobs, mostly in Nicaragua, the result of a US$8 million investment by Cali-based Supertex. A subcontractor for sportswear brands, which include...

Why Coca Leaf, Not Coffee, May Always be Colombia’s Favourite Cash Crop

A peasant walks among coca crops in Cauca, Colombia. Picture taken January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga – RTSXUBA TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia’s current peace process is facing numerous challenges. In a country that has suffered the worst impacts of the international drug war, one main...

Monuments Made of FARC Guerrillas’ Weapons to Be Erected at UN Headquarters

Photo: Oleg Yasinsky TODAY COLOMBIA – Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been handing their weapons over to the United Nations as part of the peace agreement they signed with the Colombian government on November 24, 2016, to end Latin America’s...

Monuments Made of FARC Guerrillas’ Weapons to Be Erected at UN Headquarters

Photo: Oleg Yasinsky TODAY COLOMBI – Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been handing their weapons over to the United Nations as part of the peace agreement they signed with the Colombian government on November 24, 2016, to end Latin America’s...