Tag: Colombia

To Save Colombia’s Peace Process, Prove the Extremists Wrong

“Roughly half of all countries that emerge from war lapse back into violence within five years,” observed United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2005. In Colombia, which is more than halfway to five years, permanent peace is not assured. A November 2016 accord ended a half-century of fighting with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of […]

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Amazon Forests Are Being Razed at Breakneck Speed, and Not Only in Brazil

Three years of relative peace with rebels in Colombia has opened once-forbidding jungles to settlers. Illegal gold mining is fueling forest loss in Peru. Cattle ranchers in Bolivia are razing rainforest to meet beef demand in China. Deforestation at breakneck rates is depleting vast expanses of Amazon forest contained in South American countries neighboring Brazil. […]

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Colombia’s Fragile Peace Is in Peril

In a video released on Wednesday, a former top commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia issued a new call to arms. Luciano Marín, who is known by the alias Iván Márquez and was the lead negotiator during the peace talks, stood before a group of 20 ex-FARC guerrillas dressed in fatigues and explained […]

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How Tainted Gold May Have Ended Up in Your Phone

Episode 12: ‘Apple’s Gold’ Producer/Director Brent McDonald If you’re reading this on your phone, you may be holding illegally mined gold from Colombia, where the precious metal has replaced cocaine as the main source of income for organized crime. The growing demand for gold as a conductive metal used in phones and other electronic products […]

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Shock Corridor

As reports exposing the shockingly brutal conditions at immigrant detention centers have drawn comparisons to ethnic detention compounds under authoritarian regimes, it becomes ever more pressing for the country’s vast immigration bureaucracy to lean on whatever prestige it can muster at the height of the Trump border crackdown. And like everything else connected with this […]

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9 Cities Where Public Transit Offers Eye-Popping Views

Many tourists ride the free Staten Island Ferry just to see the skyline and the Statue of Liberty, but New York isn’t the only place where public transportation provides outstanding vistas. In many major cities across the world, sublime views can be had for as little as a one-way commuter fare. And you’ll get the […]

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The Colombian Who Made History at the Tour de France

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Like most Colombian cyclists, Egan Bernal is a gifted climber. Unlike most Colombian cyclists, he took advantage of those climbing skills honed in the Andean country to reach the pinnacle of the sport, a victory in the Tour de France on Sunday. Bernal, 22, is not only the first Colombian to win […]

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They Survived Colonization and War. But Venezuela’s Collapse Was Too Much.

PARENSTU, Colombia — They had lived off the land for hundreds of years, before Venezuela or Colombia had even been founded. The Wayuu, an indigenous group of shepherds in South America, had survived war, upheaval, revolution and even being separated from one another by the creation of national borders between the two countries. Yet for […]

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A Judge Is Freed. Can Venezuela Now Free Itself?

July 5, Venezuela’s Independence Day, came with a precious piece of news for all those who hope for the country’s future: Michele Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for human rights, announced that the Venezuelan judge María Lourdes Afiuni had been released from parole, after almost 10 years of confinement. But her release came with […]

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A Bishop Wants to Solve Gang Violence by Spraying Holy Water from a Helicopter

Left Image: Photo by JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP/Getty Images. Right Image: Photo by GUILLERMO MUNOZ/AFP/Getty Images. The weather report in Buenaventura, Colombia, calls for thunderstorms this Sunday. That is a bit unfortunate, since it may prove tricky to differentiate between precipitation and holy water falling from the sky. That afternoon, on the Lord’s day of rest, Monsignor Rubén […]

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What America Doesn’t Get About Dictatorships

BOGOTA, Colombia — It’s been five months since the opposition lawmaker Juan Guaidó assumed the symbolic role of interim president of Venezuela, hoping to unseat the country’s strongman, Nicolás Maduro. Despite more than 50 countries recognizing Mr. Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president, oil sanctions imposed by the United States, massive street protests, and the worst […]

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Colombia’s Congress Debates Censuring Defense Minister Over Army Kill Orders

MEDELLÍN, Colombia — Colombia’s House of Representatives opened a debate on Monday to censure the country’s defense minister, amid national criticism that the military had issued orders this year encouraging human rights abuses. The hearing to discipline the minister, Guillermo Botero, came three weeks after The New York Times revealed new orders instructing top army […]

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After Death on Airliner, Autopsy’s Grim Discovery: 246 Packs of Cocaine

LONDON — A man who died after going into convulsions on a flight from Colombia to Japan was found to have swallowed 246 tiny packages of cocaine, officials said. The plane, an Aeromexico flight from Bogotá to Tokyo, made an emergency landing very early Friday morning at Hermosillo airport in the Mexican state of Sonora […]

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