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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.
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 | Associated Press
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.
June 23, 2010
It's no surprise that voters in Colombia chose a tough former defense minister to succeed outgoing President Alvaro Uribe, who is leaving office after two terms. A resounding 69% of those who cast ballots opted for continuity, replacing Uribe, who made serious headway against the leftist guerrillas seeking to overthrow the government, with the man who helped him do it, Juan Manuel Santos. Santos' military's successes against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia included a daring operation in which rebels were duped into freeing high-profile hostages, and a cross-border raid into Ecuador in which the FARC's No. 2 was killed.
April 25, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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 | By Chris Kraul
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 | By The Times editorial board
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 9, 2010 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
– 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.
May 12, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
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.
February 22, 2009 | Chris Kraul
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.
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