Archive for the ‘Colombia’ Category

Excandidato presidencial colombiano Antanas Mockus confiesa que ha sido “auxiliador” de las FARC

| May 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »
NTN24

El ex candidato presidencial y exalcalde de Bogotá, Antanas Mockus, anunció este viernes que ha sido “auxiliador” del grupo terrorista de las FARC y que está dispuesto a recibir penas por crímenes de guerra.

El anuncio del también docente se da luego de que el grupo terrorista de las FARC suspendiera este viernes, el cese al fuego unilateral, tras la muerte de 26 de sus miembros en el departamento colombiano del Cauca (sur del país), informaron varios medios locales.

En una declaración que dio en la sede presidencial acompañado del ministro de Defensa, Juan Carlos Pinzón, y el mando militar, Santos afirmó que en el bombardeo hubo “26 bajas y un menor de edad herido que recibió atención médica”.

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Farc suspenden el cese unilateral del fuego

| May 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »
El Tiempo-01

Las Farc anunciaron este viernes a través de un comunicado que suspenden el cese unilateral del fuego, acordado desde el 20 de diciembre del año pasado, luego del bombardeo contra el frente 29 que dejó 26 guerrilleros muertos.

“Nos duelen por igual las muertes de guerrilleros y soldados, hijos de un mismo pueblo y procedentes de familias pobres. Debemos parar este desangre”, dijo las Farc en un comunicado.

Las Farc insistieron en la necesidad de acordar el cese bilateral del fuego.

Los guerrilleros murieron en una operación de la Fuerza Aérea y del Ejército en zona selvática del municipio de Guapí (sur del Cauca).

Las tropas iban detrás de alias ‘Aldemar’, jefe de ese frente, quien al parecer logró salir de la zona. Sin embargo, otro mando de ese grupo, alias ‘Chugo’, sí estaría entre los muertos.

Los bombardeos se reiniciaron el pasado 15 de abril como ... Read More

Colombia army raid kills 18 Farc rebels as talks inch on

| May 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »
BBC

At least 18 members of the Farc rebel group have been killed in a military operation in Colombia, officials say.

The attack – in the south-western Cauca region – is the deadliest since the resumption of air raids against the rebels last month.

President Juan Manuel Santos restarted the raids after 11 soldiers were killed in an ambush.

The bloodshed comes as Farc and government representatives meet for the latest round of peace talks in Cuba.

The two sides have been in negotiations since 2012 to try to end more than half a century of conflict.

Thursday’s military action comprised an air strike and ground assault against the rebel group in Guapi, Cauca, said officials.

The operation’s aim was the capture of a rebel known by the alias “Javier”, and two rebels were captured along with those killed, defence ministry officials told the ... Read More

Drug plane from Venezuela crashes off Colombia’s coast

| May 21st, 2015 | No Comments »
USA TODAY

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A small plane en route from Venezuela with more than a ton of cocaine on board crashed into the Caribbean on Wednesday after being pursued by Colombia’s air force.

That’s about the only point of agreement between authorities in Venezuela and Colombia, both of whom took credit while offering different accounts of how the drug run was foiled.

Video released by Colombia’s air force shows a Hawker 800 aircraft being intercepted by fighter jets after it entered Colombia’s air space around 2:30 a.m. Officials said the pilot then maneuvered in an attempt to escape, but eventually crashed off the coast of Puerto Colombia when one of the plane’s motors failed.

Colombia’s coast guard said the body of the pilot, whose nationality had not released, was found among the wreckage along with 1.2 metric tons of cocaine up packaged in one-kilogram blocks.

Hours later Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino took to national television in his ... Read More

Nexos con Farc y pagos de narcos involucran a militares venezolanos

| May 20th, 2015 | No Comments »
El Tiempo-01

Los líos de militares y funcionarios venezolanos con la justicia de Estados Unidos comenzaron con los hallazgos en el computador del extinto jefe guerrillero de las Farc ‘Raúl Reyes’, en los que quedaron en evidencia la relación con militares.

En el 2008, luego de la caída del guerrillero, el Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos incluyó en la llamada Lista Clinton al general Hugo Carvajal, quien fuera el exdirector de Inteligencia Militar en Venezuela; y al exministro Ramón Rodríguez Chacín.

En los documentos aparece que la decisión se tomó ante las informaciones de que habrían colaborado con armar, estimular y financiar a la guerrilla colombiana. A Rodríguez Chacín se le señala de haber tratado de facilitar un préstamo de 250 millones de dólares a las Farc y a Rangel de haber promovió la cooperación del Gobierno con ese grupo.

Los dos no fueron los primeros. En el 2001 ya ... Read More

El número dos venezolano, Cabello, envió droga a Europa vía España

| May 20th, 2015 | No Comments »
ABC Madrid-01

POR EMILI J. BLASCO

Estados Unidos está cerrando el cerco en torno a altos cargos venezolanos implicados en el narcotráfico, con una investigación abierta sobre Diosdado Cabello, presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, siguiendo acusaciones de testigos que dibujan una situación de narcoestado. Así lo adelantó ya a finales de enero ABC y así lo publicó ayer «The Wall Street Journal».

Pero la droga que sale de Venezuela -el noventa por ciento de la producción de Colombia se distribuye desde suelo venezolano; unas cinco toneladas semanales- no solo va a Estados Unidos, sino que también llega a Europa, con España como punto importante en las rutas que siguen las mafias, entre ellas principalmente el cártel de los Soles, la organización paraestatal del narco venezolano. Su nombre viene de los soles que llevan los generales venezolanos en la charretera.

De acuerdo con fuentes próximas a la Administración para el Control ... Read More

Colombia’s Santos replaces defense minister

| May 20th, 2015 | No Comments »
From AFP

Bogota (AFP) – President Juan Manuel Santos said his defense minister was being reassigned and replaced, as the government wades through peace talks with leftist rebels.

The outgoing minister, Juan Carlos Pinzon, who has spent four years in the post, “will be taking over as ambassador in Washington,” Santos said during an address.

“The new defense minister will be Luis Carlos Villegas, the current ambassador to the United states,” he added.

The president said it should be an easy transition and will be carried out in coming weeks; he did not address his motivation for the change.

Some analysts however, see Pinzon as too closely aligned with army interests and hardline opponents of Colombia’s insurgencies.

Pinzon, an economist who is close to the president and seen as a potential political heir, clashed often with Santos’ top priority: ironing out a peace deal with ... Read More

Frustration with Latin America’s left on the rise

| May 19th, 2015 | No Comments »
Article originally appeared in the Associated Press

By JOSHUA GOODMAN

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s socialist government is struggling to put food on the shelves amid runaway inflation. Brazil’s president is facing calls for impeachment. And even Cuba’s communist government, an iconic touchstone for generations of leftists, is embracing closer ties with the U.S.

Whether it’s because of corruption scandals or stagnant growth, the popularity of the crop of leftist Latin American governments that have been running the region since the start of the millennium appears to be waning. Voters who embraced what became known as the pink tide that swept away the pro-Washington, free-market policies dominant in the 1990s are increasingly turning against the populist firebrands they once rallied behind.

Across the region, polling numbers are tanking and street protests are on the rise.

Triggering the growing disenchantment are some serious economic headwinds. Most leaders came into power just ... Read More

Las FARC entrenan a jefes del Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación

| May 18th, 2015 | No Comments »
Proceso

Por J. JESÚS ESQUIVEL

WASHINGTON (Proceso).- El derribo de un helicóptero del Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales el pasado viernes 1 en Jalisco no fue un golpe de suerte de los sicarios ni puede atribuirse automáticamente a una posible impreparación de los militares; el ataque estuvo perfectamente coordinado y ejecutado por el Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) gracias, según agencias federales estadunidenses, al adiestramiento que las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) les han dado.

El CJNG y Los Cuinis, aseguran fuentes de inteligencia de Estados Unidos, tienen sicarios entrenados por las FARC específicamente para contrarrestar los embates militares.

“Nuestros sistemas de inteligencia en Colombia detectaron desde hace varios meses que algunos integrantes del narcotráfico mexicano habían recibido adiestramiento en ese país por parte de las FARC”, comenta a Proceso un alto funcionario de una de las agencias estadunidenses de inteligencia.

“Los informes que obtuvimos en Colombia señalan que jefes de grupo (sicarios) y varios jefes del ... Read More

Susan Kaufman Purcell: The New Normal in Latin America

| May 18th, 2015 | No Comments »
Latin American Herald Tribune

By Susan Kaufman Purcell

At the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama, the topic that received the most attention was the U.S. decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. This allowed the historic handshake and the official talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro that ended half a century of diplomatic isolation.

Various polls have shown, however, that that the diplomatic problems between the United States and Cuba have not been a major concern of Latin Americans. Why then were the Latins so enthusiastic about this particular change in U.S. policy toward the region?

The answer was not that normalization would bring an end to the Castro dictatorship, since Latin America has not cared whether Cuba remained a dictatorship. Nor were Latin American governments preoccupied that the inflow of dollars to Cuba following the normalization of relations would mainly benefit Cuba’s unelected and wealthy rulers, especially the military, which controls the ... Read More

Frustration with Latin America’s left on the rise as leaders hit by economic slowdown, scandal

| May 18th, 2015 | No Comments »
Star Tribune

By JOSHUA GOODMAN

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s socialist government is struggling to put food on the shelves amid runaway inflation. Brazil’s president is facing calls for impeachment. And even Cuba’s communist government, an iconic touchstone for generations of leftists, is embracing closer ties with the U.S.

Whether it’s because of corruption scandals or stagnant growth, the popularity of the crop of leftist Latin American governments that have been running the region since the start of the millennium appears to be waning. Voters that embraced what became known as the pink tide that swept away the pro-Washington, free-market policies dominant in the 1990s are increasingly tuning hostile against the populist firebrands they once rallied behind.

Across the region, polling numbers are tanking and street protests are on the rise.

Triggering the growing disenchantment are some serious economic headwinds. Most leaders came into power just as China’s economy was ... Read More

Colombia Takes U-Turn on Drug Policy

| May 15th, 2015 | No Comments »
Wall Street Journal WSJ-01

By Juan Forero

LA HORMIGA, Colombia—For nearly 15 years, crop dusters have buzzed over the hinterlands here in southern Colombia, dumping defoliant on vast fields of the crop used to make cocaine. And little by little, much of the coca that covered these humid hills like corn in Iowa wilted and died.

But Thursday night, a state entity that sets national drug policy announced that President Juan Manuel Santos’s government will phase out aerial spraying of coca, a cornerstone of Washington’s war on drugs in the Andes, epicenter for the world’s cocaine production.

The development is being celebrated by detractors of fumigation, who say spraying from the sky is inefficient, causes health problems and breeds resentment in regions where the government needs to win hearts and minds in its battle with Marxist rebels.

Spraying had been reduced since 2013, as safety concerns following the downings of crop dusters by rebel ground-fire and other factors prompted ... Read More

Inundados de coca

| May 13th, 2015 | No Comments »
Excelsior

Por Jorge Fernández Menéndez

La relación de México y Colombia es estratégica en muchos sentidos, como se pudo comprobar en la reciente visita del presidente Juan Manuel Santos a nuestro país y en la participación de ambas naciones en la Alianza del Pacífico, que mantienen con Chile, Perú y Costa Rica: en los hechos, ante el derrumbe económico y político del chavismo y con él, el de la llamada Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA), la Alianza del Pacífico se ha constituido en el más exitoso y sólido mecanismo integrador de la región.

Pero México y Colombia están unidas también por el desafío del narcotráfico. La historia de las relaciones de los grupos criminales de ambos países, con sus asociaciones y desencuentros, con sus negocios y enfrentamientos, es demasiado larga como para ignorarla. Y en esas paralelas, que aquí sí se tocan constantemente, tenemos en ... Read More

Experts Fear Surge in Cocaine Supply to U.S. as Colombia Mulls Ending Coca Eradication

| May 13th, 2015 | No Comments »
From Time

By John Otis

American officials are trying to persuade Colombia to continue spraying coca crops with herbicide despite fears that it damages human health

o destroy the raw material for cocaine, Colombian police crop dusters have sprayed herbicide on more than 4 million acres of the country’s coca fields over the last two decades. But the controversial U.S.-backed program could soon be grounded in the wake of a new World Health Organization finding that glyphosate, the active ingredient in that herbicide, may cause cancer.

Citing the WHO report, President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday urged the country’s National Narcotics Council, which is made up of government ministers, to phase out aerial spraying within a few months, a decision that the council could make as soon as Thursday. “The risk does exist,” Santos said. “We need a system that is more efficient and less damaging.”

But amid signs that cocaine production is ... Read More

Colombia rebel leaders met secretly to pursue peace talks: government

| May 12th, 2015 | No Comments »
Business Insider

BOGOTA (Reuters) – The head of Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels has met with his counterpart in the smaller ELN guerrilla group to try to convince him to bring his movement into peace talks, a senior government negotiator said on Tuesday.The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has been in peace talks with the government for more than two years, but the ELN, or National Liberation Army, is still mulling whether to enter into negotiations.

Both groups have been fighting the government for 50 years in a war that has killed more than 220,000 people and created one of the world’s largest internally displaced populations.

Humberto de la Calle, the government’s chief negotiator with FARC, said the group’s leader, Rodrigo Londono, who is better known as “Timochenko,” met the ELN’s Nicolas Rodriguez, or “Gabino,” in Cuba in late April.

“Detailed explanation to the ELN of the advances ... Read More

Colombia: ‘No blanket amnesty for Farc’

| May 11th, 2015 | No Comments »
BBC

By Vanessa Buschschluter

Colombia’s High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo has ruled out a blanket amnesty for members of Colombia’s Farc rebel group.

Mr Jaramillo, who is part of the government team engaged in peace talks with the Farc in Havana, said that “the days when you could say that there’ll be a blanket amnesty are over”.

The two sides have reached agreement on three out of five topics at the talks.

The Marxist rebels have been fighting the government for more than 50 years.

The Colombian government negotiators and a delegation of Farc rebels started holding formal peace talks in November 2012 in the Cuban capital, Havana.

Briefing journalists at the Colombian embassy in London, Mr Jaramillo acknowledged there had been stumbling blocks on the road to peace.

He said that a rebel attack in western Cauca province in April in which 11 soldiers were ... Read More

Hezbollah en América Latina: el narcotráfico, su principal fuente de financiamiento

| May 11th, 2015 | No Comments »
Infobae

Las actividades delictivas del grupo terrorista Hezbollah en la región continúan su ascenso sin que ninguna alarma se encienda en los Gobiernos de América Latina. Incluso en muchos casos, las autoridades de algunas administraciones regionales son cómplices de sus movimientos. Tráfico de drogas, de armas, de influencias, lavado de dinero y otras maniobras ilícitas son las elegidas por las células que la agrupación libanesa mantiene a lo largo de esta parte del mundo.

Desde 2006 a la fecha, fue sobre todo el narcotráfico la vía que más dinero aportó al financiamiento de Hezbollah. Bajo diferentes fachadas, jefes regionales del grupo terrorista se instalaron en diferentes ciudades latinoamericanas para tapar sus verdaderos propósitos. Mezquitas, centros culturales islámicos, comercios y otras organizaciones sin apariencia política reúnen a cientos de fieles, quienes en muchos casos son “utilizados” por la agrupación extremista.

Es la Triple Frontera (conformada por Paraguay, Brasil y la Argentina) la “capital” de ... Read More

Colombia Moves Toward Ending Aerial Assault on Coca Crops

| May 11th, 2015 | No Comments »
Wall Street Journal WSJ-01 By JUAN FORERO

BOGOTÁ, Colombia—Aerial fumigation of drug crops, a centerpiece in the U.S. war on drugs in the Andes, is close to being phased out after Colombia’s president on Saturday publicly said he is recommending ending its use against the leaf used to make cocaine.

Since the 1990s, aerial spraying, undertaken by crop dusters dropping the defoliant glyphosate on coca fields in much of Colombia, has been eagerly pursued by three U.S. administrations that saw it as the best way to deliver a blow against drug trafficking here.

But while the size of the coca crop had been reduced since the early 2000s, the program has been hobbled by safety concerns and lawsuits filed by farmers.

President Juan Manuel Santos, speaking during a visit to a Bogotá hospital, said he is asking the country’s National Narcotics Council to take the decision to suspend aerial spraying at the group’s next meeting, on Thursday. The council is mostly ... Read More

Colombia ELN rebels ‘displayed solider’s leg as trophy

| May 8th, 2015 | No Comments »
BBC

The Colombian government has accused the leftist ELN rebel group of displaying the severed leg of a soldier as a war trophy.

Edward Avila lost both legs after he stepped on a land mine on Wednesday outside a village school.

One of the legs was later found attached to the school fence in Norte de Santander province.

“The ELN atrocity has brought shame and pain to all Colombians,” President Juan Manuel Santos wrote on Twitter.

Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon called the rebels “human rats”.

‘Only lost legs’

The soldier said he was unloading goods at the school in the village of Convencion, near the border with Venezuela, when the accident happened.

“I remember I took a step, heard the explosion and saw my legs shattered,” he told Blu Radio.

“I remember clearly all the effort my colleagues made ... Read More

Los Colombianos quieren ‘paz’ pero no confían en que Santos pueda conseguirla

| May 6th, 2015 | No Comments »
AEI

El asesinato de 11 soldados del ejercito colombiano el pasado 14 de abril en la provincia del Cauca a manos de las FARC, parece haber agotado la paciencia del país con el proceso de paz. Un proceso que lleva casi 3 años y que ha sido la piedra medular de la política del presidente Juan Manuel Santos en su segundo mandato. Dados los resultados de una encuesta publicada esta semana, todo apunta a que Santos deberá escoger entre salvar el proceso de paz o salvar su credibilidad.

De acuerdo con una encuesta realizada por Ipsos del 23 al 26 de abril, el 69% de los colombianos no creen que los diálogos de paz en La Habana puedan producir un acuerdo que termine con el conflicto armado de medio siglo. Noventa y tres por ciento de los encuestados tiene una opinión negativa de las FARC, tres puntos porcentuales más desde el ataque ... Read More

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