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  • Polynesians, Native Americans made contact before European arrival, genetic study finds

    07/08/2020 9:31:46 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 49 replies ^ | July 8, 2020 | Stanford University Medical Center
    Through deep genetic analyses, Stanford Medicine scientists and their collaborators have found conclusive scientific evidence of contact between ancient Polynesians and Native Americans from the region that is now Colombia—something that's been hotly contested in the historic and archaeological world for decades. (snip) Before the study brought scientific evidence to the debate, the idea that Native Americans and Polynesians had crossed paths originated from a complex—both in its structure and origins—carbohydrate: the sweet potato. It turns out the sweet potato, which was originally domesticated in South and Central America, has also been known to grow in one other place prior...
  • Alan García, Ex-President of Peru, Is Dead After Shooting Himself During Arrest

    04/17/2019 10:07:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-17-2019 | Andrea Zarate and Nicholas Casey
    LIMA, Peru — A former president of Peru died on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head when the authorities tried to arrest him in connection with one of the biggest corruption scandals in Latin American history. A personal secretary for the former president, Alan García, 69, confirmed his death. The secretary, Ricardo Pineda, also told a Peruvian radio station that as the authorities arrived at the former president’s home with an arrest warrant, he locked himself into his bedroom, shot himself and was rushed to a hospital. The charges relate to Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction giant, which last year...
  • Head of Columbia's First Amendment Institute Backs Censoring Conservatives

    05/30/2020 2:59:17 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 9 replies
    frontpagemag ^ | May 28, 2020 | Daniel Greenfield
    The reaction by old-time liberal civil liberties institutions to Big Tech monopolies censoring conservatives has been, "Faster, Please." That's because they've become lefty facades with zero interests in their own founding missions. Here's the Knight First Amendment Institute. “This order is an effort to intimidate technology companies from using tools that are indispensable to protecting the integrity of public discourse online,” Jameel Jaffer, executive director at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said in a statement. Parts of Trump’s proposed order “raise additional constitutional concerns, since they seem to contemplate that the government will investigate and punish internet...
  • Woman killed by alligator while doing homeowner's nails

    05/06/2020 7:12:13 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 91 replies
    ABC (WBRZ 2) News ^ | May 5, 2020 | WBRZ Staff
    COLUMBIA, SC- Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, many have resorted to at-home salon services as non-essential businesses have closed. A woman in South Carolina was attacked and killed by an alligator in a gated community while attempting to do the homeowner's nails on Friday. Authorities say 58-year-old Cynthia Covert was trying to touch the alligator when it grabbed her. She was able to briefly get out of the animal's grip and stood waist-deep in the Kiawah Island pond. She told the homeowner, "I guess I won't do this again," but the alligator grabbed her in its jaws again and took her...
  • Ex-Green Beret claims he led foiled raid into Venezuela

    05/03/2020 9:48:55 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 05 04 2020 | JOSHUA GOODMAN and SCOTT SMITH
    A former Green Beret has taken responsibility for what he claimed was a failed attack Sunday aimed at overthrowing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and that the socialist government said ended with eight dead. Jordan Goudreau’s comments in an interview with an exiled Venezuelan journalist capped a bizarre day that started with reports of a pre-dawn amphibious raid near the South American country’s heavily guarded capital. An AP investigation published Friday found that Goudreau had been working with a retired Venezuelan army general now facing U.S. narcotics charges to train dozens of deserting Venezuelan soldiers at secret camps inside neighboring Colombia....
  • Armed Conflict Between Venezuela and Colombia Is Now a Real and Terrifying Possibility

    09/14/2019 12:30:21 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/12/2019 | Francisco Toro
    BOGOTA, Colombia — Thinking up ways our all-encompassing crisis could get even worse has become a grimly popular parlor game for Venezuelans. For years, the go-to worst-case scenario was civil war between the political factions in our country. These days, an even scarier prospect has begun to displace that in the pantheon of Venezuelan nightmares: armed conflict with Colombia. The reason? Venezuela’s increasingly tight alliance with the drug-running guerrilla armies waging war on the Colombian state, which has rattled Bogota so hard it’s now seeking a hemispheric response. On Wednesday, Colombia, the United States and nine other countries invoked the...
  • Venezuelan government says it stopped ‘invasion’ launched from Colombia

    05/03/2020 9:55:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 3 at 8:15 PM | Ana Vanessa Herrero and
    The operation involved at least three boats, though only one was captured. One of its commanders sent audio recordings to Venezuelan military and police WhatsApp groups, calling for troops to rebel and take to the streets. Alemán, a Venezuelan lawmaker now living outside the country, said Sunday he had been involved in Alcalá’s operation in Colombia since last year. He said the group had to “make some adjustments” after a shipment of weapons destined for the camps was seized by Colombian authorities in March. Alemán said the plan was for the boats to land at La Guaira, home to Venezuela’s...
  • More than 100 cars join protest against governor’s closure of non-essential businesses (Columbia, SC)

    04/26/2020 9:55:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    WISTV ^ | 4/25/20 | Jason Raven
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The sound of car horns roared in downtown Columbia for about an hour and a half Friday afternoon Protesters wanting to see the state 're-open' held demonstrations on the grounds of the State House and circled around it. Organizers said more than 100 cars joined them for the “Drive to Thrive” event. Tom Trammell, an unemployed hearing aid practitioner, said he created the event with the help of two other people to protest the governor’s “Stay At Home” order and the closure of nonessential businesses. He said they wanted to do this for those in South...
  • Top Abraaj executives arrested on U.S. fraud charges

    04/11/2019 9:25:54 PM PDT · by csvset · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 April 2019 | Brendan Pierson
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The chief executive and a managing partner of the collapsed Dubai private equity firm Abraaj Capital Ltd were arrested on U.S. charges that they defrauded their investors, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a federal prosecutor said on Thursday. Abraaj founder and Chief Executive Arif Naqvi was arrested in the United Kingdom last Friday, while managing partner Mustafa Abdel-Wadood was arrested at a New York hotel on Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Griswold said at a hearing in Manhattan federal court. Abdel-Wadood appeared at the hearing and pleaded not guilty to securities fraud, wire fraud...
  • Alleged Maduro co-conspirator in DEA custody after indictments

    03/27/2020 9:17:35 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 22 replies
    WEAR ^ | 27 March 2020 | JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press
    A retired Venezuelan army general indicted alongside Nicolás Maduro has surrendered in Colombia and is being taken by Drug Enforcement Administration agents to New York for arraignment, four people familiar with the situation said Friday. Cliver Alcalá has been an outspoken critic of Maduro for years. But he was charged Thursday with allegedly running with Maduro, socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello and another retired army general a narcoterrorist conspiracy that U.S. prosecutors say sent 250 metric tons of cocaine a year to the U.S. and turned the Venezuelan state into a platform for violent cartels and Colombia rebels. The Justice...
  • Dear Colleges, Please Let Grades Mean Something

    04/04/2020 9:12:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 4, 2020 | Paulina Enck
    Millions of college students will be closing out the semester from home, with online courses replacing in-person offerings. Due to the abrupt change, many schools are acknowledging the disruption, and associated changes in students’ circumstances, may lead to a decrease in academic performance unrelated to effort or intelligence, and are therefore instituting grading policies that provide appropriate understanding for the bizarre situation. Many universities, including Georgetown, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, have extended the deadline for taking a class pass/fail until either the last day of classes or even a week after report cards are released. However, many student groups are...
  • SC Attorney General sues SC city over 'unconstitutional gun laws'

    01/31/2020 8:03:04 AM PST · by sergeantdave · 18 replies
    Fox Carolina ^ | Jan. 29, 2020 | Dai Kalsi
    COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a lawsuit Wednesday with the state Supreme Court asking the court to strike down numerous ordinances adopted by the city of Columbia concerning guns, according to a news release... (snip) Wilson's office said, since 2015 Columbia has passed ordinances that would allow the city to confiscate firearms from those people who have Extreme Risk Protection Orders against them; banning the possession of firearms within 1000 feet of a public or private school; and prohibiting homemade firearms which have no serial number (known as ghost guns). Wilson believes the...
  • Ex-U.S. soldier, now a double murder suspect, is a hero in Ukraine

    01/02/2020 1:17:14 AM PST · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    Nbc ^ | December 28, 2019 | Kit Ramgopal
    Craig Lang, who is charged with killing a Florida couple in 2018, has become a cause célčbre in the country where he has fought as a mercenary. In the spring of 2015, former U.S. soldier Craig Lang traveled to Ukraine and joined a paramilitary group fighting the Russians. “I never noticed any fear,” said Mamuka Mamulashvili, who commanded Lang in the Georgian Legion. Four years later, Lang is under house arrest in Ukraine. His situation has nothing to do with his conduct inside the eastern European country. Lang is facing charges in the U.S. for allegedly killing a Florida couple...
  • Mayors Ask Trump to Import More Refugees to U.S. for ‘Cultural Diversity’

    12/08/2019 6:36:53 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 82 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/08/19 | John Binder
    Nearly 100 mayors across the United States are begging President Trump to import as many refugees to the country as possible in order to “bring cultural vibrancy and diversity” to American communities.In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month, about 88 mayors — from Denver, Colorado to Columbia, South Carolina — urged Trump to end his latest executive order that gives American communities more veto power over whether they want refugees resettled in their communities.The mayors said that more refugees are needed to bring about “cultural vibrancy and diversity” to their often small towns, though they admit refugees are an initial...
  • Is Colombia a ticking time bomb?

    11/18/2019 3:43:37 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 18 2019 | Hardin Lang and Natacha Weiss
    Next year, the number of Venezuelans fleeing their country will overtake the Syrian exodus. To date, more than 4 million have left. One-third of these refugees and migrants are sheltering in Colombia, which has maintained a very generous open-door policy. However, the strain is beginning to show. We were recently in Colombia, where a senior international official told us, “Colombia is a now a ticking time bomb.” This description may be hyperbole, but the country indeed appears headed towards a tipping point. Such an outcome would exacerbate the regional humanitarian crisis triggered by Venezuela’s collapse. It could also threaten the...
  • Video appears to show Popeyes employee body slamming woman outside restaurant

    11/11/2019 9:48:37 AM PST · by rktman · 78 replies ^ | 11/9/2019 | unknown
    COLUMBIA, Tenn. -- Another incident of violence erupted at a Popeyes with an employee allegedly body-slamming a woman onto the concrete outside a Tennessee restaurant. Video of the alleged incident has gone viral and is now the subject of a police investigation. Witnesses say the attack began after a woman disputed a charge on her bill at the restaurant in Columbia, Tennessee. A heated argument ensued between the customer and several employees, prompting workers to tell the customer to leave the restaurant. Employees claim the woman then used a racial slur. Footage shows the woman walking out of the restaurant,...
  • Read: Michael McKinley deposition transcript in impeachment inquiry

    11/04/2019 9:24:27 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 04 2019 | Staff
    The House committees overseeing the impeachment inquiry into President Trump began releasing transcripts of witness depositions on Monday. Read the transcript of Michael McKinley, a former top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, below. Read McKinley deposition transcript by kballuck1 on Scribd Scribd Link: McKinley deposition transcript (156 pages)/a>
  • ONDCP Recognizes Colombian Amputees for Counternarcotic Efforts

    10/28/2019 2:14:04 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | 10/28/19 | Whitehouse
    Today, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recognized members of Colombia’s military and law enforcement who have been severely wounded in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism.The 15 members of Colombia’s military and law enforcement who were recognized also participated in Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.“The United States and Colombia have a shared commitment to bringing drug traffickers to justice, stopping the production and flow of deadly drugs, and keeping our communities safe. I commend the courage and bravery of each of the individuals who have sacrificed themselves in the...
  • AP interview: Colombian leader warns Venezuela

    09/21/2019 3:25:25 PM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 32 replies
    WRALTV-AP ^ | 9/21/19 | AP
    BOGOTA, COLOMBIA — Colombia's president is comparing Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic and says Venezuela's embattled socialist leader would be making a "stupid" mistake were he to attack. Ivan Duque made the comments in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press before traveling to New York. There, Duque is expected to condemn Maduro before the United Nations General Assembly as an abusive autocrat who is not only responsible for the country's humanitarian catastrophe but is also now a threat to regional stability for his alleged harboring of Colombian rebels.

    09/04/2019 10:46:48 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 108 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | September 4, 2019 | Lloyd Billingsley
    Revelations from George Stephanopoulos, Newsweek, and Columbia grads from Israel.The recent DOJ report on James Comey, the ongoing FISA investigation, and the probe of the Russia-collusion investigators under John Durham are all pointing back to POTUS 44, formerly known as Barry Soetoro. He wanted to know how Peter Strzok and Lisa Page of the FBI’s coup clan were doing. In similar style, designated prevaricator Susan Rice is on record that 44 wanted the counterintelligence operation to be done “by the book.” It didn’t exactly work out that way. As investigators probe what the president knew, and when he knew it,...