November 3, 2003 |
Luis Eduardo Garzon is hardly part of Colombia's ruling elite. He doesn't own a tie, he didn't finish college, and he hangs out in sweaty salsa clubs. But after a turbulent electoral weekend, he has streaked into the stratosphere -- a former golf caddie turned shining star of Colombia's emergent left-wing political force. Portly and unpretentious, Garzon won 47% of the vote in municipal elections Oct. 26 to become mayor-elect of the bustling capital, Bogota.
October 28, 2006 |
A decade ago, the Bosa slum was the black hole of Bogota. Its darkest corner was Laurel Park, a grassless, trash-strewn lot with open sewage and gun-toting gangs bent on muggings and murder. Today, Bosa has paved streets, new schools, health clinics and cafeterias, and links to a new mass transit system. Laurel Park has been rechristened Park of the Arts and is alive with children at play and free theater, fashion shows and concerts.
October 20, 2006 |
A car bomb left by a person in military uniform exploded in the parking lot of a military university in Bogota, the capital, wounding at least 23 people, the defense minister said. The blast occurred at Nueva Granada Military University, which was hosting an event attended by foreign dignitaries and the army's commander, Gen. Mario Montoya. Vice President Francisco Santos blamed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the country's largest leftist rebel group.
December 6, 2001 |
An act of bravery took a tragic turn in Colombia when authorities discovered the body of a 25-year-old woman who had exchanged herself for her kidnapped father. The army said Wednesday that officials have found the body of Melina Pereira, who had been held since April by kidnappers identifying themselves as members of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. She was shot three times in the back at close range, military officials said.
September 30, 2005 |
She was a young woman with a message, and she wanted the whole city to hear it. So on a recent afternoon, she marched over to one of Bogota's busiest street corners, stood before a flimsy-looking cardboard kiosk, punched a green button and addressed the video camera that whirred to life. "To all publicists: I've had it up to here with seeing butts and breasts. There are more intelligent ways to market a product," she said, her voice full of exasperation.
May 14, 2013 |
CARACAS, Venezuela - The sale of Globovision, Venezuela's last major television station critical of the government, raised concern Tuesday that no mass media platform may remain on which to challenge the Chavista administration of President Nicolas Maduro. The sale of the station for an undisclosed price by an ownership group led by Guillermo Zuloaga, now self-exiled in Miami, was completed Monday night, according to a statement the broadcaster posted on its website. Zuloaga had said mounting government fines and political harassment had left him with no choice but to sell.