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July 6, 2012 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
MEDELLIN, Colombia - The actor's comb-over, the mincing walk, the flat speech cadence and murderous, reptilian glare are all too reminiscent of one of the most powerful criminals who lived. The large number of Colombian eyeballs glued to a new prime-time telenovela about the life and times of Pablo Escobar, highlighted by actor Andrés Parra's bravura performance, shows that the late drug narco still fascinates more than 18 years after he died on a Medellin rooftop in a shoot-out with police.
A top government official Sunday credited a new willingness by Colombians to inform on the drug lords and the extradition to the United States of a second-level trafficker more than a month ago with setting the stage for the killing Friday of a leading member of the Medellin cocaine cartel.
November 18, 2009 | Chris Kraul, Kraul is a special correspondent.
Reacting to a deal that gives the Pentagon use of seven bases in Colombia for flights to combat drug trafficking and insurgency, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said this month that his country should prepare for war with its neighbor. It was only the latest belligerent statement directed at his Colombian counterpart, Alvaro Uribe. Should Chavez be taken seriously? Yes, says Maruja Tarre, former international relations professor with a degree from Harvard Kennedy School and now a Caracas-based consultant to multinational firms.
February 1, 1987 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
A rampage of murder and intimidation by drug bosses who are some of the world's richest terrorists is raging out of control here. Cocaine kingpins with a long reach, long memories and unlimited resources mock a counterattack by the bleeding Colombian government. There is little to show for a five-year, $70-million U.S. anti-drug program, and open disbelief among beleaguered Colombian officials at the seriousness of the Reagan Administration's commitment to its proclaimed war on drugs.
October 17, 1999 | Associated Press
After months of delays, the government and leftist rebels will begin peace talks next weekend in hopes of ending Colombia's 35-year civil conflict, the two sides said Saturday. The talks will begin Oct. 24 in Uribe, one of five southern towns that have lived under open rebel rule since President Andres Pastrana cleared out his troops before the ceremonial inauguration of the peace process in January.
May 2, 2003 | Rachel Van Dongen, Special to The Times
For 19-year-old Dumar Alexander, joining the army was a matter of personal honor. A resident of this isolated town perched in the green mountains of violent southwest Colombia, Alexander knows what war means. Three years ago, the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish initials as FARC, arrived and snatched his 14-year-old brother into its ranks. Nobody in the family has heard from him since.
Police fatally shot the chief of the Medellin cocaine cartel's terrorist squads Wednesday, crushing one of the last, most formidable shields protecting Pablo Escobar, the drug ring's fugitive leader. Brance Munoz Mosquera--who was 33 and was nicknamed Tyson because of his resemblance to American boxer Mike Tyson--was Escobar's closest associate still at large.
March 6, 2010 | By Chris Kraul
Colombia may no longer lead the world in land mine victims, but the explosives placed by antigovernment rebels are still sowing tragedy, especially among the poor peasants and ex-combatants recruited to manually eradicate coca plants. The pain is especially acute in this small coffee-growing town in western Colombia, where recruiters for the eradication teams have focused their efforts. Ten local men have been killed and 30 wounded by mines since the program started in 2005. That's 7% of the 547 residents who signed up, according to city officials.
October 27, 2003 | Mauricio Hoyos and T. Christian Miller, Special to The Times
President Alvaro Uribe suffered a surprising double blow in two days of balloting that ended Sunday as Colombian voters rejected most elements of a government reform package he had promoted and chose one of his political enemies as mayor of the nation's capital. Uribe, America's closest political ally in South America, had made the package of 15 constitutional reforms the centerpiece of his agenda, introducing it to Congress the day he took office last year.
February 24, 2007 | William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writer
THE official end of the notorious Cali cocaine cartel came late last year here with little more commotion than the rap of a judge's gavel. The Colombian drug lords Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, 63, and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 67, entered guilty pleas and were ushered off to federal prison for the next 30 years -- no Miami Vice-like dramatics, no bodies riddled with gunfire in the manner of Medellin rival Pablo Escobar.
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