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  • Venezuela seizes warehouses packed with medical goods, food

    10/26/2014 8:31:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2014 | Andrew Cawthorne
    President Nicolas Maduro's government said on Thursday it had taken over warehouses around Venezuela crammed with medical goods and food that "bourgeois criminals" were hoarding for speculation and contraband. The socialist government says businessmen and wealthy opponents are trying to sabotage the economy to bring Maduro down, while also seeking to make profits from hoarding, price-gouging and smuggling across the border to Colombia. Critics say 15 years of failed policies of state intervention are to blame for the OPEC nation's widespread shortages, high inflation and apparently recessionary economy. They accuse nouveau riche officials and military officers of illegal business practices....
  • Caribbean, South American Countries Close Borders to Combat Ebola

    10/18/2014 2:06:09 PM PDT · by EBH · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/17/2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Colombia, Jamaica, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago have all announced travel bans as Ebola concerns grow. Colombian authorities announced that anyone entering their country from Ebola-stricken countries will face heavy scrutiny. Colombia’s National Health Institutes have said they developed a questionnaire to determine who should be under suspicion of potentially having contact with Ebola. Colombian newspapers have reported that some have already been detained due to the newly instituted executive actions. Fernando Ruiz, Colombia’s vice minister of health, said of the reports, “The cases are not suspicious. They are simply people who have traveled to places where Ebola is present....
  • Pictured: The WH worker (and top donor's son) who had Colombia prostitute in his hotel room

    10/09/2014 11:17:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2014 | David Martosko, Us Political Editor
    Senior Obama administration officials knew about a White House aide's link to the Secret Service prostitution scandal and covered it up, according to a bombshell report that surfaced Wednesday night. Friends of Barack: Jonathan Dach (right) posed with then-Senator Barack Obama during a campaign staff 'family night' event in Springfield, Missouri on November 1, 2008. Also seen are Dach's father Leslie (2nd left), then a Wal-Mart lobbying executive, and his mother Mary Dickie (left) Jonathan Dach, the staffer implicated by the Washington Post, was never disciplined after an investigation found he had a prostitute in his hotel room during a...
  • Journalists Appalled, Shocked Obama White House Would Lie to Them

    10/09/2014 6:51:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Late last night the Washington Post broke a story about a connection between White House aides and the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal. When the scandal broke two years ago, the White House denied involvement or knowing about the details of what happened. The Post story proves otherwise and provides evidence a White House volunteer officially checked a prostitute into his hotel room in Cartagena, Colombia. The report also details threats made against the Inspector General, who was asked to delay the release of embarrassing and damaging information about the connection between the White House and the scandal until after...
  • Colombia women’s cycling team looks naked in new uniform — SEE IT

    09/15/2014 2:34:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 93 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 14, 2014
    Colombia's national cycling team has become a laughing stock with its new skin-toned uniforms. Designers of the female squad's new garb bizarrely decided to use nude-colored cloth around the groin area.
  • Hebrew DNA found in South America? [OPEN]

    02/14/2009 6:41:48 PM PST · by restornu · 667 replies · 6,280+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Monday, May. 12, 2008 | By Michael De Groote
    Was Hebrew DNA recently found in American Indian populations in South America? According to Scott R. Woodward, executive director of Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, a DNA marker, called the "Cohen modal haplotype," sometimes associated with Hebrew people, has been found in Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia. But it probably has nothing to do with the Book of Mormon -- at least not directly. For years several critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of the Book of Mormon have claimed that the lack of Hebrew DNA markers in living Native American populations is evidence the book can't...
  • Pablo Escobar’s Hippos: A Growing Problem

    06/30/2014 10:15:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them. It was in 2007, 14 years after Escobar's death, that people in rural Antioquia, 200 miles north-west of Bogota, began phoning the Ministry of Environment to report sightings of a peculiar animal. "They found a creature in a river that they had never seen before, with small ears and a really big mouth," recalls Carlos Valderrama, from the charity Webconserva. He went to look, and found...
  • Former long-shot and Uribe ally scores upset in Colombia’s first-round presidential election

    05/25/2014 6:43:14 PM PDT · by mgist
    Miami herald ^ | 5/25/14 | Wyss
    JWYSS@MIAMIHERALD.COM BOGOTA, Colombia -- Former Finance Minister Óscar Iván Zuluaga won Sunday’s presidential election, setting the stage for a contentious June 15 runoff against President Juan Manuel Santos. With 99 percent of voting tables counted, authorities said Zuluaga had won 29.3 percent of the vote followed by Santos with 25.7 percent. Polls had been predicting a tight race but few gave Zuluaga the lead he clenched Sunday, where he beat Santos by more than 400,000 votes. In his victory speech, he asked Colombian’s to vote for change in three weeks and attacked Santos’ signature achievement — peace talks with the...
  • Garcia Marquez Leaves Hospital, in 'Delicate' State

    04/08/2014 5:24:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Apr 9, 2014
    Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez returned to his Mexico City home on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, after a week-long hospitalisation for a lung infection, but officials said he remains in "delicate" condition.
  • Foreign Ministry goes on strike, all Israel's embassies and consulates abroad to close

    03/23/2014 6:46:32 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/23/2014 15:50 | Herb Keinon
    Services needed for everybody from new immigrants to employers bringing in foreign workers will be brought to a halt. Foreign Ministry’s workers committee declared a full-fledged strike on Sunday, closing the ministry and all the country’s embassies and consulates around the world for the first time. The strike is the latest development in a nearly two-year-old work dispute that the workers declared for improved salaries and work conditions. Seven months of mediation efforts exploded on March 4 when the workers rejected a Finance Ministry proposal. The workers then resumed crippling labor measures that had been put on hold during the...
  • Colombia’s vice president has a great excuse for refusing office: His dog

    03/19/2014 12:55:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3-19-14 | Joshua Partlow
    Instantly putting himself in the running for political candor awards, Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon eschewed the tired spend-more-time-with-my-family cliche and went with a much rarer reason for turning down a government job: His dog would get too hot. Garzon had been nominated to be Colombia’s ambassador to Brazil, but apparently the Amazon nation’s tropical climate would not suit his beloved German shepherd, Orion. In an interview with Colombia’s Semana magazine, Garzon said that he had a “very hairy” dog and that Brasilia’s weather might “harm him.” “This is not a dog of the vice-presidency of the republic, it’s a...
  • Protests rage in Venezuela, one month on

    03/12/2014 3:53:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed March 12, 2014 | Catherine E. Shoichet,
    It's been a month since violent clashes between opposition demonstrators and government forces in Venezuela first grabbed global attention. Since then, at least 23 people have been killed, according to the latest government tally. The tally did not specify whether the deaths occurred among demonstrators or government forces, or both. Protests rage on, and demonstrators show no sign of backing down. ... Violence surged this week in Tachira state, which borders Colombia. Government forces shot tear gas at opposition barricades there, and a well-known student leader was gunned down Monday. Daniel Tinoco, 24, was a university student studying mechanical engineering....
  • Experts: Iran Exerting Troubling Influence in Latin America

    02/21/2014 12:20:10 AM PST · by Cindy · 21 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | February 4, 2014 | by Daniel Wiser
    Snippet: "Iran and its terrorist proxy groups’ influence in Latin America remains a troubling security threat to the region and world, experts said at a congressional hearing on Tuesday."
  • Not an upgrade – rebirth (Israeli Kfir fighter)

    01/17/2014 2:39:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | 14 January, 2014 | Arie Egozi
    Upgrading military aircraft – fixed wing and rotary – is a common operation performed all over the world. You take an old platform, reinforce the fuselage and wings, install some new systems and it can fly for many more years. But what Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is currently doing with its old Kfir fighter aircraft is an exception. The Kfir (Lion Cub) fighter is a single-seat multitask fighter built by IAI. The aircraft was first built for the Israeli air force (IAF). The first Kfir was delivered to the IAF in 1975, and entered into service in 1976. The fighter...
  • Colombian boffins reconstruct flight path of Russian meteor ( Video Illustration)

    02/27/2013 10:20:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 27th February 2013 14:46 GMT | Brid-Aine Parnell
    Trajectory apparently began in near-Earth asteroid group ApolloAstroboffins have figured out where the Chelaybinsk meteorite came from using the power of maths and videos shot by witnesses in Russia.Click here for VideoJorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin of the University of Antioquia in Colombia have come up with a preliminary reconstruction of the orbit of the meteor, which smashed into the city in the Urals completely unexpectedly two weeks ago. By combing through the witness videos and using trigonometry, the astronomers have determined that the meteorite came from the Apollo class of asteroids in our Solar System's space rock belt. The...
  • US Indicts 4 Colombia ELN Rebels for 2000 Kidnapping

    11/13/2013 1:45:17 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    LATIN AMERICA HERALD TRIBUNE ^ | November 8, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON – Four members of a violent guerilla organization were indicted on Friday on conspiracy and hostage-taking charges stemming from the kidnapping of more than 60 people in Colombia in 2000, including three United States nationals."
  • IAI selling upgraded Kfir jets for $20m

    08/08/2013 4:46:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Globes, Israel ^ | 6 August 13/ | Yuval Azulai
    IAI selling upgraded Kfir jets for $20m Israel Aerospace Industries promises very short delivery schedules for the renovated jets, which it claims are even better than fourth-generation jets. 6 August 13 17:45, Yuval Azulai Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) is trying to sell dozens of Kfir fighter jets to foreign air forces, offering a 40-year manufacturer's guarantee. The veteran jets are equipped with new avionics and powerful radars developed by IAI unit Elta Systems, diversified armaments, updated electronic warfare systems, and air-to-air refueling. IAI has told its sales reps to sell the Kfirs to Eastern European countries that...
  • Week in Review: Mortgage Rates and Treasury 10s Decline (Colombia and South Korea Fall More)

    07/12/2013 6:02:48 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/12/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    As we close out the week, the US Treasury 10 year yield fell 5.4 basis points, similar to the decline in the Japanese 10 year sovereign yield of 6.0 basis points. The UK, Germany, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand all saw around 15 basis point drops in their 10 year sovereign yields. Colombia and South Korea saw over 20 basis point yield declines. wbm071213 According to the Bankrate 30 year mortgage survey, mortgage rates and the US Treasury 10 both fell after a dramatic rise since the May Day Massacre (international sovereign yield rise). ust10br30071213 In the agency MBS market,...
  • Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Operating Out of Colombia

    07/10/2013 1:56:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2002.aspx Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Operating Out of Colombia 7/9/2013 Trade Based Money Laundering Network Supported Narcotics Traffickers Ayman Joumaa and Evaristo Linares Castillo WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of Colombian nationals Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz and his son, Henry Guberek Grimberg, as well as 29 other individuals and entities, including companies located in Colombia, Panama, and Israel, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). These 31 individuals and entities together form a money laundering network responsible for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in...
  • DEA agent killed in Colombia during apparent robbery attempt

    06/21/2013 10:11:55 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/21/13
    A DEA agent has died in an apparent robbery attempt in Colombia, U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley said Friday. Colombian authorities said the American agent was stabbed four times.
  • Iran Spy Network 30,000 Strong

    01/03/2013 3:07:06 AM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | January 3, 2013 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    "IRAN SPY NETWORK 30,000 STRONG Pentagon report: Iranian intelligence linked to spying, terror attacks" SNIPPET: "Iran’s intelligence service includes 30,000 people who are engaged in covert and clandestine activities that range from spying to stealing technology to terrorist bombings and assassination, according to a Pentagon report." SNIPPET: "“MOIS provides financial, material, technological, or other support services to Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), all designated terrorist organizations under U.S. Executive Order 13224,” the report said. The spy service operates in all areas where Iran has interests, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Central Asia, Africa, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, France,...
  • Iran 'in Latin America Terror Plot' - Argentina Prosecutor

    05/30/2013 2:21:47 AM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    BBC.co.uk - News ^ | 29 May 2013 Last updated at 18:31 ET | n/a
    SNIPPET: "An Argentine prosecutor has accused Iran of trying to infiltrate countries in Latin America to sponsor and carry out "terrorist activities". Alberto Nisman said Iran was attempting to set up intelligence-gathering stations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and other countries in the region. Mr Nisman is investigating a bomb attack that killed 85 people in a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires in 1994." SNIPPET: ""I legally accuse Iran of infiltrating several South American countries to install intelligence stations - in other words espionage bases - destined to commit, encourage and sponsor terror attacks like the one that took place against...
  • Same sex couples constitute family: Colombian Constitutional Court

    03/11/2013 8:45:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Colombia Reports ^ | Monday, 11 March 2013 13:43 | Benjy Hansen-Bundy
    The Colombian Constitutional Court on Monday reasserted its support for gay rights in response to a reactionary appeal raised by the Inspector General. In May of 2012, Colombia’s inspector general sought to annul the court’s 2011 decision which established survivor pension rights for couples of the same sex. The court on Monday reasserted the stance it took in 2011, which was that couples of the same sex constitute family before the law. An official ruling on the Inspector General’s appeal has yet to be provided by the court. …
  • Strong but deep quake in Colombia (magnitude 7.0)

    02/09/2013 7:03:36 AM PST · by Moose4 · 9 replies
    AP via abcnews.com ^ | 9 February 2013 | Unattributed
    The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong but deep earthquake has shaken western Colombia. The agency says the quake struck at 9:16 a.m. (1606 GMT) Saturday and had a magnitude of 7.0. it was located about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Pasto. There are no immediate reports of damage.
  • Colombia reaches sustained production of over a million barrels of oil per day

    02/06/2013 7:59:07 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    MercoPress ^ | February 5th, 2013
    Colombia announced that it produced an average of 1.01 million barrels of oil per day in January, marking the first time that average crude output for a month surpassed the one million-barrel mark that the government had set as a target for the country's oil industry. Last month's figure was more than 7% higher than the 944,000 barrels a day produced in January 2012, the Mines and Energy Ministry said in a statement. For all of 2012, average oil output stood at 940,000 barrels of oil per day, which represents a 3.16% increase from 2011. Colombia has seen its oil...
  • 'I think they would rather not know. Wouldn't it be better to have a...successful flight and die...'

    02/01/2013 3:18:12 PM PST · by iowamark · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 2/01/2013
    NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and they might not survive re-entry. The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle was headed home from a 16-day science mission when it broke apart over Texas on February 1, 2003, because of damage to its left wing. Ten years ago, experts at NASA's mission control faced the terrible decision over whether to let the astronauts know that they may die on...
  • Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Linked to [Hezbollah] Drug Trafficker

    10/09/2012 8:06:40 PM PDT · by Milagros · 3 replies
    Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Linked to Drug Trafficker Ayman Joumaa and a Key Hizballah Supporter in South America 6/27/2012 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated four individuals and three entities involved in laundering the proceeds of narcotics trafficking for drug kingpin Ayman Joumaa. Treasury also designated a Colombia-based individual under its terrorism authority, Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, for directing Hizballah’s fundraising activities in the Americas. This individual was previously designated under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his role in narcotics-related money laundering. Today’s designations further expose Ayman Joumaa’s network as...
  • THE BIG STORY: Spain arrests woman with cocaine breast implants

    12/12/2012 11:08:12 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 12/12/12
    MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say they have arrested a Panamanian woman arriving at Barcelona airport with 1.38 kilograms (3 pounds) of cocaine concealed in breast implants. The Interior Ministry said Wednesday that border police noticed fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on her chest as well as pale patches beneath her skin.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Secret Service director suspected of lying to Congress about prostitution scandal

    10/16/2012 3:40:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 16, 2012 | Jana Winter
    An investigation for the agency that oversees the U.S. Secret Service suggests Director Mark Sullivan lied during his congressional testimony in the Colombia prostitution scandal that ensnared 13 of his agents, multiple law enforcement officials and congressional sources tell FoxNews.com. Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) have completed their investigative report, which will be referred to the Department of Justice along with a memorandum of activity that lists potential criminal actions. The report indicates Sullivan may have obstructed Congress by lying about the criminal associations of prostitutes involved in the scandal. The report...
  • OBAMA’S COLLEGE CLASSMATE: ‘THE OBAMA SCANDAL IS AT COLUMBIA’

    10/09/2012 2:18:49 PM PDT · by yank in the UK · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Wayne Allyn Root
    I am President Obama’s classmate at Columbia University, Class of ’83. I am also one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators. Accurate enough that I was awarded my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. And I smell something rotten in Denmark. Obama has a big skeleton in his closet. It’s his college records. Call it “gut instinct” but my gut is almost always right. Obama has a secret hidden at Columbia- and it’s a bad one that threatens to bring down his presidency. Gut instinct is how I’ve made my living for 29 years since...
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • White House staff involved in Cartagena brothel scandal?

    09/20/2012 6:28:37 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 20, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Will the Cartagena brothel case make an unwelcome reappearance in the middle of Barack Obama’s re-election efforts? That’s what sources from law enforcement and Capitol Hill told Fox News yesterday, saying that an upcoming report on the Secret Service scandal will also name two White House staffers as suspects: "Federal law enforcement personnel and a congressional committee are anxiously awaiting an overdue inspector general’s report that they believe may reveal the involvement of two White House advance team members in the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia earlier this year." more at link-
  • Mexico to follow Colombia's lead on drug control

    09/18/2012 11:12:05 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    Columbia Reports ^ | September 18, 2012 | Simon Willis
    The Mexican government will aim to follow the lead of Colombia in the fight against drug trafficking, according to the country's elected president. Enrique Peña Nieto, who met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday, will take office in Mexico on December 1 and he has already revealed his desire to learn from Colombia’s strategy on drug control. Several drug cartels are currently in the midst of a fierce fight for power in Mexico, leading to continued violence which has allegedly left at least 55,000 people dead in six years. Peña Nieto will succeed current Mexican President Felipe Calderon...
  • 'Fast and Furious' guns ended up in Colombia

    09/10/2012 10:54:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Columbia News ^ | 9/10/12 | Adriaan Alsema
    U.S. weapons that were exported to Mexico as part of the controversial "Fast and Furious" program ended up in the hands of Colombia crime syndicate Oficina de Envigado, reported newspaper El Tiempo Monday. According to the newspaper, investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have established that some of the weapons found during the arrest of Oficina boss "Sebastian" were part of the thousands of arms lost in the Fast and Furious program. "Two rifles that were seized in February with "Frank," the brother of Sebastian also are part of the tracking operations of the ATF,...
  • “Cocaine godmother” Griselda Blanco gunned down in Colombia

    09/04/2012 7:25:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 3, 2012 | DAVID OVALLE
    Griselda Blanco, the drug kingpin known for her blood-soaked style of street vengeance during Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” era of the ’70s and ’80s, was shot to death in Medellin by a motorcycle-riding assassin Monday.
  • US seizes $150m 'linked to Hezbollah money-laundering'

    08/20/2012 7:37:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/20/12 | BBC
    The US authorities say they have seized $150m (£95m) from a bank allegedly linked to a money-laundering scheme of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Last year, US officials accused the Lebanese Canadian Bank (LCB) of helping the group launder profits from drug trafficking and other crimes. The funds were allegedly used to ship cars from the US to West Africa, with the proceeds smuggled back to Lebanon. The US classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation. "As we alleged last year, the Lebanese Canadian Bank played a key role in facilitating money laundering for Hezbollah-controlled organisations across the globe," the head...
  • Former GM Workers (in Colombia) Sew Mouths Shut to Protest Work Conditions

    08/17/2012 2:39:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/16/12
    Former GM Workers Sew Mouths Shut to Protest Work ConditionsPublished August 16, 2012 Fox News Latino Disabled workers from General Motors in Colombia have gone on a hunger strike and sewn their mouth shut with threads. The workers, who say they were injured on the job and then fired, want GM to give them other jobs. The workers, who’ve been camping out in front of the United States embassy in Bogotá for three weeks, say if they don’t get another job, they will die. “I have terrible pains in my stomach, my lips are swollen and sore, and I am...
  • Man (Colombian) enters guilty plea for attempted abduction in Roanoke

    07/13/2012 6:02:59 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | July 13, 2012 | Neil Harvey
    The plea agreement drops robbery and battery charges against the man, who was to be released. A man who grabbed a stranger in downtown Roanoke in March pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted abduction. Mauricio Ramirez-Diaz, 22, initially had been charged with assault and battery and attempted robbery, but in June a Roanoke grand jury added abduction with attempt to defile and misdemeanor sexual battery to the counts against him. Through a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the robbery and battery charges and amended the abduction charge to a lesser felony. Ramirez-Diaz, who had been held since March, was given a two-year...
  • Obama Crew's Colombian Hotels & Vehicles -- Without Hookers -- Costs a Million

    05/08/2012 6:04:11 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | May 8, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Excluding the cost of Colombian prostitutes for U.S. Secret Service agents, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has discovered that hotel rooms and rental vehicles alone for President Obama's scandal-plagued trip to Colombia cost taxpayers nearly $1 million. Slated for inclusion in the presidential entourage had been "the Secretary of State, several other Cabinet members, and at least one CODEL," or congressional delegation, according to U.S. Department of State planning documents that the Monitor has obtained. The trip called for the rental of 1,046 hotel rooms at 13 separate establishments in Cartegena, Colombia, where the sixth annual Summit of the Americas...
  • Secret Service Escort Says US Agents 'Showed No Respect' (Picture of a new ho)

    05/04/2012 9:27:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2012 | Christine Romo and Brian Ross
    One of the Colombian escorts at the center of the Secret Service scandal emerged from hiding today, recounting in detail her night in Cartagena with a member of President Obama's protective detail and saying she fears for her safety. Dania Suarez, a 24-year old dark-haired beauty, appeared on a call-in show carried by Colombia's W Radio and Carocol Television Friday morning, telling callers the agent was "heavily intoxicated" and everything in his luggage and his papers was left open in his room and could have been easily stolen.
  • What the Secret Service Could Learn from Drunken Sailors (The Curse of the Unpaid Prostitute)

    04/29/2012 4:56:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 26 | Roberto Loiederman
    What the Secret Service could learn from drunken sailors Roberto Loiederman, a merchant seaman from 1966 to 1974, is a writer in California. He co-authored “The Eagle Mutiny,” an account of the 1970 mutiny on a U.S. vessel. What happened in Cartagena, Colombia, with the Secret Service seems unsavory to me, but not for the reasons you might think. I make no judgments about men spending a night with escorts. As far as I’m concerned, those who take a holier-than-thou attitude about this are like Inspector Renault in “Casablanca” when he says he’s “shocked, shocked” to discover there is gambling...
  • Today’s new Secret Service El Salvador strip club revelations show why Obama picked Napolitano

    04/26/2012 8:50:58 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 38 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | April 26, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    It was easy to see this coming. When the news about Secret Service agents hooking up with prostitutes in Columbia first broke we were told there were 11 men (some reports had it at 12) being investigated. Immediately we heard six were kicked out leaving; five “still under investigation.” In this case “under investigation” meant being squeezed to see if they would break and roll on their partners. Three decided to clam up and take whatever was coming instead of turning on their teammates. That left two. Any good cop knows why those two weren’t immediately fired. They handed up...
  • White House Communications Agency Under Investigation in Colombia Prostitution Scandal

    04/23/2012 9:40:59 AM PDT · by kristinn · 12 replies
    NextGov ^ | Monday, April 23, 2012 | Bob Brewin
    The investigation into the Colombia prostitution scandal has broadened to include the White House Communications Agency, Nextgov has learned. Laura Williams, a spokeswoman for the Defense Information Systems Agency, which manages the White House office that provides the president with secure communications, confirmed that one individual from WHCA is under investigation, but could not provide any more details at this time.
  • Secret Service Colombian Hooker Prostitute Brought to Light By Paula Reid, South American Chief....

    04/22/2012 11:56:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    hinterlandgazette.com ^ | April 22, 2012 | Janet Shan
    Secret Service Colombian Hooker Prostitute Brought to Light By Paula Reid, South American Chief & Rising Black Star in AgencyThe Secret Service officer responsible for the recall of 11 agents in a dispute with Colombian prostitutes over payment to Dania Suarez, has been revealed as Paula Reid, a rising black star in the agency. She recently became the head of the agency’s Miami office after 21 years on the force. Ms. Reid uncovered the scandal and alerted her superiors about the “egregious behavior” of the agents. Paula Reid was in Cartagena ahead of President Obama’s trip, laying the groundwork for...
  • Senator demands WH staff investigation: Prostitutes ...ubderage?....(Title reworked)

    04/22/2012 6:25:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Dailymail ^ | UPDATED: 16:11 EST, 21 April 2012
    f Six Secret Service agents quit the force over scandalPresident personally briefed on state of the investigationColombian prostitute at the hear of affair has gone into hidingSays she was eventually paid $225 for the eveningClaims to fear retaliation by the U.S. government The prostitutes involved in the Secret Service scandal that cost six agents their jobs may have been underage, according to a new report.A Colombian government official told a newspaper group that investigators from the Colombian attorney general’s office have questioned employees of the hotel in question, and the taxi driver who drove home the woman who triggered the...
  • Under Sandra Fluke's Logic, Secret Service Agents' Condoms Should Be Reimbursable

    04/22/2012 5:54:59 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 21 replies
    Free Republic -- Vanity (American In Tokyo) ^ | 23 April 2012 | AmericanInTokyo
    Ms. Sandra Fluke is attached to an organization with high moral values, that places an emphasis on ethics, honesty and integrity. There is in fact not only a student code at Georgetown University, there also an ETHOS CODE , and there is also the history, tradition and mission statement of the Catholic university guiding certain behaviors (both on and off campus as stated and each student is to be aware of this).It is this very essence and aspect of core institutional values which "15-Minutes-of-Fame Sandra" very publicly whined about, mocked and assailed on national TV and also asserted that the...
  • Palin Responds To Secret Service Agent: "Check This Out, Bodyguard -- You're Fired" (video)

    04/19/2012 8:01:36 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 54 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 19, 2012 | Ian Schwartz
    Sarah Palin joined FOX News tonight to discuss the Secret Service prostitution scandal as well as the GSA spending scandal. Palin also reacted to news that broke this afternoon about another Secret Service scandal, this time involving her. "Well check this out, bodyguard -- you're fired. And I hope his wife sends him to the doghouse. As long as he's not eating the dog, along with his former boss. Greta, you know, a lot of people will just, I guess say that this is boys being boys. And boys will be boys, but they shouldn't be in positions of authority."
  • Coulter: Obama’s silver spoon was ‘an affirmative action silver spoon’

    04/20/2012 7:26:30 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/20/2012 | Jeff Poor
    Conservative commentator Ann Coulter told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday that Democratic attempts to highlight presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s wealth are not only unfair, but likely to backfire. Earlier this week, President Barack Obama said that he and his wife Michelle were not born with a “silver spoon” in their mouths, a comment which was widely considered to be a jab at Romney, the son of a successful CEO. Although Obama’s spokesman Jay Carney denied that was the case, the Democratic Party has been attacking the former Massachusetts governor in an effort to paint him as out-of-touch...
  • Sarah Palin Responds to Fired Secret Service Agent Who “Checked Her Out”

    04/20/2012 7:14:24 AM PDT · by radioone · 57 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4-20-12 | Jim Hoft
    The Secret Service this week fired supervisors David Chaney and Greg Stokes following the incident immediately preceding President Barack Obama’s trip to Colombia for the Summit of the Americas. One of the agents, David Chaney, joked on Facebook that he checked out former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin while on assignment during the 2008 campaign. On his Facebook page, former Secret Service agent David Chaney admitted checking out former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign. (CNN)
  • White House fires back on Sarah Palin’s Secret Service criticism

    04/20/2012 12:27:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 48 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 20, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    Sarah Palin's charge that the Secret Service prostitute scandal highlighted President Barack Obama's "poor management skills" drew a sharp rebuke Friday from the White House, where chief spokesman Jay Carney dubbed it absurd and politically motivated. "It is preposterous to politicize the Secret Service," Carney told reporters at his daily briefing. Palin and Republican Senator Jeff Sessions have in recent days charged that the scandal, coupled to the outrage over the General Services Administration's lavish spending on a convention in Las Vegas, reflect poorly on Obama. Those two controversies, as well as the tragic mass slaying of Afghan civilians, allegedly...