April 5, 2010
If Colombian voters could have their way in next month's election, Alvaro Uribe would return to the Casa de Narino -- the presidential palace -- on the strength of his 70% approval rating. But the country's Constitutional Court determined that he could not seek a third consecutive term, and in weeks will come the end of an era. Most of the contenders to replace Uribe, including the front-runner, former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos, promise to maintain his hard-line approach to battling the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
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.
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)
February 22, 2009 |
They look like hamsters on growth hormones, bark like dogs and swim as fast as otters -- all reasons why chiguiros, the world's largest rodents, are an object of unending fascination for zoologists and wildlife enthusiasts. But ranchers here in northeastern Colombia fail to see the attraction. They claim that the rodents, which stand knee-high to humans and weigh as much as 120 pounds, consume valuable pasture, foul drinking water and spook their horses and cows.
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.
August 9, 2009 |
President Hugo Chavez on Saturday announced the return of his ambassador to Colombia, but said Venezuela still intended to take a stand against negotiations to lease seven Colombian military bases to the U.S. Chavez told Ambassador Gustavo Marquez to return to Bogota, the Colombian capital, 11 days after the diplomat was recalled. He also reiterated concerns that the U.S. could use bases in Colombia to destabilize the region. "We're not telling Colombia what it has to do with its territory," Chavez said from Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, in an interview with Colombia's RCN television.
December 23, 2009 |
Caqueta state Gov. Luis Francisco Cuellar was found dead Tuesday, Colombian authorities said, less than a day after he was abducted from his home by suspected leftist guerrillas. Cuellar's body was found near Florencia, the state capital where he lived, authorities said. President Alvaro Uribe later said on national television that Cuellar's throat had been cut as the assailants fled from security forces. His body was found by a rural road, said Uribe, who promised to press the fight against rebel violence.