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  • European Environmentalists Rekindling Cocaine Problem in Colombia and in the United States

    11/22/2017 6:05:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 22, 2017 | Bob Barr
    Not that many years ago, the South American nation of Colombia was on the cusp of becoming a failed “narco-state.” With climatic conditions ideal for the growing of coca plants, and with dense jungles providing natural cover for illegal operations, Colombia became an international hub for the manufacturing and export of cocaine. As demand for these drugs grew in the United States from the 1970s on, so too did the violence and corruption of powerful drug cartels as they expanded territory, and battled rivals and the government. By the 1990s, Colombia was regarded as one of the most dangerous places...
  • Venezuelan opposition politician flees house arrest for Colombia

    11/19/2017 1:52:40 PM PST · by Nateman · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 17 2017 | Foreign Staff
    Former Caracas Mayor and prominent opposition leader Antonio Ledezma has escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia. Colombian immigration authorities say in a statement that Mr Ledezma entered the country legally on Friday by crossing the Simon Bolivar bridge separating the two countries.
  • CIA Document: Informant Claimed Hitler Survived WW2 and Lived in Colombia Until 1950s

    10/31/2017 11:59:00 AM PDT · by righttackle44 · 84 replies
    Western Journalism [Compliation] ^ | October 31, 2017 | Jack Davis
    Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler survived World War II and was living in South America during the 1950s, according to a CIA memo released last week along with other formerly classified files that were related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Most historians believe Hitler committed suicide in April 1945 as the Soviet Red Army was closing in on Berlin. The memo said a man named Phillip Citroen, a former German SS agent, told a CIA source in Venezuela that while Citroen was working in Colombia, he met a man who not only looked like Hitler, but who was...
  • She told them she was Hugo Chavezs ex-wife and worked in the White House. And shed make them rich.

    09/20/2017 12:22:43 PM PDT · by Enchante · 9 replies
    WaPo via MSN.com ^ | September 20, 2017 | Manuel Roig-Franzia
    On one level, the saga of Madame Giselle is a story about, in no particular order, allegations by two neighbors who say they were swindled in an elaborate scheme to sell T-shirts to the Venezuelan army, a cash-stuffed envelope slipped under a doorway, a legendary bygone scandal involving the Colombian military and a glamorous woman known as The Blonde, an ongoing multimillion-dollar Colombian fraud case, and a supposed helicopter ride into Syria. But on another level, as illustrated in interviews and in hundreds of text messages obtained by The Washington Post, its a story about friendship and trust, about what...
  • Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor flees to Colombia

    08/19/2017 8:44:43 AM PDT · by texas booster · 12 replies
    Miami Herald AP ^ | Aug 18 2017 | CHRISTINE ARMARIO
    Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor and her husband two of President Nicolas Maduro's most outspoken critics fled the country and landed Friday afternoon in Colombia. Luisa Ortega Diaz and German Ferrer arrived in Bogota aboard a private plane traveling from Aruba, Colombian migration authorities said in a statement. The couple didn't request asylum, according to a senior Colombian official speaking on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to discuss the politically sensitive case. Ortega and Ferrer have long been aligned with Venezuela's ruling socialist party but recently broke with Maduro, publicly denouncing his push to convene a constitutional...
  • Armed Venezuelan soldiers caught in Guyana begging for food

    BOGOTA, Colombia A handful of Venezuelan soldiers armed and in uniform were caught in neighboring Guyana last week begging for food, local police reported, another sign of Venezuelas deepening hunger crisis. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article167335697.html#fmp#storylink=cpy Guyanese Police Inspector Christopher Humphrey said hed gone to the border along the Amacuro river, which divides the two nations, to investigate reports that the Venezuelan military was stealing food from locals. But the three soldiers he encountered two carrying military assault rifles said they had come to beg for meals and hadnt harmed anyone.s Humphrey said the men had crossed...
  • Colombia declares FARC war over as last guns roll away

    08/15/2017 2:16:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 8/15/17 | afp
    Bogota (AFP) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos declared the country's 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas "truly over" Tuesday, as the last truckloads of decommissioned weapons rolled away to be melted down. Santos himself shut a padlock on the last lot of decommissioned rifles before it was taken out of a remote demobilization camp to formally seal the UN-supervised disarmament by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). "With the laying down of arms ... the conflict is truly over and a new phase begins in the life of our nation," Santos said at a ceremony in Pondores, a remote...
  • Hungry Venezuelans turn to Colombia for a plate of food

    08/15/2017 8:26:26 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 14, 2017 | LUZ DARY DEPABLOS
    CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) Under a scorching sun just a short walk from Colombia's border with Venezuela, hundreds of hungry men, women and children line up for bowls of chicken and rice the first full meal some have eaten in days. An estimated 25,000 Venezuelans make the trek across the Simon Bolivar International Bridge into Colombia each day. Many come for a few hours to work or trade goods on the black market, looking for household supplies they cannot find back home. But increasingly, they are coming to eat in one of a half-dozen facilities offering struggling Venezuelans a...
  • Colombia and Venezuela Burning: Is the Vatican Coddling Communists?

    08/03/2017 8:33:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 2, 2017 | Domingo Caro
    Editors note: The following comes from Domingo Caro, a contributor well versed in politics and the Church in South America.Colombia has been terrorized and turned into a drug-dealing country by communist subversion for decades. The worst force in this regard has a name: the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), or FARC. After President Uribe (2002-2010) struck them hard, they decided to change their strategy and secure power through elections, as Hugo Chvez himself did in neighboring Venezuela.Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has played an active role in this strategy. Last year, he signed a peace...
  • Three Gay Men Legally Get Married And This Is Just The Beginning

    07/05/2017 4:58:21 PM PDT · by Kalamata · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 4, 2017 | Doctor of Common Sense
    Starting in Columbia, and it's coming here.
  • Colombia works to salvage Spanish treasure ship loaded with estimated $1 billion in gold, jewels

    07/06/2017 10:47:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 6, 2017
    Colombia is making progress in salvaging the San Jose, a centuries-old Spanish ship believed to be carrying $1 billion worth of gold, silver and gems, the country's president said Wednesday. The ship, which sank in 1708, was found in 2015 by the Colombian navy and the countrys archaeology institute near the port of Cartegena. The San Jose's manifest showed it was carrying jewels and coins worth an estimated $1 billion, but analysts say the crew may have smuggled extra loot on board, National Geographic reported. All this precious cargo was taken away from the indigenous people of the Americas, Charles...
  • Three Men Get Married in Colombia and There is No Slippery Slope

    06/25/2017 12:56:04 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    The Stream ^ | June 21, 2017 | Dr. Michael L. Brown
    In 2016, same-sex marriage was legalized in Colombia. One year later, the courts have now recognized a polyamorous family of three men. And there is no slippery slope. As reported by the Daily Mail: Actor Victor Hugo Prada and his two partners, sports instructor John Alejandro Rodriguez and journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez, have signed legal papers with a solicitor in the city of Medellin, establishing them as a family unit with inheritance rights. We wanted to validate our household and our rights, because we had no solid legal basis establishing us as a family, said one of the men,...
  • The U.S. Air Force Almost Rented a Squadron of A-10 Warthogs to Colombia

    06/22/2017 9:25:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 22, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    When the A-10 Warthog first entered service, its primary job was standing ready to blow up hordes of tanks if the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies ever invaded Western Europe or if a similar major conflict erupted on the Korean Peninsula. Decades later, after years of flying the jets in a broader close air support role, the U.S. Air Force looked into what it would take to rent a fleet of the blunt-nosed attack jets to Colombia, where they would've blasted leftist guerrillas and drug smugglers. In early November 2003, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Randall Schmidt, then...
  • Colombia's first THREE-man marriage between a 'polyamorous family' is legally recognised

    06/14/2017 2:50:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 14, 2017 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    Three gay men say they have gained legal recognition as the first 'polyamorous family' in Colombia, where same-sex marriages were legalized last year. Actor Victor Hugo Prada and his two partners, sports instructor John Alejandro Rodriguez and journalist Manuel Jose Bermudez, have signed legal papers with a solicitor in the city of Medellin, establishing them as a family unit with inheritance rights.
  • Chavez's image taken off altars

    04/06/2002 9:41:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies · 736+ views
    United Press International ^ | March 4, 2002 | Uwe Siemon-Netto,UPI Religion Correspondent
    Lately, Chavez declared himself a member of a charismatic congregation, thus allegedly belonging to his country's fastest-growing branch of Christianity. But then he angered the country's National Catholic Bishops Conference by communing at a Mass organized by a priest of pro-Communist leanings. Should you have any doubt that Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is in serious decline, consider this: His bust is being removed from the altars of his country's popular religion, a renowned anthropologist told United Press International on Monday. Less than four years ago, the syncretistic Maria Lionza cult celebrated Chavez as the reincarnation of Simon Bolivar, (1783-1830),...
  • Few survive after plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashes

    11/29/2016 6:01:02 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | 29 November 2016 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Six people have been pulled out alive from the wreckage of a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team that crashed in Colombia, killing 75 people, while en route to a championship match, officials said.
  • Plane With Brazilian Soccer Team Crashes in Colombia

    11/28/2016 9:58:36 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | NOV. 29, 2016
    BOGOTA, Colombia An airplane with 72 people on board, including players from a Brazilian soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport. Medellin's Mayor Federico Gutierrez said that it is possible there are survivors.
  • The earthquake/shake-off of MSM: Brexit; Trump; Colombia

    11/27/2016 7:10:47 PM PST · by FreedomUS · 9 replies
    My point is not to give an opinion re Brexit or Colombia -FARC deal, but merely to point out the slap in the face of the media. As an American I saw it as a great statement against the biased MSM in our great country.In the US: In The Wake Of Trump's Win, Here Are 5 Ways The Media Can Regain Credibility - Forbes - Nov 17, 2016 - Trump's victory surprised those who should have seen it ... The 2016 election dragged the media's credibility to an all-time low. http://www.forbes.com/sites/brettedkins/2016/11/17/in-the-wake-of-trumps-win-how-does-the-media-regain-credibility/In UKBritish Media Stunned By Surprise Brexit Vote | Hollywood...
  • Trump admin to pressure foreign states to probe Clinton Foundation (targeting Haiti and Columbia)

    11/27/2016 4:38:27 AM PST · by Liz · 67 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 11/27/16 | Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein
    Foreign governments began turning off money spigots to the scandal-scarred Clinton Foundation; it received millions from dozens of foreign governments including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden and Ireland. <><> French federal comptrollers began following a trail of tens of millions in government money that ended up in Clinton Foundation coffers, according to a document reviewed by The NY Post.<><> The Australian government announced that it would end its decade-long affiliation with the Clinton Foundation amounting to as much as $25 million, according to the foundations Web site.<><> Norway is also scaling back; donations reached $25 million in...
  • Colombia's Largest Airline Cancels Flights to Caracas

    10/22/2016 4:18:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Colombia's flagship airline has grounded all flights to Caracas after a mid-air intercept of one of its planes by Venezuela's air force. Avianca said that it's also rerouting several flights to Europe to avoid Venezuelan air space until further notice. ``We're waiting for them to guarantee the security conditions required to operate,'' Avianca spokeswoman Gilma Usuga told The Associated Press. The incident took place on a Bogota-bound flight that departed from Madrid. The Boeing 787 was flying at a high altitude near Venezuela's western border with Colombia when at 7:10 p.m. local time (00:10 GMT) on Friday another aircraft was...