CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2000
Re "Colombia Is No Vietnam, U.S. Says," Aug. 31: The Clinton administration claims its $1.3-billion intervention in Colombia is not another Vietnam, but in fact it is. Only substitute "the war on drugs" for "anti-communism" as the justifying cause--another religious battle that is pursued despite the facts of the matter. The biggest religious mania of our times, however, is the worship of energy. Industrial nations rely on fossil fuels that pollute our air and water to the point of changing the weather.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2000
"If the United States wants peace in Colombia," said your May 18 editorial, "it will have to send arms and other equipment." Does the irony of this prescription fail to register at The Times? Your editorial observed that the Colombian revolutionaries (FARC) are perhaps the only self-sustaining insurgency in the world. That is, FARC makes "more than $1 million a day from its criminal enterprises." You can bet that at least 90% of that money is drug-related. If the U.S sends guns, the affluent FARC will buy counter-guns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2000
This is Colombia, in all its maniacal tragedy. In the town of Chiquinquira, northeast of Bogota, leftist terrorists clamped a bomb with a timer around the neck of a woman dairy farmer and demanded $7,500. The family could not come up with the money. For hours an army demolition expert worked to remove the bomb; at midafternoon it exploded, blowing off the woman's head and mortally wounding the soldier as well. This is what the war in Colombia is largely about--violence, intimidation and power.
June 20, 2009 |
Colombia's coca crop shrank by nearly 20% last year while cultivation rose for a third straight year in Peru and Bolivia, the world's two other coca-producing nations, the United Nations said Friday. The U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime said the 18% reduction in Colombia, the world's top cocaine producer, from 2007 was owed in part to record manual eradication of 371 square miles of the bush, the leaves of which are used to produce cocaine.
April 25, 2010 |
A proposal to build a container port in a pristine bay on Colombia's coast frequented by humpback whales has raised an outcry among environmentalists who say the project would put the giant mammals at risk. Malaga Bay is one of the whales' primary northern stops on their long migratory journey from the Antarctic to as far as Costa Rica. The bay's relative isolation and natural conditions make it an appealing place for the animals to mate and give birth. As many as 1,000 humpbacks are believed to arrive there from June to August.
August 6, 2013 |
BOGOTA -- Colombia's foreign ministry on Tuesday said it had received no response from Nicaragua to its protest last week Nicaragua of the Central American country's plan to auction off dozens of offshore oil exploration blocks in disputed Caribbean waters. Last Wednesday, Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin wrote to Nicaragua that Colombia would “not accept nor permit” oil exploration in the disputed parts of a 7,000-square-mile area in the southwestern Caribbean. The update came after Colombian President Jose Manuel Santos on Monday told a Bogota radio station that his government would soon disclose its strategy to maintain control of Caribbean marine territory that the International Court of Justice last year ruled belonged to Nicaragua.
November 13, 2013 |
A tentative deal reached this month between Colombia's largest rebel group and President Juan Manuel Santos' government could finally lead to an end to the country's bloody, decades-long conflict. The agreement establishes a basic framework under which the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia will be allowed to participate in the country's political life. It includes security guarantees for participants in any new political parties that may emerge, and it authorizes the creation of temporary special congressional seats for parties in areas where the conflict has been the most intense (and where the FARC tends to be strongest)
May 12, 2010 |
Brazil and its huge offshore oil finds may be getting much of the oil world's attention these days, but Latin America's energy scene has another rising star: Colombia. In the latest upward revision of the nation's production targets, a top official of state-controlled oil company Ecopetrol said Monday that Colombia's crude oil output should reach at least 1.2 million barrels a day by the end of 2012, nearly double the average daily production reached last year. The ramping up of crude production would strengthen the country's status as the region's fourth-largest oil producer and probably lead to increased Colombian exports to the U.S., analysts said.
June 13, 2013 |
CALI, Colombia - Ask Ana Julia Torres how many children she has, and she'll say 652: two human offspring plus the hundreds of tigers, lions, mules, snakes, monkeys and other species residing at her refuge north of here. The creatures have typically been seized from or cast off by narcos, circuses, animal traffickers and bored collectors. Her reference to the "children" inhabiting her 8-acre private facility, named Villa Lorena after her daughter, reflects her deep love for the animals.
May 9, 2010 |
– Over the last two or three years, a steady buzz has been building in architecture and design circles about developments in this city of 3.5 million, which through much of the 1980s and 1990s was infamous for its sky-high murder rate and viciously competitive drug cartels, including a particularly violent one led by Pablo Escobar. Architects and urban planners who traveled to Medellín seemed to return telling some version of the same enthusiastic story about the renaissance taking place in Colombia's second-largest city, which has been driven in large part by investment in ambitious civic architecture.