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  • Colombia says increasing number of Venezuelans involved in ELN attacks

    02/15/2018 11:02:30 PM PST · by blueplum · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 February 2018 | Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Helen Murphy, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien
    BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia on Thursday said an increasing number of Venezuelans were taking part in attacks by Marxist ELN rebels and in criminal activity, as hundreds of thousands of migrants flee over the border to escape a humanitarian crisis at home. {snip}Villegas said Venezuelans had collaborated with the National Liberation Army (ELN) in attacks in Colombia and been involved in killings and robberies. {snip}Villegas said intelligence agents in Colombia had found that an attack by the ELN in late January, which killed six police officers and injured 40, was planned in Venezuela. He also said that two Venezuelan members...
  • Mass Exodus From Venezuela’s Socialist Violence And Starvation

    02/13/2018 9:32:37 AM PST · by blam · 47 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2-13-2018
    People are fleeing the socialism forced on them in Venezuela by the hundreds of thousands. Starving, and facing violence over crumbs of food, many have no choice but to flee the wasteland which used the authority of government to destroy the lives of its citizens. Thousands of Venezuelans are attempting to flee the socialist dystopia their nation has become. They are attempting to make it to Colombia. In a desperate bid to escape the hunger and soaring crime rate caused by the spiraling economic crisis, fueled by socialist policies, incredible pictures have surfaced showing the mass exodus of refugees crossing...
  • Mass refugee exodus prompts new border controls – in Brazil and Colombia

    02/10/2018 7:09:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/10/2016 | Monica Showalter
    A border rush?  Of refugees?  From violence?  Like what we had with the Central American "unaccompanied minors" crisis of 2014? Nope, it's someplace else – Colombia and Brazil, which just announced the clampdown on their borders with restricted cards, punishments for illegals, and thousands more border guards, to keep unchecked illegal immigration under control, as thousands and thousands of Venezuelans flee their hellish homeland. According to Reuters: Colombia and Brazil tightened border controls with Venezuela on Thursday as both nations grapple with a mounting influx of hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants fleeing a worsening economic crisis. In a visit to the border...
  • Local Pablo Escobar-themed bar draws ire from Embassy of Colombia

    02/07/2018 11:27:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Marketing Interactive ^ | 07/02/2018 Wed
    The Embassy of Colombia in Singapore has criticised a new local bar for taking on a Pablo Escobar theme. The bar, named Escobar, features murals dedicated to Escobar, a late Colombian drug kingpin also known as “The King of Cocaine”, and included themed-menu offerings such as “Don Corleone” pizza and “Stab in Your Heart” burger, Yahoo News reported. The embassy’s letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that idolising Escobar undermines the work done by successive Colombian governments, adding that the Colombian community in Singapore experienced “indignation” towards the issue. The embassy expressed unhappiness at the the bar being...
  • Bridge collapse in Colombia kills 10 construction workers, several missing

    01/26/2018 7:36:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | January 16, 2018 | amp/jm (Reuters, AP, dpa)
    At least 10 construction workers died and several were injured after a partially constructed bridge in central Colombia collapsed on Monday. The laborers were working on the bridge's drainage system when the incident occurred. The victims fell 280 meters (920 feet) into a ravine in Chirajara about 95 kilometers (60 miles) from the Colombian capital of Bogota.
  • Man Gored to Death While Baiting Bulls During Festival in Colombia

    01/05/2018 12:51:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | 4 Jan 2018 | Harley Tamplin
    Shocking footage shows the moment a man suffered a fatal injury when he was gored by a charging bull. Jorge Barrios died after taking part in Colombia’s ‘corralejas’ bullfighting event, which has attracted criticism from animal rights campaigners. Quit your job because the Mega Millions jackpot is now $450m During the festival, a large number of contestants bait the animal with red capes before dodging out of the way at the last second. But Barrios, thought to be a construction worker, was not able to move out of the way in time in the arena in Sincelejo. In the video,...
  • The First Anti-American President

    12/28/2017 7:44:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 28, 2017 | Michael Ledeen
    Barack Obama will no doubt be chronicled, among other things, as the first anti-American president. No wonder; he’s the product of an educational system that has become increasingly radical and anti-American with each passing decade, and his mother was a stereotypical leftist anthropologist with a passion for the Third World. The pattern is unmistakable. As Luis Fleischman notes, Obama wanted to make deals with our enemies, Iran being the most dramatic example. But just look at Latin America: The Obama Administration tried to avoid confrontations with anyone it wanted to make a “historic deal” with. Most of these “historic deals”...
  • 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 Chavez’s ex-wife and worked in the White House. And she’d 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, it’s 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 Venezuela’s 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 he’d 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 hadn’t 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
    Editor’s 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 Chávez 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 country’s 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...