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A past dictator's grandson elected mayor of Bogota

By Toby Muse, Associated Press

Monday, October 29, 2007

BOGOTA, Colombia — The leftist grandson of a 1950s dictator was elected Sunday as mayor of Bogota, considered Colombia's second-most powerful elected office, in regional and local voting that was largely free of violence.

Making “Disposables” `Angels of the House’

By Judi McLeod, Canada Free Press

Thursday, October 25, 2007

It’s the flicker of hope that comes from seeing a hungry child eating a bowl of soup that keeps Diana Sanchez going on her longest days. It’s a never-give-up kind of hope that the soup kettle will be full enough to feed all of the children who find their way to Fundacion Mundial tomorrow, and as on many days as possible after that.

Fundacion Mundial is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that got up and running with the help of hundreds of neighours in April of 2004. Too busy feeding hungry mouths on a daily basis, Sanchez is now counting on Canada Free Press’ partners at the Bogotá.Free Planet to get the word out that it is only the kindness of people that can keep the organization going.

Colombian local elections go through amid accidental death, arrests, power cut

Monday, October 29, 2007

BOGOTA, (Xinhua) -- Colombians on Sunday voted in regional elections which the authorities said were generally peaceful, despite the accidental death of one candidate, the arrest of dozens of people for voting irregularities and a rebel attack on power pylons that left four towns without electricity.

Colombia Says Top Guerilla Leader, 18 More Killed

Friday, October 26, 2007

BOGOTA- (Reuters) Colombian troops backed by war planes have killed a top guerrilla commander in an assault on his jungle camp, delivering another serious blow to the country's largest rebel group, authorities said on Thursday.

Colombian Defense Minister urges FARC to disarm

Friday, October 26, 2007

BOGOTA, (Xinhua) -- Colombian Defense Minister Thursday called on the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to lay down weapons and stop confrontations with the government.

Colombian Couple Deported; Sons Can Stay

Friday, October 26, 2007

MIAMI -- A Colombian couple who fled their home country in 1990 and overstayed their visas by more than a decade are being deported despite the attention their family's case has received.

Canada in the News

Khadr matriarch to “break silence” on Canadian television tonight

By Judi McLeod, Canada Free Press

Monday, October 29, 2007

It will be painful news for Tabitha Speer today when she learns that the man charged with killing her husband, in the words of his mother “never killed anybody”.

Toronto-born Omar Khadr, the only western citizen detained by the U.S. military in Guantanamo prison, was charged with killing Sergeant 1st Class Christopher J. Speer in Afghanistan in 2002. The same grenade Khadr allegedly lobbed during the firefight that cost medic Speer his life, blinded Sgt. 1st Class and Special Forces Engineer Layne Morris in his right eye.

Colombia's Newest Park Protects Rare Wildlife, Indigenous Peoples

Sunday, September 2, 2007

BOGOTA, Colombia (ENS) - The government of Colombia has created a new national park for the protection of one of the greatest areas of biodiversity in the country, inhabited by such rare and endangered animals as the Andean bear, jaguar, puma and tapir.

Business, Colombia

Colombia, Mexico and Peru: Latin America Bond, Currency Preview

By Lydia Thew

Monday, October 29, 2007

(Bloomberg) -- The following events and economic reports may influence trading in Latin American local bonds and currencies today. Bond yields and exchange rates are from the Oct. 26 session.

Brazil, Colombia, Mexico: Latin America Bond, Currency Preview

By Lydia Thew

Friday, October 26, 2007

(Bloomberg) -- The following events and economic reports may influence trading in Latin American local bonds and currencies today. Bond yields and exchange rates are from the previous day's session.

Feature Articles

Life in a FARC Camp

By Garry Leech, Colombia Journal

Friday, October 5, 2007

We met two female members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) at the pre-established rendezvous point deep in the Colombian jungle. There we waited in a simple two-room wooden shack, which served as the home of a local peasant family. We sat there talking and drinking coffee while one of the guerrillas stood on the riverbank communicating through a hand-held radio. Finally, having received the all clear, which meant that there were no army patrols on the river, the four of us climbed into a canoe for the next stage of our journey. It had taken Terry Gibbs and myself more than two days to reach that point and we still had a short river trip and a hike through the jungle before we would finally arrive at the FARC camp that was our destination.

Sports, Colombia

Colombia's Millonarios upsets Sao Paulo 2-0 to advance to semis

The Associated Press

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

BOGOTA, Colombia: Ricardo Ciciliano scored twice as Millonarios of Colombia upset Brazilian champion Sao Paolo 2-0 Wednesday to advance to the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana.

Travel, Colombia

Cartagena: Colombia's magical city rebounds

By Jayne Clark, USA TODAY

Friday, October 12, 2007

CARTAGENA, Colombia — The fisherman serving the crab he just plucked from the sea for a couple of beachfront customers is relating a tale that in any other setting would be dismissed as just another big fish story.

His cousin, he says, was swallowed whole by a giant, toothless fish. To illustrate, he makes a slurping sound with such solemn intensity that for an instant, the story seems believable.

Proud of cultural and intellectual tradition

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Anyone who has kept up with the news knows that Colombia is a perpetual cycle of unrest and violence. Drug running, guerrilla warfare, right-wing death squads, kidnappings, and devastating earthquakes plague this midsize South American country, and bombings, once only seen in the countryside, now rock major cities such as Bogotá. But Colombia is a bewildering paradox, and bad news is just one part of the story.

A Drug-Runners’ Stronghold Finds a New Life

By Grace Bastidas

Saturday, August 11, 2007, Paul Smith for The New York Times

IT was Thursday evening in MedellĖn and the open-air bars and cafes along fashionable Lleras Park were overflowing with after-work singles. At Triada, a stylish lounge with an orange neon bar and low-slung couches, laughter filled the subtropical air along with the deep-toned drumming of cumbia music. From around the corner, a small group of motorcyclists screeched by, their shiny engines puttering like machine guns. No one flinched, and the party kept rolling.

Fernando Botero


Thursday, June 28, 2007

One of the best and most popular contemporary artists in the world today

Fernando Botero (1932----) Born - Medellin, Colombia Fernando Botero is one of the best and perhaps the most popular contemporary artists in the world today. His unique style is instantly recognizable. In the course of three decades, his hard and disciplined effort resulted in more than 1,000 paintings, serveral thousand drawings; and beginning in the mid-1970's, a number of distinctive bodies of sculpture in bronze and polyester resins. "In art, as long as you have ideas and think, you are bound to deform nature. Art is deformation." - F. Botero

Famous Emeralds

By Margaret Burgon Klemp

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Famous emeralds can be found in museums all over the world, with the largest collections found in the crown jewels of Iran most notably the Pahlabi Crown and the Nadir Throne which contains over a thousand emerald carats. In the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul a connoisseur of gemstones can find some of the world's finest emeralds. The museum is on the grounds of the palace complex of the sultan who lived there---Topkapi Saray. Among the artifacts is the famous Topkapi dagger that has three large emeralds from Colombia embedded in it. This dagger was commissioned by Sultan Mahmud I in 1747 as a gift for Nadir Shah, the ruler of Persia. The Shah died before he could receive it, and it remained in Turkey.

Park Tayrona

By Andrea Holme

After a day of rest from the diving (by the way we passed the exam and all that- good old multiple choice :-) today we went into the Parque Nacional Tayrona- a national park which covers a large chunk of the Caribbean coast east of Taganga. We did most of our dives in the western part of the park but the eastern part is said to have the most beautiful beaches so we took a bus and spent the day there and it truly was the most beautiful place I have seen. That side of the park gets a lot more rain than the arid Taganga side and hence there is dense jungle vegetation which comes right down to the beach. Walking the paths from beach to beach we saw huge colonies of leaf-cutter ants streaming along their own motorway-like paths, enormous spiders with yellow and black legs sitting on their webs and hundreds of jewel bright lizards and land crabs which scuttled away at our tread but not before we glimpsed a flash of colour.

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